Simone McAulley: "People Would Watch David Read The Phone Book"

Broadchurch star Simone McAullay has spoken to the Daily Telegraph in Australia about her role in the thrilling crime drama, her happiness at shooting in Dorset and the huge draw of her co-stars. The eight part series which was created by Chris Chibnall (Doctor Who, Torchwood) and which stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman debuts next week in Australia.

From the Daily Telegraph

WHEN Simone McAullay was asked to star in acclaimed British crime thriller series Broadchurch, spending five months filming in Dorset was like going home - despite the fact she's Australian.

The actor, who played Senior Constable Susie Raynor in Blue Heelers from 2003 to 2006, says she spent two years living in Cornwall with a boyfriend.

"I met him in Byron Bay and followed him to the UK," she says.

"When this job came through I said to my agent, 'They are filming in Dorset. I have to get that job'. I really felt like I was coming home."

Broadchurch premieres on ABC1 on Friday night, after proving a hit in Britain earlier this year, pulling in an audience of 8.4 million for its final episode.

Starring David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Olivia Colman (Rev), it revolves around the death of a young boy, and how the investigation into his murder blows a small community apart.

McAullay plays Becca Fisher, a struggling Australian who has taken over the local hotel and who hides some secrets of her own.

The subject matter is dark, but McAullay believes Australian audiences will be drawn in.

"David and Olivia are so well-known in the UK people would watch David read the phone book. I don't know if it will have that same pull in Australia, but I think if people start watching it and get on board with it they will stick with it," she says.

"It's not a sunny drama, but even though it is dark it also has a lot of heart and soul. If you can get on board with that it's very compelling." 

Watch Broadchurch on ABC1 in Australia starting on Friday 12th July at 8.30pm