“I want to keep working on better and bigger projects. I want to be a better woman and a better actor. Those are the key things in life. Aren’t they?”
adopted a crude, often misleading shorthand when referring to the victims. They were talked of as “drug addicts and prostitutes” first and as women second. The BBC secured the support of three of the victims’ families with the aim of producing a series that redressed the balance. Jaime played Anneli Alderton, who was pregnant when she was killed. “We all remember when that happened. She was my age,” Jaime says. “It was an honour to be asked to play someone in their last moments. But it was a great responsibility. There was a media frenzy. These girls had been brutally murdered. And were misrepresented. It was made for the families. They felt really cheated.”
That performance secured Winstone’s reputation as a serious actress. An unwanted place in the gossip columns has also been set aside for Jaime: her current boyfriend – since you ask – is the photographer Tom Beard. Now all she has to do is steer the vessel that is her career in the proper direction. Rocks lie ahead. It’s easy to lose one’s way.
“I hope for the usual things in my career,” she ponders. “I want to keep working on better and bigger projects. I want to be a better woman and a better actor. Those are the key things in life. Aren’t they?”
You’re not wrong, my darling.
Jaime Winstone in Elfie Hopkins (left) with her father, Ray Winstone, and above in Kidulthood and Donkey Punch