Former Survivors star, Julie Graham, has been telling What’s On TV all about landing a role on hit ITV comedy, Doc Martin.
Julie is to play the role of PC Joe Penhale’s (John Marquez) ex-wife Maggie, and when asked why her character turns up in the village, Julie said, “Although Maggie is divorced from Joe, she’s had some sort of trauma and is suffering from amnesia…
“So she thinks they’re still married. She thinks it’s April 2008.”
Julie went on to explain that Joe’s pleased to see Maggie, but on the subject of the couple possibly getting back together, Julie said, “I don’t think he ever wanted to split up in the first place so he sort of goes along with it in a sneaky way, pretending they’re still married.
“It’s actually a very moving storyline. Joe is a lovely character and very funny.
“I know John Marquez, who plays him, really well. His daughter is actually my goddaughter…
“[However] Maggie is the total opposite to him, and you can understand why they split up!
“She’s very bubbly and confident whereas he’s flaky and a bit of a saddo. They were two people living in a very small village so they probably got together through lack of choice!
“Maggie is keen to rekindle a physical relationship, which freaks him out because he doesn’t want to take advantage of the situation.
“But then he sets out to impress her. He knows the truth is going to come out eventually so I think he’s trying to make her think he has changed his ways.”
Julie was then asked, “Was it weird filming romantic scenes with your friend?” to which she replied, “Yes, it was hideous! Imagine kissing your mate?
“So we just closed our eyes and got it over with really quickly. It was one of the first scenes we did together so it was good to get it out of the way.”
And of course, Julie has worked closely with Doc Martin star Martin Clunes before in comedy William and Mary.
Of working with Martin again, Julie remarked, “It was really lovely and even though I’m only in two episodes, I stayed in Port Isaac for a couple of weeks.
“It was like having a holiday. But I’m used to Martin being lovely, as he’s good friend.
“So I hated him being so grumpy as the Doc. During our scenes together I didn’t like his character at all!”