star isabel Hodgins on filming this week’s shocking crash…
I had a body double – but I’d rather
do the stunts myself !
Lawrence’s car crash is frightening to watch – and Tvtimes was there to witness the thrilling scene being filmed.
Deep in woodland, on the outskirts of Leeds, a crowd of cast and crew was assembled, along with oodles of kit.
Isabel Hodgins, who plays Victoria, rehearsed and rerehearsed with Thomas Atkinson (Lachlan), while John Bowe (Lawrence) practised the runup to the smash in a specially converted car with a camera strapped to the passenger seat. Director Matt Hilton wanted everything down pat before the devastating collision was filmed for real.
‘Victoria’s just there to feed everyone. She didn’t ask for any of this!’ laughs Isabel. ‘She’s in jeopardy and so are Belle and Lachlan, who are in the path of the vehicle as Lawrence careers into Victoria’s refreshment stand.’
Isabel was given a stunt double in the shape of actress Josie
Forman, who was kitted out to look exactly like the caterer. ‘As the car comes towards us, I have to dive out of the way,’ explains Josie. ‘I’m here for safety reasons as I’m a trained stunt performer.’
‘It’s exciting when there’s someone from a stunt team here, adds Isabel,’ ‘but I’d rather do the stunts myself. Although, maybe not with John Bowe driving!’
Lookalikes: Isabel (Victoria) with her stunt double Josie
Behind the scenes: The crew set up Lawrence for his collision