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Line Of Duty’s Vicky McClure reveals new drama Trigger Point was much harder to film

‘It took me by surprise!’: Line Of Duty’s Vicky McClure reveals new drama Trigger Point was much harder to film because she is the main character


She became a household name in BBC drama Line Of Duty alongside Adrian Dunbar and Martin Compston. 

And Vicky McClure is set to star as the main character in new ITV series Trigger Point, where she plays bomb disposal expert, Lana ‘Wash’ Washington.

Appearing on Graham Norton, set to air on Friday, the actress, 38, talks about why the show was much harder to film. 

‘Took me by surprise’: Vicky McClure, who is set to star as the main character in new ITV series Trigger Point, talks about why it was much harder to film than Line Of Duty on Graham Norton

Of being the main character in the drama, written by Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio, she says: ‘It really took me by surprise – I felt like a crew member by the end because I had to be in every day. 

‘When Martin and Adrian had an interrogation scene, I knew I could have four days off. It wasn’t the case in this show, but I was really up for it and the challenges I got were amazing.’

In Line Of Duty, Vicky played the role of DI Kate Fleming, while Martin was DI Steve Arnott and Adrian, Superintendent Ted Hastings. 

The actress plays bomb disposal expert, Lana 'Wash' Washington in the six part series

The actress plays bomb disposal expert, Lana ‘Wash’ Washington in the six part series 

Vicky looks incredible on the show as she goes braless in a plunging black blazer. 

When asked about the endless tension in the six-part storyline of Trigger Point, she says, ‘Trust me, the audience has a ride to go on. It is very stressful.’

It comes after Vicky discussed her character Lana, who didn’t wear any make-up in the series, Vicky told Radio Times: ‘I wore a crop top instead of an actual bra. I didn’t want the character to make a big deal about the way she looks. She is real and human.’  

Stunning: Vicky looks incredible on the show as she goes braless in a plunging black blazer

Stunning: Vicky looks incredible on the show as she goes braless in a plunging black blazer

AC-12: In Line Of Duty, Vicky played the role of DI Kate Fleming, while Martin was DI Steve Arnott and Adrian, Superintendent Ted Hastings

AC-12: In Line Of Duty, Vicky played the role of DI Kate Fleming, while Martin was DI Steve Arnott and Adrian, Superintendent Ted Hastings

When asked why she did this, Vicky said: ‘Well, I do feel a slight sense of responsibility. There is so much pressure on people, especially via social media. I would like to put some kind of message out there, showing people that you don’t really need make-up. 

‘I think it’s important to strip things back and be comfortable. I mean, my body isn’t fully toned; people will see the real Vicky, as well as Lana. I’m not hiding anything.’ 

Vicky said this is something that she wants to bring to her characters, giving them a sense of relatability and realism.  

She said: ‘I enjoy making characters I can relate to, and which I can bring authenticity to. My favourite way of acting is reacting. 

Realistic: It comes after Vicky discussed her character Lana, who didn't wear any make-up in the series (pictured with Adrian Lester as Joel Nutkins)

Realistic: It comes after Vicky discussed her character Lana, who didn’t wear any make-up in the series (pictured with Adrian Lester as Joel Nutkins) 

‘So playing around with dialogue is important, making sure it’s authentic; if I’m working with writers who are collaborative they will help me feel it is. Actors are creatives, and artists, with their own methods.’

Vicky has become a household name in recent years thanks to her role as Kate Flemming in hit police drama Line Of Duty.

She first rose to prominence after playing Lol in Meadows’s 2006 film This Is England and the subsequent 2010 Channel 4 mini-series This Is England 86, written by Meadows and Jack Thorne. 

Trigger Point will come to screens on ITV on Sunday at 9pm. 

The Graham Norton Show, BBC One, airs this Friday at 10.35pm and is available on BBC iPlayer 

Role model: Vicky has said she wanted to make a statement that 'you don't really need make-up' while playing her character in new drama Trigger Point

Role model: Vicky has said she wanted to make a statement that ‘you don’t really need make-up’ while playing her character in new drama Trigger Point

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