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Entertainment Keeley Hawes talks 'heartbreak' of starring in It's A Sin

15:11  27 january  2021
15:11  27 january  2021 Source:   redonline.co.uk

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Keeley Hawes looking at the camera: The 44 year-old actress plays lead character Ritchie's mother Valerie in the hit Channel 4 series - and reveals how she gave her unlikeable character empathy. © ROSS FERGUSON The 44 year-old actress plays lead character Ritchie's mother Valerie in the hit Channel 4 series - and reveals how she gave her unlikeable character empathy.

Keeley Hawes has admitted that she 'can't stop crying' when discussing her role in It's A Sin, the hit Channel 4 drama everyone's talking about.

The 44-year-old actress plays Valerie Tozer, the mother of Ritchie (portrayed beautifully by Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander), in the groundbreaking series which started on Friday.

It's A Sin tells the story of a group of young gay men who move into a London house share with their friend Jill in the 1980s. Their carefree coming-of-age (and identity) is suddenly cut short as the AIDs epidemic begins.

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Created by Queer as Folk's Russell T Davies, the series has been praised for its unflinching, compassionate and vivid look at the LBGTQ+ scene at the time, along with highlighting the prejudice the gay community faced from wider society. Something that's long been ignored.

Hawes says her character's views typified those at the time and is an unlikeable 'product of her generation'. So, it's a great testament to the Finding Alice star's acting talent and passion for the role that viewers have found themselves warming towards Valerie.

'Valerie is someone who is very easy to dislike,' Hawes admitted when speaking at an event for the BFI At Home series last week. 'So the trick was bringing something likeable to her because we have to have empathy with her.'

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Keeley Hawes looking at the camera: Keeley as Ritchie’s mum, Valerie Tozer © Channel 4 Keeley as Ritchie’s mum, Valerie Tozer

She added: 'And I do. I knew women like that, I knew people like that. At her core she adores her children and her son. In her heart she adores him.'


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The actress also revealed that she was determined to be in Davies' semi-autobiographical drama from the first time she heard about the show. She told husband (and fellow actor) Matthew MacFayden: 'I'd love to be in that'.

Olly Alexander et al. posing for the camera: The cast of It’s A Sin © Channel 4 The cast of It’s A Sin

Even so she 'can't talk about the characters', since filming finished because of the emotion attached. 'You carry them with you, they don’t leave you. And that is down to the cast and down to their performances and down to Russell’s writing.'

It's A Sin is currently showing on Channel 4 at 9pm on Fridays - or you can stream all five episodes on All4 now.

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As loveable Pink Palace resident Colin, It’s A Sin actor Callum Scott Howells well and truly won us over with his performance in the Channel 4 drama. However, it turns out he’s been charming viewers for a lot longer than most of us might realise. Following the success of It’s A Sin, fans have dug out Callum’s audition for the BBC reality show Let It Shine, which saw hopefuls trying out for a spot in a new musical based on the music of Take That. In the unearthed clip from. 2017, a 17-year-old Callum is seen introducing himself to judges Amber Riley, Dannii Minogue, Martin Kemp and Gary Barlow. © BBC Callum Scott Howells as an adorable 17-year-old on Let It Shine.

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