Louise Redknapp says she 'turned down' role of Emily in Friends

Louise Redknapp reveals she ‘turned down’ the role of Ross Geller’s wife Emily in Friends to appear on Top Of The Pops in the 90s

Louise Redknapp has revealed that she ‘turned down’ the role of Ross Geller’s wife Emily Waltham in Friends to appear on Top Of The Pops in the 90s.

The iconic role was played by Cold Feet actress Helen Baxendale, now 50, who portrayed Emily for 14 episodes from 1997 to 1998.

Talking at her socially-distanced concert at The Clapham Grand on Friday night, the star is said to have revealed she could have played Emily but she picked Top Of The Pops as it was a ‘big opportunity’.

Iconic: Louise Redknapp has revealed that she ‘turned down’ the role of Ross Geller’s wife Emily Waltham in Friends to appear on Top Of The Pops in the 90s (pictured in 90s)  

According to Metro, Louise said: ‘I didn’t have a lot of time and a lot of people were investing money into the album.

‘To be on Top Of The Pops with that single meant a lot to me. Back in the day Top Of The Pops was huge.’  

Elsewhere during her Clapham Grand show, Louise told MailOnline that she is ‘very single’.   

When asked whether there was a significant other in her life, Louise, who split from husband Jamie in 2017, admitted: ‘I am very very single!’  

Legendary character: The iconic role was played by Cold Feet actress Helen Baxendale, now 50, who portrayed Emily for 14 episodes from 1997 to 1998

Opportunity! Talking at her socially-distanced concert at The Clapham Grand on Friday night, the star is said to have revealed she could have played Emily but she picked Top Of The Pops as it was a ‘big opportunity’ (characters Monica, Emily and Ross pictured in Friends still) 

Louise went on to discuss the potential for an Eternal reunion, and admitted that it was ‘definitely’ on the cards.

She explained: ‘[An Eternal reunion] is definitely something I would be up for doing. We have talked about it. And who knows… we’ll see what next year brings…’ 

Louise was part of the R&B girl group from 1992 to 2000 alongside Easther Bennett, her sister Vernie, and Kelle Bryan, however Louise did not join the trio when they made a comeback in 2013.

Louise put on a stylish display at the event, as she wrapped up in a metallic grey longline jacket over a simple black denim shirt.

Revelation! According to Metro , Louise said: ‘I didn’t have a lot of time and a lot of people were investing money into the album.’ 

She added: ‘To be on Top Of The Pops with that single meant a lot to me. Back in the day Top Of The Pops was huge.’ 

Colour-coordinating her ensemble, the singer stepped out in a pair of frayed black jeans and boosted her height in chic heels.

Her brunette locks were styled into glamorous waves that fell over her shoulders, and she used a light palette of make-up for the occasion.

Louise appeared to be bleary-eyed as she departed the concert venue following the show and made her way home.

Last week, Louise’s ex-husband Jamie revealed his celebrity friends still tease him about the so-called Strictly curse, nearly three years after his divorce from his wife of 19 years, Louise.


Single! Elsewhere during her Clapham Grand show, Louise told MailOnline that she is ‘very single’ 

The BBC series was blamed for the demise of his relationship with the singer as they split shortly after competing on the series with professional dancer Kevin Clifton in late 2016. 

‘Of course, Freddie [Flintoff] and I get some stick but there’s nobody who gives it and can’t take it. I’ve never really felt uncomfortable with a joke’, the former footballer, 47, said about the jokes made by his A League of Their Own co-stars in a new interview. 

The sports pundit, who has barely spoken about his divorce publicly, insisted he’s used to getting made fun out of as he added to Ireland’s Sunday Independent: ‘I’ve been in football dressing-rooms since I was 11 years of age and there was always a lot of slagging. 

Performer: The singer put on a sizzling display as she took to the stage at Clapham Grand on Friday for a socially distanced gig 

‘I was in the Liverpool dressing-room with Ray Houghton, John Barnes and Ronnie Whelan. If you can handle that, you can handle A League of Their Own.’

Competing on Strictly requires hard work and often draws competitors away from their families, creating rifts between loved ones. This phenomenon is known as the Strictly curse and has led to several divorces and breakups. 

A series of couples have fallen victim to the curse since the show’s inception in 2004, including Natasha Kaplinsky, Ben Cohen, and more recently Neil and Katya Jones.  


Having fun: Louise was full of smiles as she worked the stage during the evening

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