Anne-Marie Duff’s ‘superstitious’ hygiene ritual

Anne-Marie Duff’s ‘superstitious’ hygiene ritual

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Anne-Marie Duff has revealed that for each new role, she showers at the specific time she thinks the character would – as well as picking out the perfect perfume.

The Shameless actress, 53, has had a glittering career both on stage and screen, winning a BAFTA for Irish comedy Bad Sisters.

But Anne-Marie has admitted she is superstitious and with each different role, she has certain rituals she needs to carry out to make sure everything goes to plan. 

‘I have my rituals,’ she told The Mirror on Tuesday. ‘I’ll go, like, “I do this at this time”, and “I do that at this time”. 

‘You get little sort of obsessive-compulsive behaviours that are… they’re really rituals, superstitions, aren’t they?

Anne-Marie Duff has revealed that for each new role, she showers at the specific time she thinks the character would - as well as picking out the perfect perfume - she told The Mirror on Tuesday (Pictured in May 2023)

Anne-Marie Duff has revealed that for each new role, she showers at the specific time she thinks the character would – as well as picking out the perfect perfume – she told The Mirror on Tuesday (Pictured in May 2023)

The Shameless actress, 53, has had a glittering career both on stage and screen, having won a BAFTA for Irish comedy Bad Sisters in 2022

The Shameless actress, 53, has had a glittering career both on stage and screen, having won a BAFTA for Irish comedy Bad Sisters in 2022

‘I know exactly the time I have to have a shower before a show, and it depends on the character.’

Anne-Marie also said that she picks a perfume to match each character to ensure she smells like she thinks they would. 

Her confession comes ahead of next Wednesday’s return of her Channel 4 drama Suspect, for which she was spotted filming dramatic scenes in November.

Anne-Marie and her co-star Dominic Cooper could be seen tussling as they filmed the dramatic scenes on a small fishing boat on the Thames.

Both were wrapped up in thick padded coats as Dominic’s character forced his hand over Anne-Marie’s mouth to stifle her screams.

And despite the dark themes both actors appeared in high spirits between scenes and chatted with the crew. 

Anne-Marie reprises her role as psychotherapist Dr Susannah Newman with Dominic making his debut as her mysterious new client Jon Fallow. 

But Anne-Marie has admitted she is superstitious and with each different role, she has certain rituals she needs to carry out to make sure everything goes to plan (Pictured with James McAvoy in Shameless)

But Anne-Marie has admitted she is superstitious and with each different role, she has certain rituals she needs to carry out to make sure everything goes to plan (Pictured with James McAvoy in Shameless)

'I have my rituals,' she told The Mirror on Tuesday. 'I'll go, like, "I do this at this time", and "I do that at this time" (Pictured in April 2022)

‘I have my rituals,’ she told The Mirror on Tuesday. ‘I’ll go, like, “I do this at this time”, and “I do that at this time” (Pictured in April 2022)

The second season follows Susannah who is now on a desperate quest to track down a self-confessed serial killer before he kills again. 

But when a mysterious new client admits under hypnosis that he is a murderer and intends on killing another young female that evening, Susannah knows he must be stopped.

Ben Miller also reprises his tole with other new additions alongside Dominic including  Tamzin Greig, Eddie Marsan and Gina McKee. 

Actress Anne-Marie said: ‘I’m so pleased to be returning to Suspect to be able to dig deeper into the character of Dr Susannah Newman’.

‘Expect lots of twists, turns and revelations alongside more questions to be answered. I can’t wait for viewers to see what we’ve done with the second series.’ 

Anne-Marie also said that she picks a perfume to match each character to ensure she smells like she thinks they would (Pictured in 2018)

Anne-Marie also said that she picks a perfume to match each character to ensure she smells like she thinks they would (Pictured in 2018)

Meanwhile Channel 4’s Ben Wadey said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Eagle Eye Drama again to be bringing back Suspect for a second series’. 

‘With Anne-Marie Duff returning as Dr Susannah Newman plus a truly spectacular ensemble cast that includes Dominic Cooper, Tamsin Greig and Eddie Marsan, Channel 4 viewers are truly in for a ride when this hits our screens’. 

Series one of Suspect was broadcast earlier this year with James Nesbitt leading the cast as veteran detective Danny Frater.

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