Belfast Telegraph

Thaw's girl got Morse knock-back

John Thaw's daughter Abigail has revealed she was turned down when she applied for a role in Morse.

The actress is making her debut in the ITV1 Morse prequel, Endeavour.

But she told The Radio Times that when her father - who died of throat cancer almost a decade ago - was still playing the part, she auditioned for a role in the drama without telling him and didn't get it.

"I couldn't believe it when I didn't get it. I was outraged!" she said, laughing.

"'Don't you know who I am?' No, you can't play that card, not if you're trying to go it alone. Anyway, I can laugh about it now.

"I didn't tell Dad for a very long time. When he finally found out, he just said, 'Ah, kid. Never mind, maybe next time.'

"He was always philosophical about that kind of thing. When I started acting I would say to him, 'I haven't heard anything.' And he would say, 'I've been waiting 25 years to hear whether I got this or that job.' You win some, you lose some."

Abigail, 46, has a role in Endeavour as the editor of the Oxford Mail.

Shaun Evans plays the younger version of the Oxford detective.

"I would love it to be commissioned for a full series," Abigail said. "Not just because it might lead to my character being expanded, although that would be nice, but really just because it feels so right."


From Belfast Telegraph