Being Human series 4: Interview with Lenora Crichlow (Ghost Annie)

On returning to play Annie this series…

I was so excited to be back! So much has changed in the show it was really exciting and I didn’t know what to expect. In this series we go back to more of the original comedy, relationship side of Being Human, which I have always enjoyed playing in the past. It’s a much more domestic side of the show, but it also promises all the drama and gore of the underworld as well.

I missed Aidan and Sinead a lot, but the essence of Being Human, the love, enthusiasm and integrity of the show, is still there. We still have the same crew and production team behind it, but a different dynamic now we have had some changes in cast. Episode one is high high drama. Think huge tears, and huge shocks, but it is also very exciting. It will have you on the edge of your seat!

On the new characters in the show…

Michael brings his own comedy to the show, which Russell brought, but Michael brings it in a very different way. George is very mature by this series, where as with Tom we get a really young, naive character – which is what his humour is based around. He’s at that teenager stage in his life.

Damien brings a whole different intensity to the vampire. He is very very intelligent and wise like Mitchell was, but again in very different ways. His wisdom come from severely managing his condition and his intensity comes from his discipline rather than his lack of discipline like Mitchell.

So the overall core concept of the show is the same – but the feelings and roles are interpreted very differently. The balance between drama and humour between Annie, Tom and Hal is brought from different angles that we haven’t seen before.

On Annie…

Annie has changed. She is forced to move on and forced to grow up. She’s also forced to be very maternal as she’s left holding the baby. It’s a huge arc for Annie yet again. Each series Annie, not through willing, more through necessity, has to really challenge herself which is always a good emphasis on growth. She also has new people in her home that she has to reassure, make comfortable and adjust to – so she’s kind of like mother hen this series, and a has a lot and lot of responsibility. Whereas before, and certainly in series one, it was much more like the others were responsible for her. By this series Annie’s sense of duty and responsibility is what drives her.

On filming her favourite scenes…

I loved the relationship between Annie and Tom. I love having to play the mothering role with a teenager and a baby, and trying as best as I can to get this balance right. I really like playing maternal Annie. I’ve got to play love struck Annie and victim Annie and empowered Annie, and I must say I’ve really enjoyed nest making this series!

On Annie’s destiny…

Annie realises her destiny this series, and this is a powerful role in itself, rather than it being new tricks she can perform – which there are a few that she discovers this series. She starts to realise her destiny as a ghost – it is bigger than her, but it’s also empowering to know what she has been put here to do.