Deep Water – ITV

Anna Friel in Deep Water

The Lake District is the stunning setting for ITV’s new six-part female-led drama Deep Water. Its star, Anna Friel, reveals all

Marcella’s Anna Friel (pictured above), Sinead Keenan (Little Boy Blue) and Rosalind Eleazar (Howards End) star in ITV’s emotionally charged drama Deep Water, set against the beautiful backdrop of the Lake District.

The six-part series follows the lives of mums Lisa Kallisto (Anna), Roz Toovey (Sinead) and Kate Riverty (Rosalind), three women all struggling in different ways to keep the show on the road, and whose lives become intertwined after meeting at the school gates.

Will a spontaneous decision turn Lisa’s already chaotic world upside down?

Is Kate’s ‘perfect’ life all it’s cracked up to be?

And, with the bailiffs at Roz’s front door, can anyone help her out of her financial difficulties?

Here, Anna, 43, chats about the intriguing drama…

Roz, Lisa and Kate in Deep Water

Roz, Lisa and Kate are mums trying to keep it together in ITV’s Deep Water

What can you tell us about Lisa, your character in Deep Water?

Lisa’s got three children and looks after dog kennels, so she spends her days going between school runs and walking people’s dogs.

She has lived in the same house ever since she was a kid.

Lisa doesn’t really have much time for herself and hasn’t had a haircut in about 10 years.

Lisa and her husband, Joe [Outlander star Steven Cree], who’s a taxi driver, live a quiet life but they’re like passing ships in the night.

What sets Deep Water apart from other TV dramas?

It’s an emotional drama.

There’s no terrorism or crimes – it’s a normal, everyday-life drama, without someone committing a murder.

You root for people at different points and in different ways.

Hopefully there are enough twists and turns to keep people tuning in.

Have you been able to enjoy the beautiful surroundings while working in the Lake District?

When I’m filming Marcella, I’ll have a two-hour commute there and back.

But, here, I’m a long way from my home in Windsor, so I have to stay but it’s lovely.

Later, I’ll get my wellies on and take my dog, Maggie May, up to the mountains.

It’s really accessible and I find it so peaceful.

I did a yoga class in the woods, too, which was amazing!

TV Times rating: ****

Victoria Wilson
Feature Writer for What’s on TV, TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and

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