The fine art of theft

FES­TIVE CHOICE: Doors Open, ITV1, 9pm.

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Wednesday -

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.”

PIC­TURE: ITV/PA

IN THE FRAME: Lenora Crichlow as Laura Stan­ton in the heist thriller Doors Open by Ian Rankin.

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