A Belfast-born actress said she is proud to have her accent ahead of her new role in an upcoming BBC series.
North Belfast actress Kerri Quinn, 38, plays the role of Sergeant Marlene Pettigrew. BBC Northern Ireland’s new detective drama series Hope Street.
Set in the fictional town of Port Devine, filmed in Donaghadee, Co Down – The weekly drama will focus on the town’s police department and the mysterious arrival of British Detective Officer Leila Hussain.
Kerri Quinn is best known for playing Vicky Jefferies in Coronation Street, for her role in the BBC series Come Home and for many theatrical performances over the years.
Speaking to Belfast Live, she talked about her early career and why she decided to stay home instead of moving to fulfill her dream.
“I’m a total home bird,” he said.
“I did the two-year national degree course at Belfast Institute, then got the higher national degree, so I studied for five or six years. It was some of the happiest years of my life and I felt like I was going to feel good. I did the academic side, researched all the different acting styles, a I kind of did it with death.
I thought, “I don’t want to write another bloody article about acting, I want to get up and do it, learn in the room.”
“I was happy working here, working here regularly. In the early stages I was working in a bar, restaurant or retail job to pay the bills, but as my reputation started to gain a little more recognition, I was just working as an actor.
“It was more in theater than TV at the time, but I was very proud of the work done here. It pissed me off when people said the best local talent was moving in – I used to think it was f****** Taurus****.
“It really disappointed me because there are so many mind-blowing actors here, some of the best actors who have ever had a day’s training in their lives – Paddy Jenkins and Marty Maguire’s, look at them and go. my god, you’re amazing.’ That’s who I want to be.”
Throughout her acting career in theater or television, Kerri has taken pride in where she comes from and her Belfast accent.
“My pet hate is people who walk away and lose their accent,” Kerri said.
“That was one of the things I was very passionate about during filming. [of Hope Street] – Can we own our accent, please? The Derry Girls put us on the map, they owned the map, they wouldn’t apologize for where they were from, and I think if you’re going to do something like Hope Street, you should be proud of it.
“It has to be someone native and represent people from here. Nothing could be worse than watching something passing here and there can be a really dangerous Belfast accent coming from an Englishman trying to have a Belfast accent, or someone who has moved elsewhere and has that combination accent.
“Own your accent, be proud of where you come from. That’s something I thought we should do on Hope Street. We have to make our local viewers proud, we want people to be proud that this is a local BBC drama.” I’ve been very careful about that all the way through.”
The 38-year-old actress also talked about what we can expect from her character in the upcoming series and what she thinks viewers will love about Hope Street.
“From the very beginning, I knew he had an advantage,” Kerri said. Said.
“Marlene is so powerfully and thoughtfully written, she doesn’t take pains to the inmates. I guess I’ve always been cautious about keeping her out of that dangerous area where she became the villain. I didn’t think that would be true for who she was.
“She has a very beautiful maternal nature that you’ll see between her and PC Callum. She’s a very loyal person to have in your life, very family oriented, so I knew it wouldn’t be right to decide to be too tough because she had to be caring and loving.
“In the first episode you probably see Marlene in her most difficult situation, but it’s a journey for her to go on and there are so many different layers that it was just fun to play and tease.
“I hope he’s a character that people would want more of, he was definitely a character that I enjoyed playing and everything was fine, my fingers are crooked if there are other dramas to come, we can dig a little deeper into Marlene. She’s a mysterious character.”
Marlene is a strong female character that is quite typical for many women in Northern Ireland.
Kerri said that while playing the role, she realized that she embodies the essence of many different people you may encounter throughout your life.
She said: “Every other character is a very open book and she isn’t. She has the essence of other people, that strong, Northern Irish woman who’s going to hell for you and back. There’s something at the core of Marlene that I just found is interesting to play.
“I fell in love with him so quickly because of his mysterious side, we don’t quite know what he’s about yet, there’s more to him than meets the eye. As time goes by you start to see that he has that big heart and that he’s softer. It’s his side that matters.”
Hope Street will air on BBC One NI on Wednesday 24 November at 7:00 PM.
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