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Broadchurch

TV ONE

Pauline Quirke is Susan Wright


Broadchurch on TV ONE and TVNZ Ondemand

For Pauline Quirke, the best thing about working on Broadchurch was her co-star and beloved pet Bailey the Labrador.

"When I got the role they said to me, your character always has her dog with her and I thought it would be so much easier for them really to have my dog, Bailey," explains Pauline. "He is so obedient and will do whatever is asked of him. They still wanted to 'audition' him to make sure. He can't do tricks and that sort of thing, but that's not what they wanted. They wanted Susan to have a dog to devotedly follow her around which is what he has done. He has lots of close ups and excelled himself. I think it has worked out perfectly for everyone. He's been terrific; even scenes without me when he wasn't sure, he has still been brilliant!"

Describing her character Pauline continues: "You see her from episode one, but do not find out much more about her throughout the series. She is very mysterious and there's something not right, some secret she has got or something she is hiding which you do discover later on. That side of the character story develops a little bit more.

"Susan is very dark and has rather a sinister presence. The only thing she shows any emotion for is her dog. She seems to be totally cold. She just seems to always there just watching and lurking and listening. We have done scenes later on in the series where police bring her in and question her and then you get to find out a bit more about her background and that was all really interesting to do.

"It has been a fascinating character to play. Bearing in mind we didn't get the scripts until very near the time of filming so we were all intrigued about the kind of character we were portraying. We found out about them as people will when they watch the show. I have really enjoyed it."

And filming in the West Country has been a real boon for Pauline."I have absolutely fallen in love with the place. I loved being at West Bay and when I got the chance I'd go off exploring. I have been to Lyme Regis and lots of other places just having a wander round with Bailey. I have really got to see parts of Dorset that I have never seen before. Even when the weather turned cold, it was still beautiful. Even doing night shoots in the pouring rain on the beach, I have still really enjoyed it."


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