‘Nor­mal girl’ who finds strife

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Flo­rence Pugh plays the ti­tle char­ac­ter in this BBC adap­ta­tion of John le Carre’s The Lit­tle Drum­mer Girl, fol­low­ing on from the suc­cess of last year’s The Night Man­ager.

Her char­ac­ter, Char­lie, is a strug­gling ac­tor liv­ing in Lon­don who is drawn into an elab­o­rate counter-ter­ror­ism op­er­a­tion while be­ing caught up in a very “com­pli­cated, heart­break­ing and de­ceit­ful love story”.

“The char­ac­ter ex­cited me be­cause for the first time in my ca­reer, I didn’t have to put on a mask,” says Pugh. “She’s quite a nor­mal girl — a loud, an­noy­ing, ar­gu­men­ta­tive and tal­ented be­ing.

“I was quite ex­cited to play some­one who wasn’t nec­es­sar­ily bril­liant at any­thing — she was just good at be­ing her. But of course that’s why she’s asked to do what she does in the story.”

Pugh says per­form­ing along­side Michael Shan­non (also cur­rently star­ring in Waco on SBS) and Alexan­der Skars­gard were high­lights for her. Lit­tle Drum­mer Girl

“If you ever want to be in­ter­ro­gated, get Michael Shan­non to do it,” she says. “He’s an amaz­ing man. I loved work­ing with him.

“And work­ing with Alex was a dream. He’s re­ally fun and it was cool to have some­one of that cal­i­bre who wanted to be just as silly and as goofy as me and be mates.”

She also said that direc­tor Park Chan-wook ( Old Boy) got the 1970s mise-en-scene just right.

“I think he hates cliches, and so when we stepped onto ev­ery sin­gle set, it was like noth­ing I’d ever seen. The colours were in­cred­i­ble — all burnt or­anges or blues or lime greens — noth­ing was typ­i­cal sev­en­ties. There was not one theme that went through it all.”

Episode two screens this week, with episode one avail­able On De­mand. BBC First. Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm,

Flo­rence Pugh (Char­lie) said per­form­ing along­side Alexan­der Skars­gard (Becker) was a high­light of mak­ing

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