Laura Fraser is the lady of The Loch
Laura Fraser on co-starring with Siobhan Finneran as cops on the trail of a serial killer preying on a remote Scottish community
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The stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands is the evocative setting for ITV’S haunting six-part crime drama The Loch, in which a seemingly idyllic rural community is terrorised by a serial killer. Just as no one really knows what lies beneath the waters of Loch Ness, the inhabitants of nearby town Lochnefoy don’t know if one of their own is a murderer.
‘The location is a big part of the show,’ says The Missing’s Laura Fraser, who heads the stellar cast as local detective sergeant Annie Redford. ‘What sets this drama apart is the terrifying thought that a cold-blooded serial killer could be someone within the community. The monster lurking beneath the surface could be living next door.’
The nightmare for the residents begins when the body of a local man is found at the foot of a mountain and a post mortem reveals that he was murdered and a sliver of his brain was removed.
Brought in to lead the murder investigation is Glasgow-based DCI Lauren Quigley, played by Happy Valley’s Siobhan Finneran, whose forthright manner doesn’t endear her to local chief inspector Frank Smilie (John Sessions).
Glasgow-born star Laura,
40, tells us more…
How would you describe your character Annie? Annie is a wife, a mother and a cop in a town near Loch
Ness. She has lived and worked there her whole life. It’s her community and she feels very protective of it, but, at the same time, she has got all this potential that she’s never used.
She has never furthered her career, so she has stayed a detective constable. This is her first murder case and she’s thrilled to meet Siobhan Finneran’s character as she would like to emulate her.
What is Annie’s relationship with Siobhan’s DCI Quigley? Quigley thinks Annie is bit of a numpty. The senior officer thinks she’s in a backwater and just wants to get in, solve the case and get the hell out of there, whereas Annie is desperately trying to prove herself to her. Annie has had no experience of a murder case, so she really is being led. At the same time, Quigley is tapping her for local information and, although Annie makes mistakes, she turns out to have quite good instincts.
What was it like working with Happy Valley star Siobhan?
I often get intimidated by people I admire, but I relaxed with her straight away because she is so gorgeously down to earth and so funny. In fact, she made me laugh so much I was amazed when I watched the first episode that you couldn’t see us laughing. There was a lot of giggling – it was very unprofessional!
How does Annie feel about forensic psychologist Blake Albrighton arriving in town? She’s thrilled to meet him because she’s read the book he’s written about his life working as a forensic psychologist. It’s her equivalent of meeting Al Pacino. Blake is flashy and she thinks that’s a wee bit silly because she’s a bit oldfashioned. Blake and Quigley coming to Annie’s town is like a dream come true and she can’t quite cope with it. She is trying to remain calm, but she’s a bit at sea, so she’s trying to prove herself.
How does Annie handle her own daughter being questioned over the case? Annie is furious with her. There are all these ruptures within her family. The daughter is planning to go to Australia and
there is a lot of repressed resentment in Annie towards her husband Alan [Coronation Street’s Gray O’brien] because she never took the career path she wanted and she blames him for not supporting her. Meanwhile, a serial killer is causing major fractures in the community.
There’s this paper-thin veneer of civilisation that’s ripped apart by the killer.
This is quite a dark crime drama and you did The Missing before this. Can you switch off when you get home after filming?
I can’t. I would love to be able to. It wasn’t so bad on this, but it was really awful on The Missing. I think a lot of the cast and crew were affected by the subject matter.
When your friends and family ask who the killer is in your dramas, do you tell them?
Oh, I tell my family. My mum asked me who had done it in The Missing and I told her, then she pretended to my dad that she had guessed!
Finally, do you believe in Nessie? It’s not like the tooth fairy or
Santa, where you believe in them until you’re about seven. Nobody believes in the Loch Ness Monster!
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