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Grantchester's Morven Christie: Women hate my social media shots of hot co-stars

Grantchester actress Morven Christie has told how middle-aged women "develop an immediate hatred" for her when she posts images on social media of her handsome co-stars.

The Scottish star, 35, accused female social media users of being "creepy" online.

Christie described the response she elicited when she showed off a snap of her Grantchester co-star James Norton, 31.

The War And Peace actor stars as vicar Sidney Chambers, an unlikely crime fighter, in the TV series, while Christie plays his forbidden lover Amanda.

Christie told the Radio Times that she was only trolled when she had worked "with quite well-known men, who middle-aged women really fancy".

"They develop an immediate hatred for you and your character," she said.

Talking about working with Norton, she said: "It's amazing. We were on set on Grantchester, and James was talking about selfies.

"I put a picture of him on Instagram, and the comments underneath... 'Oh, what lovely long fingers he's got'. 'Why are you photographing him, you harridan?' That's the amazing thing about social media, the creepiness of women."

Christie said she could not believe the mean comments made by mothers when she played the parent of a boy with autism in BBC1 series The A Word.

"One of the things that shocked me, when I was playing Alison... was the judgment of mothers on other mothers," she said.

"It's so under-the-skin nasty. I think it comes from the fact that there's maybe nothing quite like motherhood to make a woman feel that she's failing. If you can pass judgment on somebody else, you can make yourself feel a bit better for a brief moment in time."

The Lost In Austen actress is set to star opposite Vicky McClure in The Replacement, about working women and motherhood.

She criticised the media's constant focus on whether women have children, saying: " 'Having a baby is a wonderful thing, but whether or not we have children in the future is nobody else's business...

"Everybody needs to find a box to put you in, but that need to find out what your future is doesn't exist in the same way with men."

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