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Thursday 29 January 2015

Atwell 'too soft' to be policewoman

Hayley Atwell stars in Life Of Crime
Hayley Atwell stars in Life Of Crime

Hayley Atwell plays a police officer in ITV crime drama Life Of Crime - but the actress has said she could never do the job in real life.

The 31-year-old stars as WPC Denise Woods over three decades as she rises from rookie to senior officer in the drama.

Asked whether she could do the job, The Duchess and Brideshead Revisited actress admitted: "Absolutely not!

"My grandfather was a police officer in Manchester and I can see the scars of what that did to him.

"I think back then it was a particularly violent job to do and particularly difficult."

The actress, who is set to star in the latest Captain America film, said: "I have respect for anyone who's doing a job like that, but I'm too soft, I'm too romantic."

:: Life Of Crime starts on ITV on Friday, May 10.

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