The fine art of theft
FESTIVE CHOICE: Doors Open, ITV1, 9pm.
ENORA Crichlow admits that 2012 has definitely been her year. It marked another series of Being Human, a cameo in George Gently, a part in the feel-good summer sport movie Fast Girls and a role in the festive thriller Doors Open.
Based on Ian Rankin’s thriller, it follows millionaire entrepreneur Mike (Douglas Henshall) who is bored and looking for a new project. When his friend and fellow art lover Professor Gissing (Stephen Fry) suggests a plan for the perfect crime, he’s keen to get involved.
For one day each year, Edinburgh’s historic buildings are open to the public under the “Doors Open” scheme, which would give the pair and their banker friend Allan the opportunity to switch valuable paintings for forgeries.
Crichlow plays Mike’s former girlfriend Laura, who’s an art consultant and auctioneer – and who he desperately wants to win back. “At heart she’s a bit of a hustler,” says the 27-year-old, “but she’s extremely well-educated, passionate about her job and she follows her heart.”
Laura is engaged to her business partner when Mike suddenly reappears in her life and she has to make a choice between being sensible and marrying the man she’s financially involved with – or taking a risk and being with the man she truly loves.
There’s even a scene where Mike and her fiancé fight over her in a restaurant.
“Every girl’s dream is to have two hot guys having a bit of a barney over you. Thank God for my work, ‘cos stuff like that doesn’t happen [in real life]. And it’s just so hot! I loved that day of filming,” she adds, laughing.
She admits she felt slightly intimidated joining the cast and crew late because she’d been filming George Gently, but it helped that she’d worked with director Marc Evans before on 2009’s Collision, which also starred Henshall as a crash scene investigator. “I think Dougie spent a lot of time looking at pictures of my dead body on Collision, so when I came to work with him on this, it felt like the first time – he’s a really cool guy.”
Crichlow hadn’t read Rankin’s book, but quickly learned all she needed to play an art buff from the script and with the director’s help.
“I love art, but I’m not an academic, I just like what I like,” she admits.
“The one piece of art I do have in my house is a portrait of my father [activist and restaurateur Frank Crichlow, who died in 2010] that was done years ago and I grew up with – it’s very explosive and colourful and messy. I love it.”
Crichlow says she’d love to work in America if the right opportunity comes up, but after such a hectic year, she’s relishing having some time off over Christmas.
“Down time as an actor is very important, it’s where you feed your soul, because it’s you that you sell and put out there.”
IN THE FRAME: Lenora Crichlow as Laura Stanton in the heist thriller Doors Open by Ian Rankin.