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Stay Close? We couldn’t have been further apart, jokes James Nesbitt’s TV lover Sarah

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Sarah Parish and James Nesbitt in Stay Close

Sarah Parish and James Nesbitt in Stay Close

James Nesbitt as Detective Michael Broome in the Netflix drama Stay Close

James Nesbitt as Detective Michael Broome in the Netflix drama Stay Close

Vishal Sharma

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Sarah Parish and James Nesbitt in Stay Close

JAMES Nesbitt’s hit series Stay Close started production with its actors kept apart.

The Coleraine man plays detective Michael Broome in the gritty Netflix whodunnit.

Sarah Parish, who plays his on-screen lover Lorraine in the murder mystery, said Covid rules meant despite the show title, they couldn’t get up close and personal in rehearsals.

She added: “I didn’t meet the rest of the cast pre-filming. It was Zoom chats, sadly.

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James Nesbitt as Detective Michael Broome in the Netflix drama Stay Close

James Nesbitt as Detective Michael Broome in the Netflix drama Stay Close

Vishal Sharma

James Nesbitt as Detective Michael Broome in the Netflix drama Stay Close

“We did do one read-through, which was extraordinary. The lead actors all came up to Manchester. They took us into this room that looked like a tropical disease centre.

“Everyone had a table, a chair and then either side of the table were these huge plastic covers. You were in a little plastic hutch, basically.

“Jimmy Nesbitt was next to me. It was weird, but at least we were in the same room, though we couldn’t touch each other.”

Sarah (53) said she had fun playing a strip club barmaid and enjoyed reconnecting with the Northern Irish actor 10 years after filming the series Monroe together.

She explained: “It’s funny, you get to a certain age as an actor and you’ve made your mates.

“By the time we got to work together, I was in my 40s. He was too. We loved it. We got on really well. We can improvise with each other and we’ve both got quite distinctive voices.

“Lorraine and Broome, who Jimmy plays, had a fantastic fling back in the day. Really, they shouldn’t go together. He’s a copper and she’s in a business that is never really clean-cut, but they have great chemistry.

“All the scenes with Jimmy were lots of fun, [particularly] the scenes in the nightclub Vipers because it’s this nest of extraordinary people.

“We had some wonderful drag acts, singers and dancers — a club full of supporting artists.

“That was fun, especially after the pandemic where you haven’t been in a room with more than four people for about a year.

“To be in a nightclub with music blaring was brilliant.”


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