Vicky McClure thought she'd ruined her chances at a role in "Line of Duty" after giving a "terrible" audition.
The 35-year-old actress is set to return as DC Kate Fleming for the fifth series of the BBC drama - which centres around the Anti Corruption unit of a police force - however, she has admitted that before her casting she was convinced she wouldn't be starring in the show, as she spilled water down herself during her audition.
Speaking on the "The Jonathan Ross Show" - which airs on ITV on Saturday (30.03.19) - she said: "It was a terrible audition, I remember it because I went to get my water and I missed my mouth and I was like "If I can't even take a drink, how are they going to trust me with a massive cop show?""
The "This Is England" star went on to explain that she finds the auditioning process "daunting" and compared it to "re-interviewing for a job".
She said: "I find them really daunting, I still do. I go for auditions now and it's like re-interviewing for a job that you've been doing for so long."
Vicky is pleased that she now gets offered roles thanks to her impressive filmography, but says she still sympathises with rising stars who have to prove themselves in an intimidating environment.
She said: " It's hard because you go "Just watch my previous work" and for those who are new to the acting game, it's great that you've got this opportunity but sometimes you're in front of strangers, they're sat behind a table, it's not a very inviting environment sometimes and in order for you to do your best work, you need to feel quite relaxed. It's tricky, it's part and parcel of the job, it's a necessary evil."