UPDATE: The second season of BBC3 show Lip
Service will air its first episode on April 20 at 9pm.
In anticipation of this, we asked some of the cast members a few
questions in our April issue and to whet your appetite, here's an
excerpt from the Q&A (your questions and ours) with new cast
member Anna Skellern, who plays Lexy (she's pictured at left on our
DIVA: We hear that newcomer Lexy is a major character in
series two. Tell us more.
Anna: Lex is a lot of fun. She has a wicked sense of humour and
doesn't take life too seriously. She's very laid back and is very
comfortable on the couch, beer in hand. She's enjoying living in
Scotland and quite intrigued when she finds herself suddenly part
of this new friendship group. Lucky lady!
She's very independent but is also the kind of person you could
rely on. She'd always be there to look after you and listen to
what's happening in your life, although she probably wouldn't go on
about hers for too long! She has a deep inner confidence and so is
happy for other people to take the spotlight.
Lexy's a doctor in accident and emergency and knows how to keep
cool under pressure. This also means that she'd like for her
personal life to be as straightforward as possible - but, as you'll
see, it doesn't always work out that way…
Is this the first time you've played a lesbian
It's the first time on screen, though I have played a lesbian
onstage in a production of Terence McNally's Corpus Christi, where
we cross-cast some of the gay disciples as lesbians. We had a ball.
I often think there's a strange inverse relationship between the
weight of the subject matter and the fun had on a job. Often, the
more serious the subject matter, the more fun the cast has and the
closer they become.
The press release describes Lexy as a "straight-talking
Australian doctor". Can you give us an example of how
straight-talking she is?
I guess she's just very Australian, in that she doesn't beat
around the bush. Australians are pretty direct. She cuts right
through Dr Love's inflated view of himself and his conquests and
when she thinks that she's done something wrong or someone has done
something wrong to her, she'll address it quickly and honestly.
To read the rest of this feature, including Q&As
with Heather Peace, Fiona Button and Ruta Gedmintas, as well as a
write-up of our on-set visit, buy the April issue
You can buy the April issue here, at DIVAdirect