Fern Suther­land

Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - THE GRILL - Pho­to­graph by Matt Kl­itscher

If you’re an ac­tor play­ing a po­lice de­tec­tive, it helps if your best friend is a cop. Fern Suther­land, who plays Kristin Sims in The Bro­ken­wood Mys­ter­ies, mod­elled her char­ac­ter – “a woman gen­uinely want­ing to make a dif­fer­ence in the world the best way she knows how” – on her high-school pal, a con­sta­ble in New Ply­mouth. Suther­land prepped for the lead­ing role by tag­ging along with her friend on the beat, be­fore the first se­ries aired in 2014. Suther­land also spoke to Taranaki de­tec­tives about their work, say­ing at the time they had “Lit­er­ally. Seen. It. All.” To­day, an episode of the New Zealand-made The Bro­ken­wood Mys­ter­ies has mil­lions of view­ers across the world. Ahead of its fourth sea­son, Suther­land took our Sun­day Grill.

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