We were able catch up with Brit Award Winning Actress Tanya Franks just for Anglotopia. Not only is she an amazing comedy actress, but she has also walked the boards of some of the nationals best loved theatre’s and starred in the 27 year old series The Bill. Her sense of fun is easy to see when speaking to this talented actress.
You have started filming Hotel Trubble, tell us about your character?
Dolly is the owner’s girlfriend who comes to the hotel to manage it. She has many many big ideas to improve the place, although most of them for one reason or another don’t seem to work out.
What is attractive to you about a children’s show?
The sheer fun of the storylines and the character. It is a crazy wacky show aimed at 6 to 12 year olds with well written comedy scripts. It seemed like a great opportunity to have a chuckle all through the summer.
Would you say in Hotel Trubble you are able to play the character larger than life?
The storylines are larger than life so I guess there is room to describe some of what we do as ‘heightened realism’.
As someone who is used to playing ‘oddball’ or crazy characters, how does Dolly par with the usual characters you play?
Well she certainly is someone very different from other roles I have played. This is a big attraction for me generally, to play characters pretty far removed from my myself.
Is Dolly similar to you in anyway?
Erm, perhaps in her childlike excitement to want to follow through her ideas.
When does the show go out?
I think around the end of September-time.
You have been consistently working throughout your whole career, can you give readers any tips as to how you have managed to stay on the top?
The biggest challenge is to stay positive when it seems things are not going your way. I manage to enjoy my journey as much as possible by continuing to create projects of my own, then I am not solely reliant on just getting a job to satisfy me.
Congratulations on your best comedy win for ‘Pulling’, it must be amazing having your hard work appreciated. Considering you are so different for your character of Karen in ‘Pulling’, what are you able to draw from to play her so well?
The biggest clue for me was watching women of all ages travelling home from London Bridge station late at night p****d out of their heads. Just watching all the different drunken walks, the intensity of concentration to stay upright, and hearing the various alcohol-fuelled voices. It’s fascinating.
Pulling has a huge fan base, including me. Do you think there will be another season?
Unfortunately not. It is there for all to watch on DVD or iTunes now.
What is your favorite character to date?
It probably has to be Karen from ‘Pulling’ and Sylv from Steven Berkoff’s ‘East’ on stage. They are both characters that I had to tap into the darker side of myself for and yet both of them are filled with comedy and pathos.
You are one of the few actresses who has amazing versatility in film, TV, Radio and Theatre. As well as comedy and drama, if you could only choose one field to work in for the rest of your career what would it be?
The one where they want to employ me the most.
As well as a talented actress you are a producer and writer. Off the back of your last film you are writing a feature, can you give us a sneak preview into the plot and tell us where you get your ideas from?
There is usually something that has happened or been said in my own life that triggers the start of a story in my head. My first feature film script looks at a compulsive liar. I have a co-producer and an executive producer in place now and as we are in the early days of raising finance there is still a way to go yet.