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Daily Record- August 5,2008; New interview with Simone
Topic Started: Aug 5 2008, 05:59 AM (1,055 Views)
Celine1968
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Filming Wire in the Blood gave me a chill, reveals Scots star Simone Lahbib



As A Mum You Think 'Please God, Don't Let The That Happen'
Aug 5 2008 By Phil Penfold

Scots Star Simone Found Child Storyline Harrowing

TV beauty Simone Lahbib admits she got "incredibly keyed up" filming the new series of cop show Wire In The Blood - because she couldn't step back from her real-life role of mummy.

The 43-year-old-mum to two-year-old daughter Skye - will be back on our screens later this month in her second season playing Detective Inspector Alex Fielding in the hit ITV drama.

But she revealed she was very upset by one particularly chilling storyline.

Simone, from Stirling, said: "There's a story about a child being tortured and, as a parent, you cannot help but feel, 'What if? Please God, don't let that happen.'

"If our wee Skye wasn't on the set with me that day, as we made the series, I would ring her at every break, just to hear her voice.

"I had to be reassured."

In fact, starring in the sixth series of this gritty police show seems to have left the accomplished actress completely on edge.

She said: "All I know, after making two series now, is what human nature is capable of - and it has a very dark side.

"Mental illness is often at the root of it all."

She added: "Making the series, I found myself living very near to a wonderful guy who had recently retired as a senior police officer.

"I was talking to him one day and he said, 'Simone, nothing in this life is ever as it seems, so never judge anyone or any situation.'

"He is so right.

"Also, another friend of ours, who works for MI5, has said that he finds Wire In The Blood frighteningly close to the truth where human nature is concerned."

Such dark matters are obviously a million miles away from Simone's life with Skye and her husband of five years, actor and writer Rafaello Degruttola.

Like a besotted teenager, she describes her trio as "blissfully happy".

Simone, who found fame as lesbian prison officer Helen Stewart in Bad Girls, makes sure work allows her and her husband to spend as much time together as they can.

During filming of Wire In The Blood in Newcastle, she brought Raff and Skye with her and they shared a house on the north-east coast.

Having them so close gave her a release from filming the gruesome scenes.

Simone said: "It was a lovely environment to be in."

So she is determined to protect Skye from seeing the frightening side of life she portrays in the drama.

Simone said: "It's going to be a long time before Skye can see anything like Wire In The Blood, which is quite graphic - and horrific - at times."

She added: "I just long for the day when I can watch a little bit of adult TV slumped in front of the box.

"I'd really relish that ... or anything different from The Wiggles.

"But that's what my little one wants at the moment, so her daddy and I can often be found singing Wiggles songs at the most inappropriate moments.

"It's not very grown-up behaviour, is it? But the tunes sort of get into your brain."

While Wire In The Blood will definitely be banned in the Lahbib household, Simone was happy for Skye to her other recent projects, the short film Zip 'n' Zoo - if only the tot had played along.

She said: "I got a DVD copy and put it on at home. Skye watched for all of two minutes and then turned to me and said, 'Oh mummy, can we watch The Wiggles now?' "So much for her appreciation of my career."

Zip 'n' Zoo was made in the Highlands and co-stars fellow Scot John Hannah.

He plays fly-fishing expert, prize fiddler and school teacher Tom, while Simone is his wife, Marion.

They share an idyllic life until 19-year-old Brooklyn girl Natalie, played by Remy Bennett, turns up claiming to be Tom's daughter.

Simone said: "It's about a young girl who is on a search for her father.

"It has been shown at a lot of film festivals so far - with some very nice reactions.

"We filmed in Drumbeg, just north of Inverness, and the weather was perfect - some of the shots look absolutely stunning.

HANNAH even learned to play the violin for the part - much to Simones amazement.

She said: "He threw himself into that and he really was quite impressive in the end.

"At the start, bless him, he sounded like a cat being strangled when he picked up the instrument.

"But, at the end, I quite liked the sound - I could even identify the tunes he played."

It was also nice for the ex-Monarch of the Glen actress to be back in Scotland as she and Raff try to time their workload now Skye is around.

Simone admits to turning down "some truly great film and movie offers, to the despair of my lovely agent".

She added: "I've told her I will do Wire In The Blood VII later this year, but the only other thing I've done recently was Zip 'n' Zoo."

"Raff is off to film a new movie called Complicity in LA in October, and Skye and I will fly out to be with him for a month while he works. Then it's back to Newcastle in late November for Wire, and that will take me through to April 2009, with a two-week break for Christmas".

She insists Skye has been "a very calming influence on my life", adding: "I am not half as excitable as I used to be. I'm sure that I will settle even more as the years go by.

"I am passionate about things and I cannot let things lie. If there's an argument to be had, I want to answer it."

So will there be another addition to the family?

Simone said: "We definitely want at least one more" "Raff is a brilliant dad. He's already talking to Skye in Italian and his family also speak a lot of French, so we hope she will grow up to be multi-lingual.

"In this world, you just can't learn enough skills."

'After making two series, I know what human nature is capable of - and it has a very dark side'
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Celine1968
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So my dear friends, it looks like she is planning to go on to a series 7 on Wire In The Blood.
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Excellent - thanks for posting this. I've copied it across to the Simone Board (acknowledging where its come from).

We usually get the Record around here and keep an eye out for stories, so I'll have to see if we can't get it today. :)

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ekny
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I found this article a little confusing... it seems to start off as a series of quotes from older articles, & maybe I'm reading it wrong, but the tense here was weird, I thought: "In fact, starring in the sixth series of this gritty police show seems to have left the accomplished actress completely on edge.

She said: "All I know, after making two series now, is what human nature is capable of - and it has a very dark side. "

I mean hello--she's made three. Series 7, which she talks about doing 'later this year', would be the fourth series.

And didn't someone post, a while ago, that Simone only appears in 3 of the 4 episodes--and not the last one? Since the other star left after 3 series, and I thought Nicola Walker was listed... anyway... like I said: me = confused! Thanks for the article though.
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I found the info on this website.



http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/entertainment...86908-20684401/
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ekny
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Celine1968
Aug 6 2008, 01:03 PM
I found the info on this website.

Hey there Celine--I wasn't challenging where you found it, I'm sure the story's from that place & I was grateful you posted: I just didn't get it! :) Maybe we have to wait to see what other papers say... --e
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I was also initially a bit puzzled by the "two series" part ekny, but as I see it, she probably gave this interview while she was still in the process of making S6, and so she didn't see herself as having made 3 series yet, which is why she only speaks about the two that have gone before.

I don't know what to make of the earlier indications that she wasn't going to be in all of the eps of S6 though, and that Nicola Walker was coming in - perhaps she wanted some time off to make this Zip 'n Zoo thing. But one thing is clear, she's definitely in S7, as she talks about going back to Newcastle in November, and filming taking her through to April 2009, so I for one am glad that we haven't seen the last of her - or Alex! :)

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There's also a new post over at SL Net

http://www.simonelahbib.net/zipzoo2.html


that suggests they may want to make a series out of the Zip'nZoo short.
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ekny
Aug 6 2008, 05:26 PM
Celine1968
Aug 6 2008, 01:03 PM
I found the info on this website.

Hey there Celine--I wasn't challenging where you found it, I'm sure the story's from that place & I was grateful you posted: I just didn't get it! :) Maybe we have to wait to see what other papers say... --e

ekny I know you weren't challenging me. I should have put the info up in my original post but yes it was confusing to me also.
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