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BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Lola Pettigrew helps us Seymour of queen Jane!

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Henry VIII's third wife comes out fighting in the new TV series about her doomed predecessor.

Star-in-the-making Lola Petticrew said she gave as good as she got playing Jane Seymour opposite Jodie Turner-Smith's brilliantly regal Anne Boleyn.

'She's Machiavellian, for sure,' Petticrew said, admiringly.

The 25-year-old actress spent a lot of time discussing with Lynsey Miller, director of the three-part prestige series that starts on Tuesday on Channel 5, how to tackle Seymour who, she said, has 'always been portrayed as this demure little mouse who doesn't have a personality'.

'I thought that would be really boring to watch,' Petticrew told me. In fact, the show — called simply Anne Boleyn — is anything but boring.

It's compelling viewing, with Turner-Smith majestic and poignant; and Petticrew sly as a vixen, as she winds Mark Stanley's ruthless Henry around her little finger and plots against Anne like a silent assassin.

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'People may have underestimated her a bit,' Belfast- born Petticrew said of her character. Though seemingly an innocent, Jane manages to survive, and thrive, in a court full of intrigue. 'They're like a bag of snakes,' she said of the rival factions all vying for Henry's favour. 'They had to be hyper aware that they could be cut — gone! — just like that,' she said, snapping her fingers for effect.

'You really had to position yourself, and be aware of what everybody else's position was, and where you fell in the ranks.'

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Petticrew, who was in last year's sleeper hit Dating Amber with Fionn O'Shea (it's on Amazon Prime), was speaking to me on Zoom at the end of a long day rehearsing in London for the film Tuesday, which she described as a fairy tale about a mother and daughter. Veep and Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays her mother.

She's been a busy bee. Readers may recognise her as James Nesbitt's daughter in recent tense police procedural Bloodlands. She also appears in the BBC's powerful mini-series Three Families.


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And last year, she filmed Wolf, alongside George MacKay and Lily-Rose Depp. It's set in a clinic for people with lycanthropy — a psychiatric condition where a person believes they can transform into an animal. 'I'm Parrot,' Lola told me, matter-of-factly.

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Is it Okey Dokey for Loki?

Wunmi Mosaku has a graceful but steely demeanour: qualities she deploys when bombarded with questions about the eagerly awaited Disney+ TV series Loki, in which she plays Hunter B-15, who, from what I can gather, is the Marvel god of mischief's nemesis.

Am I right? Mosaku smiled, shook her head, and repeated her mantra: 'I can tell you nothing.'

The actress became an MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) fan after she saw Black Panther. 

Her Hunter B-15 (a 'badass', she would at least reveal) is an officer of the TVA (Time Variance Authority).

And because tricky Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has tampered with time, he's apprehended by her. Mosaku did stunt training pre-production, because B-15 is 'ready for battle'.

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Mosaku and Hiddleston go way back; they studied together at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Hiddleston was two years ahead of her, while Gugu Mbatha Raw, another Loki star, was a year above him.

During lockdown, Mosaku won acclaim for her performances in BBC Film's His House (Netflix) and Lovecraft Country (NOW TV).

Now living in Los Angeles with her African-American husband, the Nigerian-born actress told me she misses her family in Manchester (she hasn't seen them since December 2019) 'and going to the theatre'.

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She also misses crumpets. So much so that she made some herself. She likes them with butter, raspberry jam and ...Cheddar cheese. In response to my reaction, she laughed and said: 'Sometimes I have them with marmalade. And Cheddar!'

She is now filming Call Jane in Connecticut with Sigourney Weaver, Kate Mara and Elizabeth Banks. I'm pretty sure crumpets, jam and cheese are not on the film set menu. 

Loki runs on Disney+ from June 9.

 

The planned Abba tour, featuring ingenious youthful avatars of the group has been dubbed Abbatar by film studio technicians, who are painstakingly creating holograms of the quartet using hours of specially shot film of the foursome, from every angle. 

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A special-effects studio in London is working on the project, which is set to tour next year, without Abba themselves ever setting foot on stage.

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