Sharp: My character's not a doormat
Lesley Sharp has said her Starlings character is a break from the TV stereotype - because she's a middle-aged, working-class woman with ambition.
The Scott And Bailey and Clocking Off actress plays matriarch Jan in Sky family comedy Starlings, which is returning for a second series.
"(Writers) Matt (King) and Steve (Edge) completely up-end all television stereotypes, so yes, they're working class people but that doesn't mean they're without taste and education," Lesley said.
"Jan's done a great job of raising her family and being a terrific mother, but that doesn't mean she's turned into a doormat, she wants to get out there.
"There aren't very many middle-aged women who are portrayed like that on TV.
She added: "It's great when characters are written like that, rather than being somebody's wife/teacher/mother, who are appendages to a story."
:: Starlings starts on Sky1 on Tuesday, July 2.