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All’s well that ends Welles

In Urban Myths, a temperamental Orson Welles turns up in 1970s Norwich to present a TV series and your character, news presenter/producer Janet Spring, has to deal with him. A fun part?

I really liked the idea of this young woman who has moved to Norfolk from London to get ahead. It’s something I can relate to as an actor moving to London from Derry to try and get the work. She is obviously intimidated but recognises the opportunity for herself by working with Orson.

Was Robbie Coltrane easier to work with than Orson Welles?

Robbie and Orson have more similarities than you would think. Robbie definitely knows how to command the set in the same way that Orson does himself. I’d say he was definitely trying to suss me out at the start to see if I was up to the mark of working with him!

Welles tells Janet that TV is the future and film is dead. Have you missed going to the movies?

As soon as lockdown lifted in Derry and I came back to my flat in east London I was straight to the cinema. I went to see Rocks with a mate the night before it came on Netflix. To see young, funny, full-life vibrant women on screen made me really miss being with the rest of the Derry Girls.

Big role: Robbie Coltrane as Orson Welles

Any update on the next series of Derry Girls?

We were just about to start season three before lockdown. We’ve pushed it back a good few times and I think we will probably be pushing it again.

Urban Myths: Orson Welles in Norwich is on Sky Arts, which is now available for everyone to watch on Freeview Channel 11