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Keeley: Identity is brilliant idea

Keeley Hawes thinks her new show Identity is such a brilliant idea it's amazing it hasn't been done before.

The Ashes To Ashes star plays a policewoman in the identity unit in the new ITV drama, cracking crimes in which people have had their identity stolen.

Keeley said: "It's quite amazing that it hasn't come to TV before - it's a brilliant idea and it's so sort of rich in terms of storylines, you know, there are all sorts of ways you can take somebody's identity or change your own, and a million things you can do with it once you have. It's quite incredible. It's one of those, you know, why didn't we think of that? Hopefully it will go on and there's a lot more to tell."

The actress revealed: "I play Martha, who has created this Identity unit, which is actually fictitious, it doesn't exist. Which is quite nice because it sort of gives you leeway to do things that you might not usually be able to. And Martha has set it up and got a team together of brilliant people, one of whom is DI Bloom. And the story sort of centres around their relationship and what's going on in his life. It's a six-parter, with a story of the week every week."

Keeley is excited about the show, despite being the victim of identity theft herself.

She laughed: "Yes somebody stole a card from my house and sort of slowly but surely racked up a huge bill in Tesco. I don't know what they were buying!"

:: Identity begins on ITV in July.

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