Belfast Telegraph

Monday 27 April 2015

Broadchurch Jodie's killer worry

Jodie Whittaker was desperate not to be the killer in Broadchurch
Jodie Whittaker was desperate not to be the killer in Broadchurch

Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker has confessed she was worried that her character would turn out to be the killer.

The actress played the mother of the young boy found murdered on the beach in the hit ITV crime drama co-starring David Tennant, Olivia Colman and Pauline Quirke. Writer Chris Chibnall kept the identity of the killer top secret during filming, and even the cast were in the dark so they wouldn't give away clues in their acting.

Jodie laughed: "Who were the two that knew? I didn't even know if anyone knew. I just kept going up to him and saying 'It better not be me!' and he said 'It's OK, it's not you.' That was all I needed to know. So it's definitely not me."

The Venus star admitted it was hard playing a grieving mother, and being so emotional for months.

Jodie revealed: "It was a brilliant job because you don't often get a job for four-and-a-half months. But, particularly for me and Andy Buchan (who played her husband) it was quite a huge challenge, because the story only spans a few weeks, so that grief and trauma is present the whole time. But it's pretend for us so we're very lucky we got to go home at the end of the day."

Broadchurch is being compared to hit Danish drama The Killing, because of its drawn-out suspense.

Jodie said: "It's exciting just because they do so well over here, and such amazing stuff comes out of Scandinavia.

"I think it's just a credit to the directors but particularly to Chris Chibnall because his writing is so wonderful. All the hard work's done when you're given such an extraordinary character and dialogue."

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