Sally Carman wanted fresh challenge after Shameless

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 18 March 2013
Sally Carman

Sally Carman

Sally Carman "deliberately turned down parts" similar to her Channel 4 'Shameless' character Kelly-Marie Maguire because she didn't want to end up being typecast

Sally Carman "deliberately turned down parts" similar to her 'Shameless' character.

The actress plays ex-prostitute Kelly-Marie Maguire in the Channel 4 series - which is in its final season - but was careful to choose something completely different for her next role, eventually settling on playing a middle class mum in 'Prisoners' Wives'

She said: "In a way I think Kelly-Marie was a massive blessing, because she looks so extreme that when I turn up to auditions looking normal people think I'm really versatile.

"But I have deliberately turned down parts similar to her - loudmouths and prostitutes - because you are seen as a type until you break that type.

"Kelly-Marie has been a massive part of my life, so I was sad to leave her behind. But it is nice now to play more humanised characters like Kim."

Kim still has tough circumstances to deal with, as she faces a barrage of hate when he is accused of sexual abuse by a young boy and had to film a scene where she was spat on, which became difficult.

She added to The Sun newspaper: "That was a horrendous day. It took 10 times to get the scene right because spit is like rain - it doesn't tend to show up on camera. So the crew had to mix the spit with all sorts of things until they got the right effect. They were trying all sorts - things like glycerine and egg white ... The reaction you see in the final take is real. There was no acting whatsoever. The mixture was in my mouth, up my nose, in my ears and my eyes."

'Prisoners' Wives' is on BBC One on Thursdays at 9pm.

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