Anna Friel wants lighter role
23 September 2018 - 10:00 AM

Anna Friel wants lighter role

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Anna Friel is looking for a lighter role.

The 42-year-old actress has recently portrayed a succession of "dark, heavy" characters, such as the mother of a transgender child in upcoming drama series "Butterfly" and the titular troubled detective in "Marcella", so she's ready for a change.

She said: "I'm going to lighten it up next time. Maybe it's time to find another ingénue."

Anna famously sparked outrage with a lesbian kiss on Channel 4 soap "Brookside" but she's pleased with the progress made in the portrayal of same-sex romances on screen and she's hopeful "Butterfly" will help herald a similar change for the transgender community.

She told You magazine: "Twenty-something years later I'm doing full-on lesbian scenes in "The Girlfriend Experience" and no one blinks an eye. All it's going to take is time. Eventually people will have to be more accepting."

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The brunette beauty did a lot of research for "Butterfly", which she also co-produced and helped with casting and scriptwriting, and though she and fellow show chiefs were initially keen to cast a transgender actor in the role of Max, but ultimately felt it would be too upsetting for the young person.

She explained: "We wanted to find a transgender actor to play Max.

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"But the story goes from when they first start to question their identity through into the transition.

"After much consideration, we decided it would be unethical to ask a transgender child to go back to what they've escaped from."

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