From page 6 get caught in un­re­al­is­tic non­sense. The rea­son she’s so good at her job is be­cause she’s clear, thought­ful and smart.”

For all her pro­fes­sion­al­ism, how­ever, Paula is in­stantly at­tracted to So­phie.

Gal­lacher, who ap­peared op­po­site Ricky Ger­vais in his stand-up show An­i­mals and as Jennifer Tay­lor-Clarke in two se­ries of The Of­fice, ex­plains that, “Paula is aware of So­phie im­me­di­ately.

“She is fas­ci­nated by her and she catches her eye. Then So­phie has a cou­ple of wise words to say and Paula finds So­phie’s ma­tu­rity and com­mon sense very at­trac­tive.”

The ac­tress as­sesses what So­phie makes of Paula’s dec­la­ra­tion that she is in­ter­ested.

“From Paula’s point of view, she’s aware that So­phie’s aware. There’s a nice lit­tle flir­ta­tion where they’re both toy­ing with the idea of be­ing in­volved with each other. So­phie makes the de­ci­sion that this is go­ing to hap­pen.”

At that mo­ment, Paula has to weigh up the pro­fes­sional risks of start­ing such a re­la­tion­ship.

Ac­cord­ing to Gal­lacher, who played the char­ac­ters of the Prime Min­is­ter’s wife and Mar­garet, Roy’s wife, in Lit­tle Britain, “Paula has to think about whether or not she’s will­ing to risk her work­ing re­la­tion­ship be­cause it’s not a sen­si­ble move to get in­volved with some­one’s daugh­ter when you’re rep­re­sent­ing them in such a way.” For all that, Gal­lacher be­lieves Paula is not con­cerned about Sally’s re­ac­tion to their re­la­tion­ship. “Paula thinks that she can han­dle most things. She pretty much talks her way around things and isn’t scared of con­se­quences. But it’s Sally’s emo­tional re­sponse which would have to be dealt with. But noth­ing bad has hap­pened – it’s just a poorly timed re­la­tion­ship.” Nor does Gal­lacher imag­ine that if Sally got wind of the re­la­tion­ship it would cause a ma­jor fall­ing-out be­tween her and Paula. The ac­tress, who has two chil­dren, re­flects that, “If and when Sally finds out about the re­la­tion­ship, there might be a bit of a fris­son there. “But I’d imag­ine Paula would be able to work it so that they re­mained friends. I’d love it if Sally and Paula would hang out a bit more.” Fi­nally, does Gal­lacher reckon that Paula and So­phie could live hap­pily ever af­ter? “That’s the fas­ci­nat­ing thing. I would very much en­joy see­ing how that could work be­cause the age gap ob­vi­ously is at least 20 years. But I think they could if they could both em­brace each other’s choices and age. “There are lots of av­enues for them to over­come if they prop­erly love each other.” Watch this space.

So­phie Web­ster (Brooke Vin­cent)

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