Solemani: Relationship inspired me
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.