”It’s such a sensitive subject,” explains the Thirteen actress.
BBC One is tackling a real-life miscarriage of justice in new three-part drama Rillington Place.
It tells the story of Timothy Evans (Nico Mirallegro) – an innocent man falsely accused of the murders committed by his neighbour, John Christie (Tim Roth).
Jodie Comer (Thirteen, Doctor Foster) plays Evans’ wife Beryl and told Digital Spy that she “absolutely” felt a sense of responsibility in taking on the part.
“It’s such a sensitive subject,” she said. “I felt I had to tread very carefully – and I definitely felt a responsibility. There are families now still having to deal with what happened.
“For them to open up to us – to producers, to directors – and sit there and talk through and relive these moments again… I think it’s such a credit to them.”
It was the injustice of Evans’ story that appealed to Comer – and a desire that he and his wife not be forgotten.
“Every day in the newspapers, we’re just bombarded with awful events. It’s so easy to just forget these people and forget what happened to them. So I felt it was really important to tell this story.”
Roth is joined on-screen by Samantha Morton as Christie’s wife Ethel, while Comer was reunited with her My Mad Fat Diary co-star Mirallegro.
“It’s strange, because Nico and I had a lot of emotional scenes, which are always hard. But we both really understand how each other works, so it was actually very… I don’t think ‘fun’ is the word, but creatively it was really rewarding. We both pushed each other.
“We get on really well, so you’re not pussy-footing round. You can just tell each other how you’re feeling or if you want to try something different – we’re very open with each other, in that sense. I think it helped, just diving straight into it.”
Rillington Place begins on Tuesday at 9pm on BBC One.
Source: Digital Spy