Series 3, Episode 7: Phina Oruche
This week on the Lonely Arts Club, we’re joined by actor, model and author, Phina Oruche.
Born in Liverpool to Nigerian parents, Phina Oruche takes us on a journey as she explains how her family came to be in the city. We hear Phina’s experience of growing up in Liverpool and what it meant to her to be able to spread her wings.
Phina’s path has taken her around the world, experiencing many different adventures. From modelling in London to acting in LA, it was back in the UK that the perfect role was waiting for her in hit TV series, Footballers’ Wives.
I read “she’s a model, she’s obnoxious, she’s full of herself”, and I went, “oh my God, this is her”. ‘Cos you know…I always know what a Phina part is as soon as I read four words in, I know it’s my part and I was like [shouts] “Liberty Baker! Bye everybody…” and I left. I threw a party and went home. My friend, James said, “Phina, what would you have done if you hadn’t have got it?”, I said, “I would have told everybody I’d died” because I had this huge party. I’m like, “I’m going home to do this part”…I hadn’t even auditioned for the part.
The fabulously entertaining Phina shares memories from her colourful career and working with some of the best in the business.
Since coming back to Liverpool, Phina has continued to appear on our screens – most recently as part of LA Productions dramas Anthony and Moving On – and is now also a published author.