Spy Roopin­der in a chal­leng­ing TV show

In­trepid 40 year old faces spe­cial agent tests

Uxbridge Gazette - - NEWS - By Amita Joshi amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A HILLING­DON res­i­dent who fea­tures in new Chan­nel 4 series ‘Spies’ first ap­plied to be on the show think­ing it was to watch a theatre per­for­mance.

Roopin­der Woodall ad­mit­ted she went to buy two tick­ets think­ing it was an im­mer­sive theatre ex­pe­ri­ence – but after find­ing out it was for the show, thought “Oh well, in for a penny”.

The brave 40-year-old said she did not ex­pect to put her­self through the rig­or­ous chal­lenges to test if they had what it takes to be a spy, but after be­ing se­lected from 2,000 ap­pli­cants, she could not turn it down.

She told getwest­lon­don: “I just tried to look at it as a chal­lenge.

“When am I go­ing to be able to test my­self like this ever again? I won­dered if I still had it in me to be tough.”

After go­ing through var­i­ous test­ing tasks, in­clud­ing hav­ing the abil­ity to lie, the Southall- born can­di­date said she was to­tally ab­sorbed in the ex­pe­ri­ence.

She laughed at be­ing called “a bril­liant liar”, be­fore adding in real life, she chooses “not to be­tray peo­ple’s trust”.

The long-term Lon­don res­i­dent west said de­spite what it looked like, the show was not fun and was the most “gru­elling thing [she’s] ever been through”.

Yet Roopin­der man­aged not to keep go­ing and avoid drop­ping out, which she said she al­most con­sid­ered when things got dif­fi­cult.

“When I first grad­u­ated, I looked at spy work but that was amongst a lot of things,” she said.

“Be­sides, I re­alised I was too chatty to be a spy, there’s no way I could keep a se­cret.

“I re­ally wanted to do it once I found out what it was I’d ap­plied for, but just with­out be­ing on TV.”

Now work­ing in mar­ket­ing, Roopin­der was ap­pre­hen­sive about ap­pear­ing on tele­vi­sion, fear­ful of get­ting on­line abuse and be­ing trolled.

Cross­ing the hur­dles, she told getwest­lon­don the ex­pe­ri­ence taught her a lot about her­self after keep­ing a di­ary of her days dur­ing the film­ing.

“I learned that I am just as tough as I was, if not tougher and I’m proud of how I did in this process.

“It’s a once in a life­time op­por­tu­nity – and it’s good TV!”

Chan­nel 4 spies is on ev­ery Thurs­day at 9pm.

Pho­tos: Chan­nel 4

SPIES: The series is on Chan­nel 4 on Thurs­days at 9pm

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