But she has quietly carved out a niche for herself in the years since playing hard-nosed women in other acclaimed series.
The series begins with a teenage girl and police officer falling from a tall tower block in south-east London.
“I’m not surprised,” she adds. “I didn’t look dissimilar from my character – I was dirty and sweaty and red.”
She is passionate, too, about upholding the law and sticking to the rules where her colleagues see encroachable “grey areas”.
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