Olivia Colman has revealed her dread at having to inform the director of new BBC drama The Night Manager that she would have to rewrite the script to accommodate a five-month pregnant woman.
Colman (42) had been given the part of Angela Burr, an MI6 intelligence officer who has already been adapted from a male character in John le Carre's novel, when she discovered she was pregnant.
She said: "I went to see Susanne (Bier, the director) thinking: 'Oh God, should I mention it in the first meeting?'. And I thought: 'I can't lie'. Which is why I'd be a rubbish spy.
"She said, 'Oh... right...' And didn't look that pleased."
Luckily for Colman, Bier decided that, as with Frances Dormand's pregnant policewoman Marge Gunderson in Fargo, it would add a "weird power" to the role - and added scenes around chairs so Colman could rest during filming. She gave birth to her third child, a daughter, in August.