“Har­riet’s Christ­mas will get a bit com­pli­cated!”

As the vicar searches for Dawn, Kather­ine Dow Bly­ton – aka Har­riet – prom­ises a long-burner…

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Hi, Kather­ine! Will we learn a bit more about Har­riet’s past while she tries to find Dawn?

Yeah, def­i­nitely! We know that she used to be a po­lice of­fi­cer, and it’s been hinted that there was a big rea­son why she turned her back on the force. So we’re about to find out why.

Have you en­joyed learn­ing more about Har­riet, too?

The longer your char­ac­ter is in a se­ries, the more de­tails you hear of their back­story – and that’s ex­cit­ing. It’s rel­e­vant too, as sim­i­lar sto­ries have been in the press the past few years. It’s been great so far, but it’ll be a long-burner – so Har­riet will be fac­ing a chal­leng­ing new year!

How do you think view­ers will re­act to the rev­e­la­tions?

I hope they’ll find it in­ter­est­ing! They’ll be learn­ing more about Dawn, too. She’s a very com­plex char­ac­ter who we’ve only seen one side of so far, and I’m hav­ing lots of fun work­ing with Olivia Brom­ley, who plays her.

It sounds as if Har­riet has a tricky Christ­mas in store?

It does get a bit com­pli­cated! She’ll have to carry on with her usual vicar du­ties while this can of worms is opened. She has to face the guilt of things that hap­pened in the past, and there’s a pull be­tween her faith and things she wasn’t quite so hon­est about years ago…

What will your own day be like?

I think there’ll be more al­co­hol in my Christ­mas Day! Me and my boyfriend and my dog Dex­ter will be spend­ing it with friends. It’ll be very laid back. And Dex­ter likes to dress up at Christ­mas!

Do you have fond child­hood mem­o­ries of Christ­mas?

Oh yes! We used to have fab­u­lous fam­ily Christ­mases. One year, I came down­stairs to find a note from Santa with sooty fin­ger­prints on it, ex­plain­ing my present was in the gar­den.

I went out in the snow and there was a big green swing!

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