Your new movie Age of
Kill - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us
about your character in it?
is a story about Sam Blake (Martin Kemp) who is a disgraced black
ops sniper who is blackmailed to kill 6 targets in 6 hours in order to
save his daughter who has been kidnapped. I play Detective Inspector
Hannah Siddiq who is on the trail of all the killings to find the culprit
and to try and prevent further mayhem occurring.
What did you draw upon to
bring your character to life, and how much of yourself could you find in
D.I. Hannah Siddiq?
is the first time I have ever played a member of the police enforcement
unit and it was an extremely thought-provoking and exciting experience. It
was a challenge to be able to match the male authoritative figures around
me and I needed to constantly gain & maintain their admiration and
trust in my ability. My approach was to always stay calm and confident
within the role in order to portray a convincing & respected
character. I related to D.I. Siddiq’s passion and strength as a person
where she believed she was capable of accomplishing this case at any cost
or means. As an actress you always have to believe in yourself to survive
in this difficult industry. There is a lot of rejection.
How did you get involved with the
project in the first place?
had auditioned and met with Jonathan Sothcott (producer) [Jonathan
Sothcott interview - click here] for a previous
project he was doing and they then contacted my agent to come and audition
for Age of
at a later date. I originally auditioned for the
role of Lexi but the director (Neil Jones [Neil Jones
interview - click here]) thought I was better suited for
D.I. Siddiq’s role. I am really delighted I ended up playing this part,
as it was completely different to any roles I have performed before and it
was refreshing to take on a new challenge!
Is the action genre a genre
you feel at home at?
think it was a breath or fresh air that Age of
is a British
action film as there are not many to date within the UK. We tend to do the
gangster genre very well so this was a unique experience & something
very enthralling to be a part of. I would love to be part of more of this
style of film in the future!
What can you tell us about your
director Neil Jones [Neil Jones
interview - click here], and what was your collaboration like?
is lovely. He has a real hand on approach and takes his time as a director
to tell you want he wants from you as an actor. He was particularly calm (it must be his Welsh background) on set, which translates well to
everyone else around him and enables us as actors to give him a relaxed
and solid performance. I would love to have the opportunity to work with
him again in the future.
talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere!
was honestly a really pleasurable and exhilarating vibe on set. Everyone
got on well and we were very lucky as the weather was marvelous for all of
our outdoor scenes! The sunshine always brings the best out in people! The
cast and crew all integrated well together and it was an enjoyable project
to have been part of.
future projects you'd like to share?
have a TV series in pre production at the moment called Deep Cuts
alongside Eva Pope & Steven Waddington, so watch out for that in 2016!
I also have a small cameo role as Ian Ogilvy’s daughter in We Still
Steal The Old Way also produced by Richwater Films
so it’s an exciting time!
What got you into
acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the
was all I ever wanted to do ever since I can remember. I attended drama
school in London at ALRA and also trained briefly in New York and
Los Angeles. My mother used to called me ‘Audrey Hepburn’ when I was 5
years old walking around in her high heels pretending to be a movie star!
What can you tell us about your filmwork prior
to Age of Kill?
have been fortunate to have worked on some amazing projects… to name a
few I am most recognizable for my leading role as Michelle in Ben
Drew's Ill Manors alongside
Riz Ahmed and Ed Skrein. My role led to great acclaim with a nationwide
cinematic release across the UK in 2012. Most recently I filmed an
exciting role in the new Sky medical drama Critical, which
was aired on Sky One in March 2015.
would you describe yourself as an actress?
I love to watch films and TV series from all eras & genres and I
thrive on new challenges as an actress. I tend to go for roles I can feel
a connection towards and I use that emotional connectivity as a core to
build on within a character I portray.
(and indeed actors) who inspire you?
are so many for so many different reasons! I admire Kate Winslet as an
actress as she is so flawless and truthful in all of her performances.
Each project she does shows such diversity. I adored her in Revolutionary Road and
The Reader. I was fortunate to see
Benedict Cumberbatch perform at the National Theatre in Frankenstein
and I was blown away by his sheer truthfulness and force within his role.
The determination and poise in his choices were breathtaking and truly
- I thought Angelina Jolie’s performance in this was
Redmayne in The Theory of Everything conveys so much talent and enables us to see
the possibilities for actors are endless if you push yourself and believe
in your own abilities… there are so many to discuss… The
Shawshank Redemption,Schindler's List, Life is
Beautiful, … I could go on and on.
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Anything else you are
dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
am a great cook!!! LOL
for the interview!