Char­lie’s dan­ger­ous role!

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Has the ac­tress got what it takes to in­fil­trate a ter­ror­ist cell?

Char­lie finds her­self en­ter­ing a per­ilous world of spies and ter­ror­ists, af­ter be­ing re­cruited by a charis­matic Is­raeli in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer in last week’s open­ing episode of BBC1’s new spy thriller.

Becker (Alexan­der Skars­gård) be­lieves the young ac­tress could be the key to fi­nally catch­ing a dan­ger­ous Pales­tinian ter­ror­ist named Khalil…

Set­ting a trap

‘Becker wants her to pre­tend to be Khalil’s lit­tle brother’s girl­friend and lure the ter­ror­ist into a trap,’ says Florence Pugh, who plays Char­lie. ‘She may not know any­thing about es­pi­onage, but her act­ing tal­ent makes her per­fect for the job!’

Spy­mas­ter Kurtz (Michael Shannon) knows Char­lie will need to be well pre­pared if she’s go­ing to pull off the most im­por­tant act­ing role of her life, and wants the ac­tress to know ev­ery­thing about the girl she’ll be im­per­son­at­ing.

‘Char­lie needs to be fa­mil­iar with ev­ery de­tail of this girl’s life,’ says Florence. ‘So Becker pre­tends to be Khalil’s lit­tle brother Salim and builds up her knowl­edge of his re­la­tion­ship. They even mess up their ho­tel sheets so peo­ple think they’re ac­tu­ally lovers!’

For Florence, who wowed crit­ics in the lead role in

crit­i­cally ac­claimed Bri­tish film Lady Mac­beth, the chance to star in an adap­ta­tion of a fa­mous John Le Carré spy novel was too good to miss!


‘I was ab­so­lutely hooked on The Night Man­ager,’ she says. ‘When this came up I was des­per­ate to do it, but I was wor­ried they’d want a big name to play Char­lie. So I was to­tally over the moon to get the part!’

Just a pawn… Char­lie must act her way out of trou­ble Se­ri­ous busi­ness… Becker pre­pares her for the partSpy­mas­ter… Kurtz is be­hind the deadly plan

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