Actress Lisa Riley hopes BBC drama Three Girls 'will help thousands'


Actress Lisa Riley hopes BBC drama Three Girls 'will help thousands'
  1. Actress Lisa Riley hopes BBC drama Three Girls 'will help thousands'
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    Lisa Riley has said she told herself to not get angry while filming the BBC’s harrowing drama about the Rochdale abuse s…
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May 18 2017

Lisa Riley has said she told herself to not get angry while filming the BBC’s harrowing drama about the Rochdale abuse scandal.

The former Emmerdale actress appears as the mother of one of the victims involved in Three Girls, which tells the true story of widespread grooming and sexual assault of girls and young women in the area by a gang of Asian men.

Lisa said she became close to her “real-life me” Lorna Bowen during the making of the programme, and also Maggie Oliver, the police officer involved in the case who later resigned over the way the police had handled it.

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Lisa said she felt the weight of her duty to tell the story to the wider audience to get justice for the victims and “thousands” of others.

She told ITV’s Loose Women, on which she is a regular panellist: “I was so lucky. We do a 12-hour shoot day, doing the scenes, but I would have Maggie to lean on and go, ‘How do I cope? Why am I feeling this? Why am I feeling so angry?’

“The hardest I’ve ever had to feel as an actress was – if you saw last night’s episode – where my youngest daughter had to have an abortion to provide the evidence, the foetus that would get the men finally arrested, thank God.

“But the real life me, and the real life Liv (Hill’s) character (Ruby Bowen), was there behind the monitor.”

Lisa said: “And we were just sat there as actors going, ‘No we can’t get upset, we can’t get angry’.

“Because by portraying this scene and acting it to the best of our ability will help thousands.

“Getting the justice out there, it was wonderful I was able to portray that,” she added.

Riley said the real girls are “over the moon” at how the three-part series, which concludes tonight, has portrayed their story, and that they feel “justice has been done”.

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