Beatific Sitcom Cameo Of The Week…

Amanda Hale as ‘Abi Johnston’ in “Rev”I don’t normally watch Tom Hollander’s sitcom Rev (the way they use a homeless alcoholic as their “Kramer” character rankles with me), but when I read that last night’s episode would feature a go-getting young female curate, I thought I’d better tune in to see who they’d cast in the role.

And I’m glad I did, because it turned out to be Amanda Hale, last seen playing Chris O’Dowd’s mentally unstable wife in the BBC period drama The Crimson Petal and the White, earlier this year. I kept meaning to write about that series at the time, because it had such a stellar cast (including Shirley Henderson, Richard E. Grant and Gillian Anderson), but I was so disheartened by the way the story ended that I lost the will to blog. Nevertheless, I was very impressed by how Hale held her own alongside such heavy hitters, and delivered a performance by turns heartbreaking and hilarious… and I recognised her here as soon as she appeared on screen in photographic form, even though she’d rather sneakily changed her hair-colour. There’s something very distinctive about her face… in a good way, I mean. Sadly all she was really required to do in this episode was play an impossibly perfect antagonist/angel for the other (mostly male) characters to cluck over. She did it very well, of course, but it isn’t much of a stretch for her to play a pretty and charming straight-woman, is it?

Still, you have to give her credit for managing to look so adorable in her dorky curate’s clobber…

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