Friel meets prostitute for role

Jun 18, 2009

Anna Friel has told how she met up with a prostitute while researching her new role for drama The Street.

The actress, 32, who has a three-year-old daughter named Gracie, said the show demonstrated “what a woman will do to protect her children”.

The stellar cast for the third BBC1 series also includes Bob Hoskins, Gavin and Stacey’s Ruth Jones and Timothy Spall.

The award-winning show, written by Jimmy McGovern – whose credits also include Brookside, The Lakes and Cracker – focuses on the lives of different residents who live in the same street in the north west of England.

Former Brookside actress turned Hollywood star Anna plays Dee, a mother-of-two who tries to scrape some cash together by working in a sauna in Bolton. One of her children is being badly bullied and she wants him to change schools, but moving house hikes up her mortgage and she is forced to subsidise her earnings from her day job in a DIY store.

Anna, whose partner David Thewlis has also appeared in the show, said she absolutely identifies with Dee’s drastic actions.

“I prize our own daughter… above everything else in the world. Having a child completely changes your perspective on everything. The drama demonstrates what a woman will do to protect her children, and I quite understand that feeling,” she said.

On meeting a real-life prostitute, the Pushing Daisies star said: “She taught me that when she’s at work she puts her mind into a different place.”

The show will go out in a peak time slot from July.

Copyright © 2009 The Press Association. All rights reserved.

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