Bil­lions

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“She’s got a heart but she loves swim­ming with sharks,” laughs Mag­gie Siff. “And play­ing [psy­chi­a­trist] Wendy [in drama se­ries Bil­lions, 2016-cur­rent] is no small task. I had to re­search ev­ery­thing from hedge funds to S&M.” It’s not the first time the 42-year-old New Yorker’s had a rough-’n-tough TV role ei­ther…

She had to throw punches, shoot 1

guns and swing irons in drama se­ries Sons Of An­ar­chy (2008-2014) as Dr Tara Knowles. “Do you know how hard a laun­dry iron hits? Hard!” she re­calls.

Mag­gie can take care of her­self 2

though. She grew up in the tough New York bor­ough The Bronx and jokes, “It gave me a thick skin, es­pe­cially with guys. Maybe that is why I can han­dle Paul and Damian [Gia­matti and Lewis, her Bil­lions co-stars].”

Who’s her favourite be­tween Paul 3

(as her States At­tor­ney hus­band Chuck) or Damian (as her fi­nan­cial guru ex-boss Bobby)? “Damian is pre­cise and Paul is like a bull in a china shop. They’re so dif­fer­ent but like a per­fect storm.”

She “dis­cov­ered” her singing voice 4

in 1997 while study­ing theatre at the Tisch School Of The Arts in New York and sang on the Sons Of An­ar­chy sea­son 6 sound­track in 2013.

Mag­gie hasn’t al­ways been into TV 5

act­ing though and her first movie role came in 2007. “I’m more es­tab­lished now and while my ca­reer is big­ger, my sched­ule isn’t nearly as full as in my 20s. I put that down to my fam­ily,” she says.

She’s been mar­ried to de­sign con6

sul­tant Paul Ratliff since 2012 and they have three-year-old daugh­ter Lucy. Mag­gie jokes that “the best thing about be­ing pregnant was eat­ing all the ice cream I could get and no one could say any­thing about my belly”.

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