Dark Heart

CHAR­LOTTE RI­LEY shows her vul­ner­a­ble side...

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In this week’s two in­stal­ments, DI Will ‘Staffe’ Wagstaffe (Tom Ri­ley) in­ves­ti­gates whether the fi­ancé of his sis­ter (Char­lotte Ri­ley) has been harm­ing her young son. Con­tin­ues to­mor­row.

Crime Drama Dark Heart

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FROM CRUSADING JOUR­NAL­IST Holly in Press to in­domitable horse trainer May in Peaky Blin­ders, Char­lotte Ri­ley has played plenty of strong women in her time.

But while her cur­rent TV char­ac­ter – ha­rassed sin­gle mum Juli­ette in ITV crime drama Dark Heart – is equally spir­ited, she also has a far more trou­bled side.

‘Dark Heart is bold and dark and gritty and I’ve never played a char­ac­ter like Juli­ette be­fore,’ says the 36-year-old ac­tress. ‘It has

been some­thing re­ally dif­fer­ent for me. Juli­ette has a tough ex­te­rior, but she’s vul­ner­a­ble.’

This week, in the sec­ond two-part story, there’s tur­moil in store as an irate Juli­ette learns that her young son, Harry (Joseph Teague), who has been get­ting into trou­ble at school, has also been caught shoplift­ing.

DIS­TURB­ING DIS­COV­ERY

Juli­ette’s brother, dogged DI

Will ‘Staffe’ Wagstaffe (Tom Ri­ley), is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the bizarre death of a nurse, but tries to find out why Harry is mis­be­hav­ing. He’s hor­ri­fied to dis­cover that, un­known to Juli­ette, his nephew has bruises that ap­pear to have been caused by Juli­ette’s fi­ancé, Paulo (Ed­ward Akrout).

As a gung-ho Will goes be­hind his sis­ter’s back to con­front cocky Paulo, there could be consequences for Juli­ette’s fu­ture hap­pi­ness.

‘Will is a good un­cle and was a fa­ther fig­ure to Harry un­til Paulo came along, so it grates on Will hav­ing Paulo around,’ says Ri­ley, who is mar­ried to ac­tor Tom Hardy.

‘Juli­ette doesn’t make good choices and she’s blink­ered about what her re­la­tion­ship is ac­tu­ally like. The more that Will sug­gests it’s not great, the more ve­he­mently she sticks to her guns.’

FAM­ILY SE­CRETS

Mat­ters grow even more com­pli­cated be­tween Will and Juli­ette when he un­earths sur­pris­ing in­for­ma­tion about the fi­nances of their par­ents, who were mur­dered when he and Juli­ette were teenagers. But as he digs fur­ther, can Juli­ette help him with the an­swers to his ques­tions?

‘They’ve both been hugely af­fected by the loss of their par­ents and have dealt with it in dif­fer­ent ways but I think Juli­ette knows more than he does. There’s some­thing that she’s hold­ing back,’ teases Ri­ley, who found that the on-screen bond with Tom Ri­ley came very nat­u­rally.

‘I’ve never played a sis­ter be­fore and it’s an in­ter­est­ing dy­namic be­cause they love each other but rub each other up the wrong way,’ she says. ‘But Tom and I get on re­ally well. Be­sides, ev­ery­one thinks that we are ac­tual brother and sis­ter be­cause of our sur­name.’

ED­WARD AKROUT AND CHAR­LOTTE RI­LEY AS PAULO AND JULI­ETTE

JULI­ETTE WITH BROTHER WILL AND SON HARRY

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