The actress has been able to give the BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM star the benefit of her experiences, as she made exactly the same move a few years previously, and knows all the problems Parminder faces as she establishes herself in the first high-profile role of her career.
She says, "I certainly was aware of what Parminder might be going through. When I first came over I knew a handful of people and that made things easier. Parminder didn't.
"What was nice was that I was with her when she filmed her first two episodes, so she was able to dip her toes into the water slightly. Then she went home and came back - and the second time it wasn't such a culture shock.
"I advised her where she might live and when she said, 'I could only bring three bags.' I said, 'Well, lets go shopping then!'"12/09/2003 17:22