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5 minutes with Scarlett Moffat

Former Gogglebox and I'm a Celebrity star Scarlett Moffatt starred as the Fairy Godmother in Crawley's Cinderella recently. Oh yes she did!

Scarlett, 30, who’s a regular on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway trod the boards throughout December and early January as part of the Hawth’s legendary panto. Alongside Scarlett was popular kids TV presenter Nigel Clarke, from CBeebies’ Baby Club, playing Dandini.

We caught up with Scarlett during rehearsals for the panto in Crawley.

MUDDY: You’re playing the fairy godmother but be honest would you rather be panto villain?

No! I’d always rather be a fairy godmother than a villain. I don’t think I’d even be able to pretend to nasty, I’d end up going, ‘actually Cinderella don’t tear your ticket up for the ball you go and have yourself a good time!’

MUDDY: What are your childhood panto memories?

My favourite childhood panto memory is seeing the Chuckle Brothers (legends!) in Aladdin. I went with my primary school and I remember thinking wow I’d love to be on that stage one day.

MUDDY: Any funny backstage stories?

We always have such a giggle backstage. We just pull faces at each other from the wings.

MUDDY: Come on – have you tried on the Ugly Sister’s frocks?

I’ve never tried the ugly sister’s frocks on but I absolutely love them. They always have the most outrageously fun costumes.

MUDDY: How do you keep a straight face – or don’t you?

Sometimes on stage I don’t keep a straight face, that’s the joy of panto. If something goes wrong or something funny happens you can join in on the laugh with the audience.

MUDDY: Any problems remembering your lines?

This is only my second pantomime but I’ve definitely got into a routine of learning my lines. I’ve found recording myself and listening back helps them sink in.

MUDDY: And finally as we’re in Crawley what are your fave local finds?

I’m loving Crawley. Me and the rest of the gang tend to head to the Harvester for the salad bar and a good gossip!

Catch Scarlett in Cinderella at the Hawth, Crawley from 10 December –  2 January  2022.

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