Did you watch Broadchurch when it originally went out?
Yes, I loved it. It is a bold, fantastic piece of drama which kept everybody guessing every week and what I loved most was that it was an event which is very rare these days. Usually you wait and get the box set or get it on Netflix and watch it over a weekend but with this if you weren’t watching every week you were missing out and I was part of that.
How did you get the role?
My baby, Sienna, was about four days old when I got the call. My agent asked if I could do an audition on tape as I couldn’t get to London immediately. The taping was hilarious because I was doing the lines in between the baby’s cries and gurgles, so I had to do it as fast as I could and know the lines inside out.
What was it like joining the cast of series one?
Like an out of body experience sitting there in the read through, I remember physically shaking I was so nervous. Even hearing my voice in that space was terrifying because I was such a fan of the show. But then it was also the most exhilarating experience to be part of it.
Every single cast member came up to me that day, put their arms around me and welcomed me into the cast. That took the pressure off and made me feel I was with actors rather than big stars I really admired which meant the world to me and put me at ease straight away.
What did you think of West Bay?
I’d never been there before – how glorious is that place and why haven’t I been there before? It’s two hours from my house door to door, I’ll be going there a lot more. I was spotting out places to take the children next summer. It’s beautiful and the people were wonderful, so accommodating and so excited we were filming another series of Broadchurch down there.
Are you finding it hard to keep everything a secret?
I found it very hard not to tell people I’d got the part in the first instance because I was so excited, so I thought I would find the secrets hard to keep.But it’s not hard at all because it is so important to keep it all under wraps.
How did you react when first read script?
When I got the first script I kept it for bedtime; lights off, ipad out, cup of tea in bed. It was amazing, like watching a film, the writing is so good. I was shocked, exhilarated and surprised. And it made me laugh.
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