'Stick It up Your Jumper!' star Caffy Buckle will feature in ITV2's new series 'Lunchbreaks'.
Buckle who last year starred in the Broadway production of 'Get Down Shep!' has spoken of her delight at being back on home soil.
Caffy, it's good to have you back - how was life in the States?
It was great. They really made me feel at home. I'm even on surname terms with Scorcese and Di Caprio!
That's a huge leap from 'Stick It up Your Jumper'.
Yes and I'll always be grateful to 'Stick It' for all the doors it opened.
Are you still in touch with your friends from the cast?
You're joking aren't you? When we realised that the series was ending, there was this mad scrabble to find more work. I was lucky. I got 'Get Down Shep!' but once they realised, I couldn't shake them off, they were like dandruff. And the truth is, some of them - especially Ralph Fiennes - were so bad that I couldn't have helped them even if I'd tried. To tell you the truth, I haven't even told them that I'm back in the country.
That seems a bit harsh - to viewers you were one big happy family?
Well yeah but we were pretending. It was acting innit? But THEY were never very good. It was me who carried the whole show. Apart from Danny Dyer, who basically played himself and was bladdered half the time, I was the one who made 'Jumper' a success.
Are they aware of how you feel?
Nah. Besides I'm far too good an actress for that. As far as they're concerned, I love them all to bits.
What's the attitude like in the States?
Kill or be killed. That's what Travolta told me. You've got to be ruthless. Look at Cat Deeley. She didn't hang about after CD:UK. She got her visa and was off quicker than you can say Roman Polanski.
You were so successful in 'Get Down Shep!', why did you return to the UK?
The money. The pound's quite strong against the dollar at the moment so my accountant has worked out how much I can stash before it's hit by taxes. Once I reach the optimum amount, I'll bugger off again.
Doesn't that compromise your artistic integrity?
Nah. I have to rehearse my lines no matter what I get paid so I might as well go for the drumstick as opposed to the wing.
Catch 'Lunchbreaks' at 5pm, ITV2.