Small screen fave Cather­ine Bell’s back mak­ing magic on Good Witch

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star Cather­ine Bell’s cast­ing a Good Witch spell

She’s back on­screen in Net­flix’s Good Witch... but we’re show­ing our age by say­ing we just loved cather­ine Bell in JAG! She played Ma­jor Sarah MacKen­zie op­po­site David James El­liott on the navy lawyer drama – and it’s hard to be­lieve it’s more than a decade since that show ended.

Good Witch, re­newed for a fifth sea­son, stars cather­ine as a sin­gle mother with a gift for white witch­ery in small­town Mid­dle­ton, US. Her co-stars in­clude former Des­per­ate Housewives and JAG ac­tor James Den­ton and young Bailee Madi­son.

off­screen, cather­ine’s mum to Gemma, 15, and Ro­nan, eight. the slim brunette – she’s 50 and beau­ti­ful – seems to have turned back time when we meet for her cosy chat with oct 15-29, 2018 TV SOAP about how telly’s evolved, her hit show and her fash­ion sense...

How has TV changed since the days of

JAG? Well, the in­dus­try has changed so much! those were the days of three net­works on prime­time and there were 22 to 24 episodes [of a show] a year, so that’s changed a lot be­cause now we’ve got DVRs, we’ve got peo­ple fast-for­ward­ing through com­mer­cials, net­works try­ing to fig­ure out how to make money, and then Net­flix and Ama­zon... So it’s very dif­fer­ent now, maybe more com­pet­i­tive? there’s also more op­por­tu­nity for suc­cess­ful shows – and good shows.

More op­por­tu­nity for ac­tors, too?

Ab­so­lutely, for women’s roles; although JAG was like that – but that was a bit un­usual back then...

What can fans ex­pect to see more of on eps of

Good Witch? Well, there’ll be a de­lay in the wed­ding (of cather­ine’s cassie Nightin­gale to James’s dreamy doc Sam Ford), I can let you know that!

You have such a fash­ion sense. Tell us, who in­flu­enced you grow­ing up?

won­der­ful My mum [Ira­nian Mina Ez­zatti] had amaz­ing style! She’d of­ten find some­thing that was a lit­tle ahead of the curve; she’d find some­thing that was go­ing to be in fash­ion for some­one my age – some­thing that my friends didn’t have. one time she found a pair of metal­lic, skin-tight jeans, like leg­gings, and I tell you, they were amaz­ing! I wore them to school and they did not go over so well... but about three months later, ev­ery­one was wear­ing those leg­gings.

Do you have any beauty tips to share?

If you feel pretty or feel good, that’s half the bat­tle and the rest of it is that you’ve got to do what feels right to you.

What about favourite de­sign­ers?

I like French de­signer Zadig et Voltaire. In my per­sonal life, I go sim­ple; sim­ple t-shirt and jeans and cute flats, just be­cause I have kids and I’m run­ning around and chas­ing them, so that’s eas­ier. Ulla John­son tops. She has pretty tops that you can throw on with jeans and flip flops which are a lit­tle bit pret­tier, a lit­tle bit of flair. TVS

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