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She is now 35, with a considerable body of work, including the multi-award-winning US series Pushing Daisies.
But the spectre of Beth Jordache is always lurking in the wings.
“It’s all very exciting, but because of Gracie every decision I make has to be weighed up carefully.
She didn’t ask to be from a broken home, so she must be my priority in all things.
Maybe we just grew apart, and I certainly suspect if we had stayed together any longer we might not be friends,” she observes quietly.
Interestingly – happily – now we’ve discussed The Work, Friel is sweetly eager to talk about her home life and offers a vivid portrait of a complex, but loving, extended family dividing time between Britain, France and Los Angeles.
As Ellie turns detective to discover the truth, Friel bravely looks an absolute fright most of the time; no make-up, gaunt, a diminished shell of a person.
“I hated watching myself afterwards, but grief is ugly and raw, and it would have made a mockery of the part if I’d been wearing foundation or lip gloss.
“I can understand there’s some degree of interest, but the public pay to see Anna Friel the actress, not Anna Friel, the mum, or Anna Friel, the girlfriend.” Nor indeed, the Anna Friel of almost two decades ago.
As a 16-year-old, she appeared in the Liverpool soap Brookside for 18 months in the early Nineties and scooped the 1995 Most Popular Actress title at the National Television Awards.