HOW DID YOU AUDITION FOR THE VILLAGE?
I went for one audition with the casting director Beverly Keogh and I got the part! When my agent called to tell me I was thrilled and surprised as they hadn’t cast Bert yet. Then I was called to London to read with some actors up for the role. Tom (Varey) definitely had something special.
TELL US ABOUT PHOEBE?
Phoebe is the station master’s daughter. Her mother died some years back and so she has had to become a mother to her two younger brothers whom she adores. Phoebe is very much in love with Bert Middleton, I think he brings back that childish spark that she lost when her mother died and she had to quickly become an adult. She has a very kind soul and she sees the good in people, she’s a lovely character to play.
IS THIS YOUR FIRST ADULT ROLE?
It is and it’s amazing. I’ve never played such a big role before so it’s a challenge and I really wanted to do well. Peter Moffat’s writing is so brilliant and honest so I found it really easy to connect with the character (besides sharing the same name).
DID YOU KNOW MUCH ABOUT THIS PERIOD BEFORE?
I was really into History at school and remembered quite a bit from the things we learnt about that period. I did an AS level exam on Churchill and remembered reading up lots about the aftermath of the First World War and its impact on Britain’s economy as well as the political parties of that time. So it seems History did come in handy after all.