Fans missing Lesley-Anne Down (ex-Jackie) on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL can enjoy the stunning Brit in the romantic new holiday film A Cinderella Christmas, airing Sunday, Dec. 4, at 9 p.m. ET on ION Television!
In this modern take on the classic fairy tale, Angie takes the opportunity to let loose at the Christmasquerade Ball and escape her cousin’s shadow. She catches the eye of Nicholas, a wealthy bachelor, but leaves before revealing her identity, leaving him searching for the mystery woman. Down plays the handsome bachelor’s mother, who she insists isn’t a wicked stepmother.
“She’s nice, except she is exceptionally controlling,” Down tells Soaps In Depth. “And of course she’s exceptionally rich and she only wants the best for her son. If she was my mother, I’d probably be in orange stripes and doing 30 years in jail, but for the movie, it was fine!”
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The actress reveals that the director, Tosca Musk, asked her to do the role because she was a big fan of the ‘80s mini-series North and South, in which Down starred. She had also read the script before being offered the part because her husband, Don E. FauntLeRoy, was the cinematographer on the film.
“I remember doing the read-through and thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, this is so hysterical,’” Down recalls. “It’s very rare to read something that is just snappy and well-written, and it was. It really was. It’s adorable.”
THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Peter Porte (ex-Ricky) stars as Nicholas, and Emma Rigby plays Angie. Watch a preview of the film below and then be sure to tune in Sunday night to watch the holiday romance unfold!
For more from Down on her other current projects, don't miss her interview in the CBS issue of Soaps In Depth magazine on sale at the end of December!