Meet Strike Back’s chill­ing vil­lain…

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Kather­ine Kelly stars as ter­ror­ist Jane Lowry, a ruth­less and re­source­ful killer who has a ven­detta against the West and is seek­ing to avenge her hus­band’s death…


BIT ABOUT JANE? She’s so much more than the stereo­typ­i­cal bad­die and is an ir­re­sistible enigma to play. Jane was trained by the West, in­fil­trated a cell and then de­fected, so she has a lot of po­lit­i­cal opin­ions, hav­ing lived on both sides. But, ac­tu­ally, she’s mo­ti­vated by love. She’s also like a chess player be­cause she’s al­ways four moves ahead of her op­po­nents; they can never quite fig­ure her out. HOW DOES SHE GET IN­VOLVED IN THE AC­TION? I have some great fight scenes where Jane’s go­ing around like Lara Croft, with a ma­chine gun in her hand. But then there are scenes when she’s plead­ing for her life. The pro­duc­ers love you to do your own stunts on Strike Back – they must have a great in­sur­ance pack­age! All the other ac­tors in the show were get­ting in­volved so I had to suck it up. My legs were pur­ple with bruises by the end of the shoot, but


MIL­I­TARY BOOT CAMP? I’d given birth to my sec­ond child so I ar­rived in Jor­dan with my straw hat and sun­screen on, and found my­self in a slight state of shock be­cause ev­ery­one else knew how to fire guns! Then the rest of the cast all went to the gym while the mil­i­tary ad­vi­sor gave me some post-natal ex­er­cises and ab crunches to work through in my ho­tel room.

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