Day 18: Catriona Potts (Pamela Brown) in I Know Where I’m Going! 
From her first wild entrance to her last affectionate farewell, Catriona is just flipping awesome. Not only does she rock the chunky knit/tartan skirt/walking boots/wet dog look to perfection, but she’s fierce and clever, practical and romantic, independent and welcoming. Basically she’s all-round kickass.
She’s also a bit of grit in the oyster for the story: another person for Joan to spark off. She’s more frank than Torquil, and less concerned about upsetting Joan, and because of that she’s incredibly effective at showing Joan that there’s another way of living; because it’s not just Torquil that Joan fights against finding attractive, it’s the way the islanders live and view the world that draws her in against her will as well.
I don’t know whether it’s the script or the actors’ chemistry (both, I suspect, although I reckon Emeric’s script would have had the usual lovely details) but the other great joy of Catriona is the sense of the history she has with Torquil. There’s an ease but also a strong affection (which is another nudge to Joan), and it gives the characters real depth in a few broad strokes. I would love to sit in front of the fire and have a wee dram with Catriona.