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Olivia: Mirren made detectives cool

Olivia Williams has said she thinks Dame Helen Mirren has made playing a detective a "rite of passage" for all actresses.

The 42-year-old actress has landed the lead role in Case Sensitive, a one-off drama on ITV1 adapted from crime writer Sophie Hannah's book The Point Of Rescue.

The Dollhouse star plays DS Charlie Zailer, who's heading up a murder inquiry after a mother and daughter are found dead in their bath.

She said: "I think Helen Mirren has made playing a detective sergeant almost a rite of passage in an actress's life, rather like playing Lady Macbeth.

"It's something you have to do in order to have a fully rounded career."

She went on: "I haven't really done TV, certainly not in this country, and I hadn't played a detective sergeant, so now's the time."

:: Case Sensitive starts on ITV1 on Monday, May 2.

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