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<i>Footballers' Wives</I> gets its own Posh & Becks

January 22, 2004
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A glamorous football player signs to a top club and immediately becomes the team's most high-profile player. But critics of the handsome athlete, who wears the number 23 jersey, say he is more worried about his image than the game. And the blonde hunk's wife, who is also something of a style icon, is herself no stranger to tabloid headlines.

One might be forgiven for assuming the above description was of David and Victoria Beckham. But in fact the glitzy couple being talked about are Conrad and Amber Gates, the new stars of hit series Footballers' Wives.

Producer's of the show have admitted that their newest characters have been based on Britain's favourite couple. "We just couldn't resist poking a bit more fun at Posh and Becks," said creator Brian Park. "Posh is the ultimate footballer's wife, so we had to pay tribute to her."

In the new series Conrad and Amber, played by dashing actor Ben Price and former Hollyoaks star Laila Rouass, will be seen buying a pair Buddhist shrines, just as the Beckhams did last year. And Conrad will develop something of a reputation for his frequent changes of hairstyle, not unlike the England skipper himself. Amber, meanwhile, is a strong-willed brunette with a penchant for Dolce & Gabbana clothes and getting her own way.

What the real Beckhams will think of their alter-egos remains to be seen. Victoria believes she has already been caricatured in the show, and once admitted that her hairstylist nicknamed her Beaujolais - spoofing the onscreen character Chardonnay - as a result.

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London-born Laila Rouass, who has previously appeared in Family Affairs and Hollyoaks, adopts some decidedly "posh" characteristics for her new role
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In his new role as Conrad in Footballers' Wives, Ben Price will be changing his hairstyle frequently. He will never match Becks in the role model stakes, however, as producers warn that he's something of a philanderer

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