‘Marcella’ Star Anna Friel: ‘People Want to Watch Strong and Clever Women’

Variety | 2/8/2018 | Stewart Clarke
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Viewers are embracing strong, complex female characters on TV, says Anna Friel, the International Emmy-winning star of ITV and Netflix detective series “Marcella.” She fits that bill in “Marcella,” as the titular cop who is juggling work, family, and mental health issues.

“I think we’re in an age where people want to watch strong and clever women,” Friel said ahead of the launch of Season 2 on Feb. 19 on ITV. The date of its launch on Netflix internationally has not been confirmed. “These characters show that there are other factors involved in being a strong and successful detective.”

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Friel, who scooped the best actress International Emmy for “Marcella” last November, added that her character in the series resonates because she is not perfect. “Women are feeling very empowered at the moment, and having a woman who is dealing with a mental illness, whilst working, being a single mum and trying to keep everything afloat is very relatable,” she said.

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