Hollington Drive’s Anna Maxwell Martin admits she ‘didn’t read script’ before taking job

Hollington Drive: ITV releases gripping teaser for new thriller

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Hollington Drive is back on ITV this week and the TV series explores the disappearance of a young schoolboy. Theresa, who is the mother of the unpredictable Ben (Fraser Holmes) is concerned her son is involved somehow. Actress Maxwell Martin spoke to Express.co.uk and other media about taking on the complex role.

Hollington Drive has left fans scratching their heads as they attempt to decipher how a child went missing.

Theresa has a lot on her plate as she is in a turbulent relationship with her partner, and her son is also close to going off the rails.

She has a toxic relationship with her sister Helen (Rachael Stirling), a headteacher at the local school.

Actress Maxwell Martin is known for tackling all kinds of genres, from comedies like Motherland to dramas like Line of Duty.

She was drawn to the complex relationships that form the backbone of Hollington Drive.

Speaking to Express.co.uk and other media, she said had been interested in writer Sophie Petzal’s other projects, including Blood.

She said: “I’m not easily impressed by a lot of telly and I very much loved Sophie’s style, like there was a real heightened reality.

“I like how it had been cast, there was a real oddity to it. It was truthful but truthful behaviour is not necessarily being likeable.

“Or nice or able to communicate as your best self, those are quite rare qualities and Sophie reflects that so well.”

She approached Sophie when Hollington Drive came along but admitted she did not actually read the script.

She said: “I didn’t actually read it, I just said yes. If it’s like that [Blood] I’m sure it’ll be fine.”

After finally reading the script she said: “Oh it’s a real page-turner, it really is. It’s not really about a child going missing.

“It’s about how it sort of cleaves open all these people and the horrors within them and what they are dealing with.

“And how things can seemingly look okay on the outside but can be really toxic underneath.

“I found that really funny and really real…It was just a lovely project to be a part of.”

Speaking about her character, she said she definitely was not a happy person.

She added: “She’s not the life and soul of the party, Theresa. Like lots of people, there’s some stuff going on for her.

“And that is exposed by the pressure of what is happening on this road and this brilliantly written horrible co-dependent relationship with her sister.”

She said the bond her character has with sister Helen “defines her and therefore defines all her relationships”.

“I found that really interesting in the writing,” she added.

“It’s more about the relationship you have with another person and what is interesting about the story is how we develop and understand what’s behind that.”

In the upcoming episode, Theresa starts feeling the pressure after she lied to the police about a potential suspect.

She and her sister realise they have made a terrible mistake and have started to dig themselves a dangerous hole.

When her son Ben asks to speak to the police, the situation becomes even more complex.

Hollington Drive airs on Wednesdays on ITV at 9pm

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