The ArgusCrack Village, Jazz Place, Brighton, Thurs, Oct 5 (From The Argus)

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Crack Village, Jazz Place, Brighton, Thurs, Oct 5

The Argus:

She's a beautiful 24-year-old who divides her time between music and acting careers and when she's not busy doing her own thing, she can always just enjoy being Ray Winstone's little princess.

You imagine you're going to hate Lois Winstone. But then she answers her phone with: "All right babe, I'm just having a fry up. My stomach's been well dodgy the last few days so hopefully this'll sort it out."

Daughter of the gruffly charismatic Ray Winstone, an actor best described as a diamond geezer, Lois has inherited her father's East End personability, if not his taste in music.

"He loves his Frank Sinatra," she says. "He's got a bar in the back garden now and he's always doing karaoke - he drags me up for I Got You Under My Skin."

Winstone junior, meanwhile, has, for the past few years, been fronting a hip-hop trio known as Crack Village, a London outfit whose debut album Children Of The Wrong God sees them mix dirty beats with tongue-in-cheek raps. Lois, known for stage purposes as Baby Bo, is the vocalist responsible for, as one reviewer put it, "whipping everyone into a sexual frenzy".

"You've got to express yourself but hopefully not by acting like a complete and total slag on the stage," she says.

"I ditched the PVC look a long time ago.

It was great, I could go there again but I don't need that kind of attention now - to get a man's attention there are other ways."

Like the big screen, for example. In 2001, Lois starred with her dad in Last Orders, tottering on set in a short skirt and heels and causing Ray to shoot warning glances at the ogling film crew. This month, she's got two films coming out: London Love Story ("I play the girlfriend of a boy who gets brutally murdered") and When Evil Calls ("I play a gothic schoolgirl lesbian, there's a lot of gore") which is to be the first film downloadable on O2 phones.

"Joining Crack Village was a fluke really," she says. "Before that, I always just wanted to be an actress. I grew up on film sets, watching my dad work with some really amazing people, so it made me want to really go for it."

Ray's three daughters often accompany him on film jobs, even now. And last year, Lois took a break from her own projects to join him on the set of The Departed.

"It was well funny," she recalls. "We were in Boston, on a beach, and they're shooting the opening scene where my dad and Jack Nicholson are holding a gun to this woman's head. Suddenly the gun goes bang, Jack does her in the head and he gets whisked away to his Winnebago.

They're like that in Hollywood.

"I'm like, Dad, can we go and meet Jack, that'd be well funny,' so we do. He comes out of his trailer in his dressing gown and shakes my dad's hand, Hey Ray, how ya doin', you come to see the money?' Turns out they hadn't even been introduced."

  • Jazz Place, Brighton, Thurs, Oct 5, 10pm

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