The Sister: Amrita Acharia discusses the itv drama

How far would you go to keep a secret?

One rainy evening, Nathan is surprised by an unwelcome face from the past.

Nathan has never been able to forget the worst night of his life: a party that led to the sudden, shocking death of a young woman.

Only he and Bob, an eccentric old acquaintance, know what really happened… and they’ve resolved to keep it that way. But years later, Bob appears at Nathan’s door with terrifying news that threatens to tear Nathan’s world apart. Because Nathan has his own secrets now. 

Secrets that could destroy everything he has desperately fought to build for himself and his family.

The Secret is airing every night on itv this week at 9pm and it’s also available to stream on demand via itv hub.

The Version caught up with actress Amrita Acharia to find out more…

How does it feel to be working and doing promo for The Sister?

Yeah it’s been really good because it feels like a while since we shot it. I’m glad it’s around now, around Halloween, and to see it come together and reconnect as a team it’s really good and great to be able to talk about it.

Itv didn’t put out too much detail, what can you tell us?

Yeah it’s a mysterious tale, it’s a modern day ghost story. It has so many interesting themes that a lot of people will appreciate especially around Halloween.  This idea of the truth always catching up with you and the length a normal person will go to in order to keep a secret and the terrible things they can do in that process.  If you pose that question to yourself, ‘what would I do?’, it’s interesting. You want to find out… but you really don’t.

Itv do a good drama don’t they?

Yeah and having a writer like Neil Cross you know you’re going to get something that is extraordinary.   I like that it’s on four consecutive nights, it’s bingeworthy and feels like an event that’s good.

The cast and writers are amazing aren’t they?

Yeah absolutely amazing, this was so different to what I’ve done previously and it was great to be part of something that was such a great British drama with amazing writing. To see the book adapted on screen with such an amazing cast and writer, it is great as an actor to get stuck into that.  The director, cast, the prep leading up to filming was an amazing experience.  I think it’s exciting for everyone to see it come alive. 

As you mentioned, this is based on the novel Burial isn’t it?

Yeah and I read that cover to cover like three times, I love a mystery and this is so good.  The concept behind it, the secret and the lengths that people go to, it really excited me. The script and how it’s written, what was so much fun as an actor and being on set with the other actors, there is so much that is said but the stuff that isn’t said, all the pauses and punctuations have a meaning and a weight to them and I can’t wait for people to see the whole thing play out.

How do you as an actress prepare for a project like this?

I love writing, my process is to read it, understand it and do my own take on it. Find things about my character through the writing, I follow instinct and then you have to throw it away, get on set with someone like Russell Tovey who is so giving, you then throw out any preconceptions and react to what’s happening on the day.  Our director gave us lots of space to do different versions and takes and really play, and that was fantastic.

Your body of work is amazing, Good Karma Hospital, Game of Thrones, what’s next?

Directing actually, I’ve been focussing on that but also auditioning and just keeping an eye out for what else is coming up that’s exciting.

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