Sunday 8 December 2019

Solemani: Relationship inspired me

Sarah Solemani filmed her latest drama just five weeks after giving birth to her first child
Sarah Solemani filmed her latest drama just five weeks after giving birth to her first child

Sarah Solemani has revealed she felt she needed to get back to work as soon as possible after having a baby.

The 32-year-old writer and actress - best known for her roles in BBC Three comedies Bad Education and Him And Her - wrote and stars in a one-off drama for The Secrets, a week-long strand of films for BBC One.

Sarah and her husband Daniel Ingram welcomed a baby girl last December, and Sarah, who wrote the drama while pregnant, returned to shoot it just five weeks after giving birth.

She said: "It was actually really good, because psychologically, I needed to get back and be a working mum. That was always the plan, so to have something that I really cared about and was excited by was a great focus point."

Her episode is about a bride and groom whose relationship is rocked when the bride-to-be, played by Sarah, discovers on the night before her wedding that her fiance Tom (played by Rupert Evans) has been accused of a "shocking crime" in the past.

Sarah revealed the strength of her own relationship with her husband inspired her to explore the idea.

She said: "We've been together so long there's a definite familiarity and safety, so I think that's what I wanted to explore. What would it be like to think you don't know the person you're most intimate with?"

And the actress admited she "crow-barred" a role for herself in Charlotte, the bride-to-be, joking: "I was a writer for hire and then thought, 'Maybe I can do that', and waited for someone to say no, and they didn't."

:: The Secrets is on BBC One for five nights from Sunday, September 7. Sarah Solemani's The Conversation airs on Monday, September 8.

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