U.K. viewers have been lucky to see lesbians on national television for 7 years now, thanks to Bad Girls. From Helen and Nikki’s tormented relationship to the latest romance between sweet Sheena (in for drugs) and hard-as-nails Pat (in for murder), the show has featured a diverse array of lesbian and bisexual characters, and won many industry and audience awards along the way.
Now that BBC America has started airing the first season (with the second season coming soon), U.S. audiences can enjoy Bad Girls, as well.
The latest lesbian character to join the show is Pat Kerrigan, played by Liz May Brice (whom you may also recognize from her head-chopping scene in Resident Evil). From the moment Pat Kerrigan arrived at Larkhall Prison, we could see that meant business. She made a nun strip, decked Natalie Buxton (Danielle Brent), and fell in love against her will with sweet Sheen. Pat’s back for the upcoming Bad Girls Christmas Special, and for Season 8, which beings shooting in February 2006 and debuts in the U.K. in late spring.
We had a chat with Brice recently about the show, her character, and what she'd give Pat for Christmas.
AfterEllen.com: How did you end up working on Bad Girls? Had you seen the show before?
AE: Looking at your past roles, you seem to like playing tough. What’s the appeal?
AE: Bad Girls has been a great leader in showcasing lesbians on national TV. Did anyone warn you off playing a gay character?
AE: Have the fan letters been flowing through your door?
AE: Pat is a complex character. Do you think she’ll ever get out?
AE: Playing such dramatic and intense characters all day, do the cast manage to relax and have a laugh?
AE: Pat and Sheena: a love affair for life?
AE: If you were visiting Pat for Christmas, what present would you bring her?