Emily Watson on 'grim' Too Close filming at Holloway Prison
- Bang Showbiz
- 6 April 2021
'Too Close' actress Emily Watson reflects on "grim" filming at the former Holloway Prison
Emily Watson has reflected on filming "grim" scenes at Holloway Prison.
The 'Too Close' actress has opened up on shooting intense scenes for the upcoming three-part ITV thriller, which saw the crew transform the former prison – which housed adult women and young offenders until closure five years ago – into a psychiatric unit.
Emily – who stars in the drama with Denise Gough – told The Sun newspaper's Bizarre TV column: "We both thrived filming the scenes in the psychiatric unit. Actresses like me and Denise, that’s what we love doing.
“That’s like a really great day at the office. It’s thrilling to do. A real acting workout. We filmed the psychiatric unit scenes at the now-closed Holloway Prison in London.
“It was a really grim place. Now a dead building which has housed so many sad lives. Those scenes are very intense.”
The drama is adapted from Clara Salaman's novel of the same name which she wrote under the pseudonym Natalie Daniels.
It centres on the relationship between forensic psychiatrist Dr. Emma Robertson (Emily) and Connie Mortensen (Denise), who claims she can't remember anything after being accused of a horrific crime.
The synopsis teases: "Dr Robertson is not easily shocked. She’s worked with her fair share of high security patients.
"However, when she’s sent to assess Connie for trial the two women become dangerously close."
Emily and Denise have worked together in the past when they worked on BBC One's 'Apple Tree Year' four years ago, and the 'Chernobyl' star was impressed with her cast mate.
She said: "Denise is amazing. She had a small part in 'Apple Tree Yard' a few years back and I thought, ‘Wow, you’re ready.’ She was really impressive.”
'Too Close' will air on ITV across three consecutive nights starting on April 12 at 9pm.