The Bay actress Chanel Cresswell opens up on family’s own trauma (Picture: ITV)The Bay actress Chanel Cresswell has revealed she drew on her own real-life tragedy to play grieving mother Jess in the harrowing ITV drama.
The six-part series follows DS Lisa Armstrong (played by Morven Christie) on the hunt for a killer after a young boy, Dylan, was found dead on Morecambe Bay while his twin sister Holly is currently still missing.
Chanel stars as Dylan’s mother, who’s both in shock at her son’s murder and also desperate to find her daughter. And the 29-year-old actress explained that she spoke to her mother about her auntie and uncle’s own trauma, after they lost their nine-year-old daughter.
‘When I got this role I already had some experience to draw on because my cousin died when she was only around nine years old,’ Chanel told Daily Star.
‘Obviously it wasn’t my child in that situation, but I was able to ask my mum about it.
‘I asked about how my uncle and aunt dealt with losing a child at quite a significant age.
‘It must have been awful. It’s a very personal thing.’
Chanel stars as Jess in ITV’s The Bay (Picture: ITV)Her family’s anguish, she said, helped her get into ‘the mind-set’ of Jess’ pain, while she also watched a pile of true crime documentaries and court cases to help with her performance.
‘A lot of people have gone through this, so you can’t take on a role like this lightly,’ she added.
Right now, viewers currently think Dylan’s sister Holly may be behind the child’s death and that she fled Morecambe out of panic. But after two episodes, it’s anyone’s guess.
Can we trust Jess? How about her husband Sean Meredith (Jonas Armstrong)?
Speaking to Metro.co.uk at an exclusive press event, Daniel Ryan and Taheen Modak, who play DCI Tony Manning and DC Med Kharim respectively, insisted that all our hunches at this stage are probably way off.
‘I was so far from the truth,’ admitted Taheen.
Daniel added: ‘If you think you know who it is, you’re completely wrong.’
The Bay continues tonight at 9pm on ITV.
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