I've had my eye on Natasha O’Keeffe (Peaky Blinders, Sherlock, The Last Panthers) since I saw her in Channel 4's Misfits. For my money, she's the perfect person to play Marnie Rome: vulnerable, chameleonic and unknowable. I caught up with her to chat about her roles in two of my favourite TV crime dramas, Peaky Blinders and Sherlock.
SH: Peaky Blinders seemed to sneak up on viewers as an underground hit (I’m seeing Tommy and Arthur tunnelling under the Beeb’s schedule to plant the explosives when no one was looking). How big a part do you think the women play in the show’s success?
SH: You’ve starred in two of British TV’s best crime drama hits of the last decade: Peaky Blinders, and Sherlock. And also in The Last Panthers which is set in Bosnia, Hungary, France and the UK. Crime dramas are winning gongs all over the place. Do you have a theory about why crime is such a popular genre?
NoK: This is a good question. I think it may be because it’s an interactive medium; viewers feel they’re participants in the unfolding of a crime, and that they’re figuring it out along with the protagonist.
SH: Do you have a favourite ‘killer woman’ on TV?
NoK: I had to think hard about this one! Film seems to have more of an abundance of ‘killer women’. I can straightaway think of True Romances’ Alabama, and Uma Thurman’s Bride in Kill Bill as two of my top favourites. With TV, I find it trickier, but one that sprung to mind is Lol from Shane Meadows’ This is England. You feel such a raw empathy towards her and the choices she’s forced to make. Though not a natural born killer, she kills for survival and for sanity.
Natasha O’Keeffe tweets as @moussetash
The Killer Women Crime Writing Festival takes place on Saturday 15th October 2016 (9 am to 8.30 pm) at Shoreditch Town Hall in London. The full programme, which features Val McDermid (Wire in the Blood), Mark Billingham (Tom Thorne), and Ann Cleeves talking about Shetland (with Douglas Henshall hoping to join her) can be found here. Follow @killerwomenorg for news and scoops