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Ice cold dip in Loch Lomond proved Two Doors Down star Arabella Weir’s Scottish roots

Arabella Weir (BBC)
Arabella Weir (BBC)

The BBC Scotland-made comedy, starring Alex Norton, Elaine C. Smith and Jonathan Watson, got a full series after a chuckle-filled one-off New Year special.

But Arabella Weir, who plays Beth, wife to Alex’s Eric, says neighbours can be no laughing matter in real life.

“Good neighbours are unbelievably vital, so I would say they are more important, in a way, than friends.

“If you’ve got a crazy neighbour that will impact on you hugely. Friends you can get rid of, but if you’re next door to someone you don’t like you’re stuck with them.”

Arabella describes Beth as mum to everyone in the street, the one who’ll try to smooth things over.

However, it’s her wardrobe as much as her character that made Arabella smile.

Arabella as Beth and Alex Norton as Eric (BBC)
Arabella as Beth and Alex Norton as Eric (BBC)

“She wears leggings all the time, and slippers, which pretty much sums up everything you need to know about her,” she says.

“My posh granny, my ‘Melrose Granny’, would never have dreamed of going out looking like Beth.

“She had her hair set once a week and she would never answer her door in her pinnie.

“Beth doesn’t think like that. She’s all about being comfortable.”

What wouldn’t have been comfortable to some, though, was the habit Arabella – both of whose parents are Scots – had of unwinding after the Dumbarton studio filming by swimming in Loch Lomond.

“My grandfather used to break the ice to swim every day, so our wild swimming wasn’t that cold in comparison.

“I guess that’s the Scottishness coming out in me.

“I could almost hear my granny saying: ‘Get in there, you big Jessie’”.

Two Doors Down, BBC2, Friday, 10pm.


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