Benidorm star Sheila Reid on Madge Garvey’s new man and how she copes with driving a scooter
As fans of Benidorm will know, Madge Garvey married businessman Mel Harvey who she met in Spain, however, he died, leaving Madge a lonely widow.
The character of Mel was written out when, sadly, Geoffrey Hutchings, who played him, died suddenly in July 2010.
However, Shelia Reid, who plays the mobility scooter loving Madge, has told What’s On TV that her character is about to get a new love interest.
She explained that Madge’s new bloke is Mohammed, who’s played by former Casualty star Dhafer L’Abidine, who she meets when he brings her some papers Mel left in his office.
We’ll meet him in episode four, and of the new romance for Madge, Sheila said, “Well, he’s is extremely handsome. Madge is fairly won over.
“He brings her some things that Mel left in Mohammed’s father’s office. Mel did some business with his dad in Morocco and he left this cigarette case with a photograph of their wedding in it, so he brings it to return to Madge…
“What could be sweeter than that?
“Madge quite likes his ideas about the Muslim way of things. Because there are some very good things, like how they look after their old people.
“He’s got lots more to offer her than just Mel’s cigarette case. It’s quite exciting. Mohammed and Madge are a strange mixture.”
But when asked if Madge falls in love with Mohammed, Sheila said, “No, it’s not love. She’s delighted that someone is making advances to her and making her feel good because Mel used to make her feel she was loved and like a princess.
“She’s missing that now because she’s back to where she was before, living in a council house back home and life’s gone pretty dreary, so this is pretty exciting.
“The story is very intriguing because we don’t really know who or what he is.”
And finally, WOTV asked Sheila how she is at handling Madge’s mobility scooter now, to which she replied, “I reckon I could do wheelies on one now! Sheila’s wheelies!
“It’s not something we noticed before, but they do have mobility scooter nights and hen parties on the things now. It’s a testament to Madge!
“I should claim some of the companies’ profits, shouldn’t I?
“I did a programme in England, a rather serious programme for the Norfolk police about the dangers of driving them, because they really are dangerous.
“You don’t have to have a licence and you don’t need to be insured. I’ve had several near tumbles into the pool and when we used to film in the apartment, there was a lot of broken furniture.
“It’s pretty tricky to manoeuvre! I drive a Suzuki jeep [so] it’s nice and high up for a smaller person like me.”