|Tim as Lesley having his wig positioned!|
I couldn't stop laughing as I looked at him .... full face of OTT make-up and red nail varish. He couldn't wait to remove his wig and bra as soon as filming had stopped - "don't know how you girls put up with it... and heels too" he chortled in his broad Geordie accent. I sometimes wonder too I told him.
I was intrigued to know how on earth he got to play this most "unusual" part - I remember him from the days when he played Dennis Patterson, butch builder in the television series Auf Wiedersehen Pet ... a far cry from his current character Lesley !
"Well its like this" and he began his story ..... He was at the "TV Quick awards" in 2008 when "Benidorm" won the Best Comedy Show. He went up to Derren Litten, writer of the series to congratulate him and said in jest that he would love to be on it but as a completely unbelievable character such as a transvestite! He said this tongue in cheek so was then astounded and shocked when he was sent a script some time latter with him being cast as Lesley. "Well I had no excuse as he'd written it specially for me like" he laughed. Well goes to show, never say anything in jest as it may come back to bite you! But the viewers are certainly delighted that you are on the series I told him. The hardest part for him is being away from his wife, actress Denise Welch and his boys - particularly his youngest Louis who is 10. Denise and Louis had just been in Benidorm over the half term break and they they had a great time - Louis found a great friend in Oliver, who plays Michael Garvey in the series. "Its difficult for Oliver as he is the only child in the series so he and Louis got on great and he doesn't live too far away from us so Im sure they'll stay in touch"
|The transformation !|
|Opening Claires salon earlier this month.|
Earlier this month he took time out on a Sunday to open a beauty salon "Claires" in Albir for Claire - who was doing his nails for his role as Lesley! He is only too happy to help out anywhere he can ... what a gent he is. Infact, Claire's partner Stuart from the Geordie Bar in Benidorm is also a huge fundraiser and puts on lots of events to raise money for Emaus in particular - a local childrens charity - maybe its a Geordie thing but whatever it is - well done lads!
On this trip he has bought over his motorbike and car so that on days off he can wizz off into the mountains. "Is that what you're doing tomorrow on your day off" I asked. "No pet, its laundry day tomorrow - Ive nought clean left" ! He use to come to Spain alot as he had a place in Callahonda, near Marbella but that has now been sold. Instead he has a holiday villa in Turkey ... but has only been twice in the last six years as he's always too busy !
With that the crew came back from lunch and the costume department were waiting to dress Tim and transform him into Lesley again. What a truely lovely chap he is - I wish him all the best for his fund raising event in February next year.