On   May   3rd   2006   the   glamorous   Cindy   took   time   out   of   her busy   schedule   to   pop   into   a   hotel   near   her   home   to   chat with   some   select   fans   from   the   Crossroads   Fan   Club,   of which   she   has   accepted   a   role   of   Patron   for   the   CAS   social media pages. Here   you   can   see   some   of   the   results   of   a   questions   and answers session. To   make   the   conversation   flow   better   in   text   the   questions   have   been   rearranged   into   a   more   organised   style,   rather   then   the   order   they   were   asked   at the event. Can you tell us a little bit about how you got the role as Tracey Booth in Crossroads 2001-2003? My   agent   submitted   me   for   the   part   of Tracey.   I   was   in   LA   when   I   found   out   that   they   were   interested   in   me   for   the   role   on   Crossroads.   I   flew   back   and   did the audition the next day. It took ten days for them to let me know I'd got the part, I was a wreck! Did you enjoy your time on Crossroads? Oh   yeah!   I   loved   it!   The   first   scene   I   had   to   record   was   with   Jane   Rossington,   I   was   so   nervous!   But   she   was   great   to   work   with.   At   the   very   beginning Tracey   was   really   stupid.   She   was   even   calling   people   by   their   wrong   name,   like   Minty,   she   was   calling   him   Monty.   She   was   so   brain   dead,   then   suddenly about   three   weeks   later   she   suddenly   became   really   brainy! And   then   later   on   (laughs)   she   became   an   alcoholic,   one   day   she   wasn't   the   next   day   she   was. But mine went on forever, my addiction. You said you loved working on Crossroads, which version did you enjoy best? Oh the second one, the third one was ..! (shrugs) Mark two was getting three and a half million viewers. Why change it? Did you feel that in the 2003 series they'd watered your character down a lot? Yeah they had, because I wasn't in the "royal family" anymore! It did seem that the strong Russell/Booth family seemed to be sidelined in the later episodes? Yeah they did, they weren't as close as they had been. But they were no longer the main family. Tracey was like a new version of "Jill Chance" suffering all the problems life threw at her such as alcoholism, did you see similarities? Yes Tracey was very like the original series Jill, she was very close to her family and all that stuff too. Kate ect.. Did you enjoy Tracey's humorous moments, like singing on the bar drunk? Oh my goodness, that stuff on the bar! That was horrendous! I can't sing! Did you know the 2002 series was coming to an end before it went off air for four months? No, no, no, no. God no. Everyone thought they were all coming back. We all just thought we were going on a break. Its   believed   by   some   fans   that   the   third   series   was   internally   sabotaged   by   Carlton   and   Granada   bosses   at   that   time   to   simply   close   Central Television's Nottingham studios, were the cast and crew aware of any of that? I don't think Yvon knew about any of that. We were not told any reasons. Did you like the series three producer, Yvon Grace? Oh yeah, she's a really nice lady. Was there anyone you didn't get on with? There wasn't anyone I didn't get on with. Sherrie is great, Colin is great, Jane Gurnett was like my best friend, all the cast were fine to work with. Who else did you get on with? Joanne Farrell was really nice, Lucy Paragetter and Jane Rossington too. When in 2002 Carlton, owners of Central, decided to change the show into a new style, did they warn you about the planned revamp? They did, they took us out for tea. Yvon Grace took us out for tea, to the Ritz or some sort of hotel like that. And she said that Jane Asher was coming in. Was that all the series two cast? No,   no.   Sherrie   Hewson   and   Jane   Gurnett   had   their   own   private   meeting.   Rebecca   Hazelwood   had   her   own   private   meeting   with Yvon.   So   it   was   Jim   Dunk, me,   Lucy   Paragetter   and   Roger   Sloman.   Only   four   of   us,   and   only   six   from   the   original   26   cast.   Colin   Wells   and   Gilly   Gilchrist   were   fired.   I   thought   that   I would   be   coming   back   though   before   the   meeting   took   place   as   Tracey   was   quite   popular,   although   so   was   Phil   Berry   [Neil   Grainger]   but   he   didn't   come back. Do you know why they were sacked? I   think   they   had   to   choose   between   Tracey   or   Jake   [Colin]   to   stay,   I   don't   think   they   were   allowed   to   keep   both,   as   the   new   main   family   were   to   be   the Samson rather than the Russell. One of Tracey's last big stories in Crossroads was her affair with Dave Stocks. What did you think of that? Yvon   took   me   to   one   side,   she   said   to   me   "I've   got   this   fantastic   idea,   you're   going   to   love   it.   You're   going   to   have   an   affair   with   Dave."   And   I   said   "Who's Dave!" (laughs) And it ended up being Jim Dunk and I went "Aaaah" There wasn't a lot I could do, I couldn't turn around and say "God Dave is revolting!" So not one of your favourite storylines? It was so unbelievable wasn't it? But Dave was good with Scott, he helped Scott with all his homework. What scenes did you enjoy doing? I   loved   the   scenes   with   Vince   the   chef,   I   like   Vince,   I   thought   he   was   really   funny.   He   was   so   mean   to Tracey,   and   she   clawed   back.   He   was   jealous   because Tracey is so beautiful. (laughs) Did you enjoy filming the more harrowing stuff, such as Tracey attempting suicide on the cliff top? It was quite good at the time, as I didn't need an hour and a quarter in make-up! (laughs) I don't care I'll record scenes without make-up! And then Tracey became Bar Manager in 2003, did Yvon know she was a recovering alcoholic? Well who gave me that job? Wasn't it Angel? It wouldn't have been Kate! Kate would have realised it was too dodgy to give her that job. Were there a lot of bloopers and mess-ups? Oh yeah! All the time! We were all under a lot of stress and strain. How did you feel about the role of Scott, your screen son being replaced with a new actor? Well   Matthew   Maude   was   alright,   but   my   little   Scott,   Kieran   Hardcastle   was   brilliant.   We   used   to   have   an   absolute   laugh,   we   used   to   tease   each   other,   we got   on   brilliantly,   we   had   such   a   laugh   we   used   to   bicker!   Then   he   was   replaced   with   the   older   actor,   he'd   aged   so   much.   He   looked   like   he   was   24,   he went from being a little school kid..! Who was the worst for forgetting their lines? Jane Rossington and I, used to write all our lines down in the salon! They were in the appointment book! Have you kept any scripts? Not many, I used to burn them. I kept the last few scripts, which were never filmed. Which characters did you like the most? Jill and Adam, I loved those two. Jake was a great character as well. What have you been up to since Crossroads ended? Well   I   did   lots   of   theatre   and   panto   and   stuff   like   that.   Then   I   bought   a   house   in   Scunthorpe   and   its   taken   me   a   year   and   a   half   to   do   it   up,   because   it's   a really big house. And I'm busy looking after my horses and stuff. Crossroads ended as a dream, with all the staff working in a supermarket rather than a hotel. What did you think about that? Well   that's   the   reason   I   think   Yvon   is   a   really   nice   person,   as   she   let   Princess   [Cindy's   dog]   appear   in   the   final   episode.   I   had   been   asking   her   to   write Princess   in,   and   she   on   the   last   one   let   her   on   it. Although   filming   was   a   nightmare,   as   the   supermarket   we   filmed   in   was   very   strict,   they   wouldn't   let   her on the floor! With your husband Tony being a producer - was he critical of your portrayal of Tracey, did he watch it? He used to always watch it, I used to get cross with him. I used to say there are other things to do in the house! He was never critical, not at all. Were you a fan of the original series? Oh yes, I loved the original Crossroads! And I used to think Adam Chance was really handsome! You   had   worked   for   Central   Television   before   on   a   couple   of   shows   but   notably   on   the   game   show   The   Price   Is   Right,   at   the   same   time   the   original Crossroads was being made, did you ever see the original show in production? No,   because   by   the   time   I   worked   on   The   Price   Is   Right   it   was   being   made   at   Lenton   Lane   studios.   Crossroads   was   still   at   Broad   Street.   Only   mark   two   and mark three were made at Lenton Lane, I think. What was it like working on The Price Is Right? Oh that was really good fun! We used to get drunk every night! You've also done some presenting recently for satellite television. Did you enjoy that? Yeah   it   was   ok,   you   actually   saw   my   house   on   that.   I   think   they've   pulled   the   plug   on   that   show   now   though,   the   channel's   gone   bust!   Typical,   everything   I touch goes bust! (laughs) In true Crossroads style! Yeah! (laughs) Do you have any plans for the future? I don't want to do anymore theatre, not at the moment anyway, I've done so much of that. Would you do a musical? Oh I don't know, I'm rubbish at dancing! Finally, would you ever come back as Tracey Booth should Crossroads ever return? Oh of course I would, but I don't think it'll ever come back -  sadly.
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