Liar’s Ioan Gruf­fudd was wor­ried about rape scene

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TV DRAMA Liar’s Ioan Gruf­fudd found its rape scene so dis­tress­ing he made sure co-star Joanne Frog­gatt’s hus­band was OK with it be­fore it was filmed.

The Welsh ac­tor, who plays de­praved doc­tor An­drew Earl­ham in ITV’s hit psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller, met up with James Can­non be­cause he was wor­ried about how har­row­ing it was.

But de­spite the scene’s graphic na­ture, Ioan, 44, who first found fame in the ti­tle role of ITV’s Ho­ra­tio Horn­blower se­ries, has in­sisted the show has been “con­tro­ver­sial yet rel­e­vant”.

He said he re­searched the is­sue of rape to make sure it was por­trayed sen­si­tively. “I spoke at length with a foren­sic psy­chol­o­gist who works with both vic­tims and per­pe­tra­tors,” he told The Mir­ror’s Week­end mag­a­zine. “It was a shock­ing eye-opener.” Ioan, in his first vil­lain­ous role, plays a sur­geon ac­cused of rape af­ter at­tack­ing teacher Laura Neil­son, played by Joanne, 37, on a date.

Earl­ham claims it was con­sen­sual. The plot de­vel­ops and it emerges he is a ma­nip­u­la­tive preda­tory rapist who drugs and films his vic­tims.

As the fi­nal episode of the se­ries reached its nail-bit­ing cli­max earlier this month, view­ers were left reel­ing at the dis­cov­ery of An­drew’s mur­dered body.

But if fans had thought that was the end of it, they were wrong.

Much to their de­light, ITV has an­nounced a sec­ond se­ries will be­gin film­ing in Jan­uary 2019 and will fo­cus on who mur­dered the doc­tor.

It will see the re­turn of for­mer Down­ton Abbey star Joanne as well as Ioan.

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