SEX SELLS: MANVILLE HOOKED ON HARLOTS

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - News -

LES­LEY Manville’s char­ac­ter in Harlots is the gift that keeps on giv­ing.

The cel­e­brated ac­tor is rel­ish­ing the chance to play nasty brothel owner Ly­dia Quigley in the Bri­tish pe­riod drama.

Harlots is set in 1763, when one in five women in Lon­don is mak­ing a liv­ing sell­ing sex.

The se­ries cen­tres on a ri­valry be­tween Quigley and an­other brothel owner, Mar­garet Wells (Sa­man­tha Mor­ton).

What sets it apart is it is cre­ated, ex­ec­u­tive pro­duced, writ­ten and di­rected by women.

“I read the first three scripts and I was in­trigued,” Manville says.

“The scale of pros­ti­tu­tion that was go­ing on in Lon­don in 1763 amazed me.

“Ly­dia Quigley is such a great part and I had great free­dom to cre­ate her.

“The pro­duc­ers de­scribed her as ‘the Lady Mac­beth of brothel keep­ers’ so I thought, ‘This sounds juicy – I wouldn’t mind get­ting my teeth around this’.

“Ly­dia is a nasty piece of work but the more I played her, the more de­li­cious I found her.

“There is a wit and a sar­casm and malev­o­lence about her which I have to ad­mit I en­joyed per­haps more than I should have.”

By Colin Vick­ery

HARLOTS STREAM­ING NOW, SBS ON DE­MAND

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