Scott and Bailey and the Totally Serious Police Department

Providing delicious material for her co-stars Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp makes her visibly gleeful. “I write something and I think, ‘She’ll smash that’ or ‘I can’t wait to see what she’ll do with that.’” Does she ever think the same when writing her own role? This thoughtful talker, who can keep you waiting 30 seconds for the right answer, responds immediately: “More like, ‘I hope I smash that.’” She laughs wildly. “Or, ‘I’d better bloody smash that.’”

We muse over the show’s appeal and decide that a distinctly northern tartness in the writing is a crucial element. She has it to burn. But, I point out, you’re not northern. “No,” she says wistfully. “I wish I was.” (x)