“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?”

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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

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