Stephanie Beacham: Trollied role is my meanest

Stephanie Beacham: Trollied role is my meanest
Stephanie Beacham: Trollied role is my meanest (Image credit: PA Archive/Press Association Ima)

Actress Stephanie Beacham has said that her character in Sky One sitcom Trollied is the meanest person she has ever played on screen. The 65-year-old, who has joined the cast of the supermarket set show as tough manager Lorraine, admitted that she had never played anybody quite as unpleasant. "She's a cow. The other day she was so horrid to Jane Horrocks's character that it quite upset me," Stephanie said. "But she's no-nonsense, and Jane's character is all fluffy and annoying and she definitely annoys Lorraine." However Stephanie - who auditioned for the role via iPad in Los Angeles - said the part was "a fabulous change of pace from anything I've ever done before". "Lorraine doesn't have time for mascara," Stephanie revealed. "She does her eye liner at the bus stop or traffic lights. She thinks she's glamorous, but she has one tired old suit that we had to hire, and T-shirts that cost £6. "It took every bit of lack of ego for me to have the one button with the pulled fabric - the suit fitted her a little better a few years ago." She admitted also that the role was partly inspired by Dragon's Den's Hilary Devey. It's got one eighth of her in it," she said. The actress, who had to look up the entrepreneur on the internet, added: "Lorraine's not meant to be Hilary Devey but she was definitely part of the inspiration for her."

Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.