Here’s everything we know about Love Island 2019

Here’s everything we know about Love Island 2019


Love Island 2019 is on its way, and from the Flack Attack’s return to how to get a Love Island water bottle, here’s everything to know…

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It’s that time of the year again. The evenings are getting longer, our wardrobes are getting more colourful and summer TV is getting closer.

Yes, we’re obviously talking about Love Island.

The ITV2 show dominated our summer evenings last year, with ‘got a teeeext’, ‘muggy’ and ‘grafting’ finding their way into our everyday language.

Now, Love Island 2019 is only a few weeks away, with series 5 set to start next month.

But who are the 2019 contestants? Where is this year’s villa? And how can we get our hands on one of the pink neon water bottles before they sell out?

Here’s everything you need to know…

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When does Love Island 2019 start?

An exact date and time has yet to be confirmed for Love Island series 5, with people speculating that the launch will take place in early June. Series 4 (2018) ran from 4 June to 30 July, so insiders are assuming that we can expect a Monday evening early on in the month, most probably either 3rd or 10th June.

The Love Island 2019 contestants:

No islanders have been confirmed as of yet for series five, but there is speculation around a few potential names. Among those tipped to appear are some celebrity siblings, from Sairah Pinnock, sister of Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Soph Piper, Rochelle Humes’ 20-year-old sister, to Ethan Allen, brother of 2017 Love Island contestant Gabby Allen, with Ethan even previously visiting the villa to see her. The most surprising rumoured entrance however is Megan Barton Hanson, with the 25-year-old featuring on the show only last year.

Where is the Love Island 2019 villa?

We’re not too sure, but it’s likely that the producers will keep the Mallorcan villa that’s been used in the past, but give it a bit of a make over in time for season five. As long as there’s a pool, gym and fire pit.

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Who is presenting Love Island 2019?

Unsurprisingly, Caroline Flack is returning to the Love Island helm, teasing the ITV show’s return this week. So we’re guaranteed a few Flack Attacks this year. And for the narrator, the show wouldn’t be complete without Iain Stirling.

Love Island Water Bottles

Will the iconic Love Island water bottles be returning this summer? Obviously, being one of the show’s unique selling points. But how can we get our hands on one? The show’s pink neon personalised bottles are available to buy at the official Love Island shop, but with it being closed until summer, we’ll have to wait. Keep your eyes peeled for its opening though as the bottles often sell out in days.

Love Island hair and make up

Cult-favourite hair brand ghd announced that they had kitted out the Love Island villa last year, with Rimmel also revealing that they were the official make up partners. There is no word yet though as to which brands will be teaming up with the show this year.

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Love Island 2018

Love Island 2018 was one of the most memorable yet. Dani and Jack were the golden couple of the series, with honourable mentions going to Josh and Kaz (poor loyal Georgia) and Megan and Wes. All the 2018 couples have now parted ways, with Dani and Jack confirming their split (sob) only recently.

Can Love Island 2019 top last year? We’ll be tuning in!

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This Game of Thrones fan theory will blow your mind

This Game of Thrones fan theory will blow your mind


Words by Maisie Bovingdon

We are nearing the end of the eighth and final series of Game of Thrones *sigh*, and with the finale just around the corner fans of the HBO series are speculating over how the drama will end.

GoT viewers believe Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) are set for a very dramatic plot twist.

One fan theory claims Daenerys and Arya will come head to head in a vicious battle, which will see Sansa Stark’s sister (Sophie Turner) die to prove to Jon Snow (Kit Harington) how conniving his lover is.

In a previous episode Arya makes her way to King’s Landing and insisted she had some business to take care over, although she warned she would not return. Sounds ominous, right?

However, the killing spree won’t involve Arya and Cersei, instead Arya will enter into battle with Emilia’s character.

Here’s another plot twist? Despite Arya choosing to go head to head with Daenerys, she will purposefully lose the fight.

The conspiracy, which was posted on Reddit, reads: ‘I believe that Arya is headed to King’s Landing to attempt to kill Dany. I believe Arya will intentionally fail this assassination, forcing Dany to kill her, in full view of Jon.

‘This will allow Jon to finally see Dany for what she is. Jon kills Dany… And there you have it, the Prince that was Promised.

‘Arya’s real target is Dany – the Starks’ values have always centred around protecting family.  Arya and Sansa know that Jon is in danger.’

But will Snow defend his relatives or lover?

Although the theory claims Arya will sacrifice her life, the fan believes Jon will kill off Daenerys, although another theory predicts Jon will die.

The post continued: ‘Jon seeing Dany for her true nature, he has to kill her – it’s the only fitting ending. He doesn’t care about the throne but he cares about his people and Dany sitting on the throne is no better than Cersei or the Night King sitting there.’

Bring on Sunday night’s episode!

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This Game of Thrones theory has fans convinced that Jon Snow will die

This Game of Thrones theory has fans convinced that Jon Snow will die


Goodbye perfect man bun?

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Game of Thrones. Credit: HBO

SPOILERS AHEAD

Game of Thrones season 8 is coming to a close, and with just two episodes left there are still a load of loose ends to tie up. Is Jaime running back to save or slay Cersei? Who will Arya’s green-eyed victim be? And will the Mother of Dragons finally get comfy on the Iron Throne?

So many questions, and only two episodes left. Considering a bunch of long standing characters were killed off during the battle against the Night King, we’re certain that we’ll be waving goodbye to some of the key players over the next two weeks.

But will Jon Snow be one of them?

According to this theory, the former King of the North might not make it to the end to watch his lady love/aunt take charge of the seven kingdoms. Gulp.

And it all has to do with direwolves. Remember how Jon left poor Ghost behind as he left Winterfell for Kings Landing, without even so much as a nod goodbye?

One theory on Comicbook.com noted that often there’s a link between each house and their associated animals (think the Stark direwolves and the Targaryen dragons). Let’s not forget that Robb and Rickon Stark were both murdered by the same people who killed their pets.

So does that mean that now Ghost is out of the picture, and Rhaegal – Jon’s preferred mode of dragon transport – is now swimming with the fishes that he’ll be killed off pretty soon?

It reads: ‘Ghost, the white direwolf that Jon was given at the beginning of the series. In The Last Of The Starks, Jon sends Ghost away to live in the ‘True North’ alongside Tormund Giantsbane and the rest of the wildlings.

‘Rhaegal — Dany’s dragon, named after Jon’s father (Dany’s brother), Rhaegar. He became Jon’s personal steed during the battle against the Night King and looked like he would be the true spirit animal Jon was connected to. In The Last Of The Starks, Rhaegal is shot out of the sky and killed by Euron Greyjoy and the Iron Fleet.’

However, before you get too panicked, there are a few inconsistencies with this one. Ghost isn’t dead, he has just been re-homed. Plus, Bran and Sansa’s direwolves are long gone but they’ve made it this far… unless death is coming for them, too?

We don’t know what to believe anymore.

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Game of Thrones actress Nathalie Emmanuel has something to say about THAT episode

Game of Thrones actress Nathalie Emmanuel has something to say about THAT episode


Words by Maisie Bovingdon

Game of Thrones actress Nathalie Emmanuel paid a heartfelt tribute to the HBO series, as well as her co-stars, following a very dramatic episode on Sunday night, which also saw a Starbucks coffee cup make a surprise appearance. 

The 30-year-old star, who plays Missandei of Naath, starred in her final scenes for the medieval fantasy show, which aired on the weekend.

In the fourth episode of the eighth and final ever season, Missandei was killed by Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey).

But Nathalie’s final goodbye had us all choked for more reasons than one; not only was her dramatic exit scene a tear-jerker, but so was her sweet Instagram post, in which she admitted her character has taught her a huge life lesson.

She posted a picture of her character on her Instagram account, which read: ‘It’s been one of my greatest joys playing Missandei of Naath… The quiet and kind translator. A brilliant woman who overcame so much suffering and found herself, her voice… and her one and only love.

‘She represented so much for me, personally, that I have no choice but to carry the things she has taught me into my life going forward.’

Nathalie went on to gush about Emilia Clarke – who plays Daenerys Targaryen – and hailed her ‘a source of light and laughter’. Aww!

She continued: ‘Thank you to everyone who made it possible for me to play this part… this life changing part… there are too many to list… @emilia_clarke GIRL! I love you… SO much. I’ve loved playing your BFF for the past 7 years. Thank you for being such a wonderful person in my life and a source of light and laughter.

‘Playing Missandei and Grey Worm’s journey has been so special. I couldn’t have asked for a more generous and supportive co-star… Also… We’ve been out in these streets together boiiii negotiating so much but always having each other’s back. Thank you for all of it… you have been a dear friend at every point.

‘To the entire cast and crew… You will always hold a special place in my heart. The love and energy we shared will be hard to match. I feel like I hit the jackpot meeting and working with you all. I love you.’

Nathalie went on to thank fans for their support, before she concluded: ‘Missandei is sipping a rum on a beach somewhere in sky.’

Our hearts just broke a little.

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These are our favourite Twitter reactions to that Game of Thrones Starbucks cup blunder

These are our favourite Twitter reactions to that Game of Thrones Starbucks cup blunder


Words by Maisie Bovingdon

Game of Thrones is back for its eighth and final series, and while it has recently hit the headlines for Arya Stark’s (Maisie Williams) sex scene and the celebrity cameos, after last night’s episode it has become a huge talking point for another reason.

During the celebratory dinner for Jon Snow and Arya, all the key figures were gathered around the table for a banquet of champions – and some Stabucks coffee it seems.

Yes, you read that right, a Starbucks paper cup was on the table right next to Daenerys Targaryen, and it did NOT go unnoticed.

Fans of the HBO series took to social media to draw attention to the mistake – just in case you missed it, but the moment has also sparked a vast array of new theories.

1. Blink and you’ll miss it

Fans took to social media to point out the prop error – just in case you missed it.

2. The order

Starbucks were over the moon to get a little cameo in the medieval fantasy series, but instead of blowing their own trumpet they took to Twitter to discuss Daenerys’ beverage of choice.

2. The real champion

Over the eight series Westeros has seen a whole host of wars take place, more recently The Battle of Winterfell.

But fans think the ultimate ‘winner’ throughout the series is THAT coffee cup.

4. Does it make a difference?

Fans of the HBO series spotted the coffee cup but did not let them distract from the drama.

5.  Proof we are only human

Say no more.

6. But something was missing

Yes, you guessed it.  Where was the name?

7. Was it a set up?

Now, this throws a spanner in the works.

8. Was it a plan to slowly break hearts?

We are half way through the final EVER series, so was the Starbucks coffee cup a ploy to wean us out of our Sunday routine?

9. Publicity stunt?

But GoT is the most talked about show.

10. The memes are rolling in

Although Game of Thrones executive producer, Bernie Caulfield, has apologised for the blip, they made light of the mishap.

Speaking to WNYC radio, he said: ‘We’re sorry. Westeros was the first place to actually, you know, have Starbucks.’

Now the memes are rolling in…

This won’t put us off tuning in again this weekend!

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Five huge questions we still have after last night’s Line of Duty finale

Five huge questions we still have after last night’s Line of Duty finale


Because we did not float up the Lagan in a bubble, you know

Line of Duty

*Spoiler alert* – Do not continue if you’re not up to date with the latest series of Line of Duty

Mother. Of. God. After five tense AF episodes, Line of Duty‘s fifth series concluded with a bumper 84-minute episode last night. Don’t know about you, but we’re still recovering from being on edge for the best part of an hour and a half.

It turned out Gill Biggeloe had been working with the organised crime group all along (‘urgent exit required’) and had been trying to frame Ted Hastings as H, as well as shut down AC-12 so that they could continue with their dodgy dealings in peace.

Poor John Corbett had well and truly been led up the garden path by Gill, who had convinced him Hastings was the reason his mother was killed in the eighties, and his vengeful undercover mission was just one big ol’ wild goose chase.

The Beeb has commissioned a sixth series of Line of Duty, likely to air in 2021, so until then, here are the questions we’ll be trying suss out the answers to until then.

Who is the fourth officer in cahoots with the OCG?

‘Who is H?!?!!’ has been the question on the nation’s lips since series 4. But last night it turned out there was more to Dot’s dying declaration than we first thought – and thinking H was a person was the ultimate Jed Herring. (Thanks Steve.)

On closer inspection, the former caddy appeared to be tapping out the letter H in Morse code – four dots. ‘H is not an initial. It’s a clue,’ confirmed Arnott. ‘Four dots. Four caddys. Four police staff in league with organised crime.’

While Dot, Gill and Hilton have all been identified as working with the OCG, we’re hoping we’ll get to the bottom of the mystery of the forth person in series six – and that it’s not one of the three musketeers, Kate, Steve or Ted. Because anything can happen on this show. Which leads us to…

Is Ted definitely not bent?

Or should that be ‘definately’? Thankfully, the evidence suggesting our beloved Ted Hastings was H was proven to have been orchestrated by snakey Gill Biggeloe and he was reinstated, albeit on a final warning after his unauthorised undercover op.

Cut to the end of last night’s episode though, and we see Hastings approaching the late John Corbett’s wife with a suspicious looking package. The briefly mentioned missing £50,000, perhaps? It’s all looking a bit shifty, fella.

Until we have clear confirmation of who the fourth OCG associate is within the police, we just can’t trust that Jed won’t betray us at the last minute.

Will Kate and Steve recognise Ryan?

‘The person who made me see that there was another way, to be a useful member of society was a police officer, PC Simon Banerjee. He’s the reason why I wanted to become a police officer too. To help people.’

The final grimly confirmed what we’d all feared ever since Ryan Pilkington’s ‘interview’ was mentioned in episode four – that he has been working towards getting a place at police college, presumably so that the OCG can further infiltrate the force. The end montage showed what appeared to be a passing out parade with subtitles confirming he’d been accepted as a Student Police Officer. Yikes.

Ryan’s links to the OCG when he was a child have clearly slipped through the net in terms of paperwork (remember when Kate interviewed him in series one?), but will the pair recognise him as the child who ‘did the phones’ and shouted ‘bent bastard’ every five minutes? We’ll have to wait until the next series to find out what the new caddy manages to cause within the police force.

What’s the deal with Steve’s pain pills?

Since the attack in series four that left him in a wheelchair, Steve has been dealing with lasting problems with his back, for which he’s been taking pain meds and which seemed to leave him unable to perform in the bedroom with DS Sam Railston. (Awks.)

During the end montage, we were rather ominously shown Steve taking yet more pills before stashing them back in an overhead cupboard, foreshadowing a drug problem further down the line.

Don’t know about you, but we’re a little bit worried this could open Steve up to being blackmailed by the OCG in future…

Will we see more of Patricia Carmichael?

With her ice cold deliveries and seemingly unflappable manner, Anna Maxwell Martin managed to make DCS Patricia Carmichael one of the most infuriating characters ever. Far too smug about our Ted’s demise, she was.

Of course, it was all alright in the end because the evidence against Ted was disproved (hooray!). But Carmichael was so hell bent on proving to everyone that Hastings was corrupt, that we got more than a whiff of a vendetta there.

Something tells us that episode wasn’t the last we’ll see of her…

Line of Duty Series 1-5 is available now on BBC iPlayer

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Five huge questions we still have after last night’s Line of Duty finale

Five huge questions we still have after last night’s Line of Duty finale


Because we did not float up the Lagan in a bubble, you know

Line of Duty

*Spoiler alert* – Do not continue if you’re not up to date with the latest series of Line of Duty

Mother. Of. God. After five tense AF episodes, Line of Duty‘s fifth series concluded with a bumper 84-minute episode last night and, I don’t know about you, but we’re still recovering from being on edge for the best part of an hour and a half.

It turned out Gill Biggeloe had been working with the organised crime group all along (‘urgent exit required’) to try and frame Ted Hastings as H and shut down AC-12, so that they could continue with their dodgy dealings in peace.

Poor John Corbett had well and truly been led up the garden path by Gill, who had convinced him Hastings was the reason his mother was killed in the eighties, and his vengeful undercover mission was just one big ol’ wild goose chase.

The Beeb has commissioned a sixth series of Line of Duty, likely to air in 2021, so until then, here are the questions we’ll be trying suss out the answers to until then.

Who is the fourth officer in cahoots with the OCG?

‘Who is H?!?!!’ has been the question on the nation’s lips since series 4. But last night it turned out there was more to Dot’s dying declaration than we first thought – and thinking H was a person was the ultimate Jed Herring. (Thanks Steve.)

On closer inspection, the former caddy appeared to be tapping out the letter H in Morse code – four dots. ‘H is not an initial. It’s a clue,’ confirmed Arnott. ‘Four dots. Four caddys. Four police staff in league with organised crime.’

While Dot, Gill and Hilton have all been identified as working with the OCG, we’re hoping we’ll get to the bottom of the mystery of the forth person in series six – and that it’s not one of the three musketeers, Kate, Steve or Ted, because anything can happen on this show. Which leads us to…

Is Ted definitely not bent?

Or should that be ‘definately’? Thankfully, the evidence suggesting our beloved Ted Hastings was H was proven to have been orchestrated by snakey Gill Biggeloe and he was reinstated, albeit on a final warning after his unauthorised undercover op.

Cut to the end of the episode though, and we see Hastings approaching the late John Corbett’s wife with a suspicious looking package. The briefly mentioned missing £50,000, perhaps? It’s all looking a bit shifty, fella.

Will Kate and Steve recognise Ryan?

‘The person who made me see that there was another way, to be a useful member of society was a police officer, PC Simon Banerjee. He’s the reason why I wanted to become a police officer too. To help people.’

The final grimly confirmed what we’d all feared ever since Ryan Pilkington’s ‘interview’ was mentioned in episode four – that he has been working towards getting a place at police college so that the OCG can further infiltrate the force. The end montage showed what appeared to be a passing out parade with subtitles confirming he’d been accepted as a Student Police Officer. Yikes.

Ryan’s links to the OCG when he was a child have clearly slipped through the net in terms of paperwork (remember when Kate interviewed him in series one?), but will the pair recognise him as the child who ‘did the phones’ and shouted ‘bent bastard’ every five minutes? We’ll have to wait until the next series to find out what the new caddy manages to cause within the police force.

What’s the deal with Steve’s pain pills?

Since the attack in series four that left him in a wheelchair, Steve has been dealing with lasting problems with his back, for which he’s been taking pain meds and which seemed to leave him unable to perform in the bedroom with DS Sam Railston. (Awks.)

During the end montage, we were rather ominously shown Steve taking yet more pills before stashing them back in an overhead cupboard, seemingly foreshadowing a drug problem. Don’t know about you, but we’re a little bit worried this could open Steve up to being blackmailed by the OCG in future…

Will we see more of Patricia Carmichael?

With her ice cold deliveries and seemingly unflappable manner, Anna Maxwell Martin managed to make DCS Patricia Carmichael one of the most infuriating characters ever. Far too smug about our Ted’s demise, she was.

Of course, it was all alright in the end because the evidence against Ted was disproved (hooray!). But Carmichael was so hell bent on proving to everyone that Hastings was corrupt, that we got more than a whiff of a vendetta there. Something tells us that episode wasn’t the last we’ll see of her…

Line of Duty Series 1-5 is available now on BBC iPlayer

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Fleabag’s West End finale has officially sold out and we’re all inconsolable

Fleabag’s West End finale has officially sold out and we’re all inconsolable


Tickets for the stage finale of Fleabag have officially sold out.

Fleabag

Words by Niamh McCollum

The West End reprisal of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s hit show Fleabag was announced just hours before tickets went on sale, with the show subsequently selling out within 60 minutes.

Waller-bridge debuted Fleabag at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival back in 2013, and she has since become a household name following the finale of its second TV series.

Her one-woman play will run at Wyndham’s Theatre from 20 August to 14 September, for a total of 30 shows.

Although many fans are delighted to have secured tickets, the ticket-buying process was a trying time for everyone involved, and, of course, many of us were left empty handed.

If you’re still feeling a bit sorry for yourself today, then we come bearing the perfect cure: our favourite Twitter reactions to the Fleabag ticket-buying process/inevitable disappointment at the show selling out.

Nothing perks us up like finding a good gif or meme that accurately reflects our feelings of devastation at a situation that we have no control over – am I right?

So, without further ado, these are the seven stages of the Fleabag ticket-buying experience, as told by the eloquent users of Twitter:

  1. Sitting down at your laptop the moment tickets come on sale, feeling hopeful and savvy:

2. Getting onto the online ticket queue and nervously waiting for some sort of sign:

3. Trying to stay positive whilst riding the emotional rollercoaster that is the online ticket-queueing experience:

4. Doubting yourself as time goes on:

5. Being hit with this crushing reality:

6. Denial:

7. Acceptance:

If you’re still reeling from your inability to secure a Fleabag ticket, at least you can now take comfort in the fact that many of us feel the same. We would also like to send out a gentle reminder that because it’s a one-woman show, it will be sexy priest-less. Just saying.

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Actress Sophie Rundle talks equality, friendships and embarrassing sex scenes

Actress Sophie Rundle talks equality, friendships and embarrassing sex scenes


You’ve seen her in Peaky Blinders and Bodyguard, and now Sophie Rundle is starring in new BBC drama Gentleman Jack opposite Suranne Jones. Here, the actress talks to Sophie Goddard about working with the greats, dodgy hair cuts and awkward cab rides

Sophie Rundle

Thirty seconds into speaking to Sophie Rundle, we discover we went to the same after-school drama club in Bournemouth, and spend the next few minutes enthusing about it. ‘Oh god, I sound like such a wanker, but doing drama as a kid makes you much more confident and brave,’ she gushes. ‘It’s a real travesty that it’s considered an “extracurricular” thing. It’s vital for growing and developing, learning skills like proper eye contact, communication and speaking publicly. Some of my best friends now are from drama club,’ she adds, admitting that thinking about them is ‘making me homesick’.

It’s not surprising – there hasn’t been much time for trips back to the seaside lately. Now based in London with her actor and writer boyfriend Matt Stokoe (the couple are currently renovating their Victorian house together – see Instagram for updates), 31-year-old Rundle’s career has positively skyrocketed since those drama-school days. Best known for her roles in Peaky Blinders (as Ada Shelby) and Bodyguard (as Vicky Budd), as well as credits on Jamestown, Episodes, Happy Valley and Call The Midwife, this month Rundle stars in Gentleman Jack, playing Ann Walker, the wealthy heiress Suranne Jones’s character sets her sights on marrying.

Show business runs in the Rundle family. ‘My granddad was a line producer, and we have pictures of him with Gregory Peck in the 60s, so I think it was in the air,’ she explains. ‘My mum and dad aren’t actors, but we all sit around doing impressions,’ she explains. Her parents, Fiona, a customer service manager, and Michael, a business consultant, fed her love of acting, too. ‘As a family, we’d watch films and talk about people on screen – what was good or bad, and whether you believed them and their stories. 
I loved that.’ The middle child of three, Rundle’s older brother is a writer, and her younger brother is an actor, too, which begs the question: would they work together? ‘No, I’d find it really weird. I’d get the giggles and so would he,’ she mock-shudders.

After graduating from RADA in 2011, Rundle landed herself ‘the tiniest part in a TV show’ (she can’t remember what). ‘I had three lines, but filmed it in Budapest,’ she says. ‘I remember getting on a plane and I couldn’t believe someone was paying me money to be there.’ But it was landing the role of Ada Shelby in Peaky Blinders in 2012 that changed everything. 
‘I feel really loyal to that show,’ she says. ‘They gave me my first leg-up. When I went for my audition, I was skint and had dyed my hair myself. It went badly wrong and I had jet-black, Halloween hair. It was a disaster. I arrived thinking, “I’ll never get this”. It’s an amazing cast and such a ballsy, wild show. I couldn’t believe it when they gave me the part – I still can’t. God, I sound really underconfident, don’t I?’

Seven years on, being an actor clearly still hasn’t sunk in. ‘I get embarrassed saying what I do,’ admits Rundle. ‘If you’re chatting to a cabbie and they don’t know you’re an actor, I cringe because it’s always coupled with the inevitable, “So, what have I seen you in?” And you’re left reciting your CV.’ Working with the likes of Helen McCrory and Cillian Murphy hasn’t hit home yet, either. ‘It’s totally surreal,’ she says. ‘They’re brilliant and at the top of their game for a reason. You learn just being around them; it’s a privilege watching the way they take what’s on the page and add to it – they’re so brave and creative.’ But working with the greats also has its drawbacks. ‘I feel like I make a tit of myself every day! I was so much braver when I was younger. You have to really put yourself out there, and some days, especially if you’re doing a highly emotional or public scene, you feel like an idiot in front of everyone.’ Which brings us on to sex scenes, AKA ‘the worst thing in the world’ (her words). ‘It’s 
a stupid thing for a grown person to be doing, but there’s no way around it,’ she explains ‘I just did this scene in Gentleman Jack and the whole team worked hard to make sure everybody felt confident. If you do a fight scene, you have a stunt co-ordinator and safety precautions, and the entire day becomes about ensuring everyone feels in control. But sex scenes? No. It’s such an exposing thing and it can go really wrong. There are so many horror stories where people have been taken advantage of.’

 

‘You have to have a coping mechanism, sit down and have a chocolate biscuit’

 

There’s also the uncomfortable preoccupation with aesthetics that is so much a part of the profession. ‘I’ve always struggled with that side of things,’ she reveals. ‘I was so young when I started acting, and it never occurred to me that my image would have such a huge impact on my career. Putting on a sample-size outfit for a shoot seems so incongruous to me. I’m not particularly comfortable with it and I can’t watch myself back…’ she trails off. ‘But it’s a necessary part of the job, so you have to be pragmatic and separate yourself from it, otherwise it would make you go insane. You might stop and think, “God, I look awful”, but then you go, “Well, it’s just encroaching on vanity here, I should just stop thinking about my face”. It’s especially hard when you’ve got your period, a big spot, or you’re just not feeling great. The last thing you want is a camera stuck in your face. But that’s when you earn the money, so you have to figure out a coping mechanism. Have a sit-down and a chocolate biscuit, grit your teeth and get on with it.’

The week Rundle and I speak, Emma Thompson has pulled out of upcoming animation Luck in response to John Lasseter’s hiring (following accusations of sexual misconduct), and Rundle doesn’t shy away from talking about inequality in the industry. ‘There’s this thing as a woman where if you are vocal or have an opinion, you’re often seen as being difficult, annoying or overly emotional,’ she says. ‘And I think it takes other women saying, ‘‘Well, actually, I’m going to make a stand”. The more people like Emma who speak up and have a voice, the more it helps others in the future.’ Does she now feel in a position to speak up, too? ‘The older I get, the more confident I feel putting my foot down and taking control, absolutely. When I was younger, I was just so grateful to be there I’d say yes to everything. It’s really important as a woman to feel empowered enough to call the shots, so you’re not being taken advantage of.’ That goes for pay too, she adds. ‘It’s such a tricky one because people are, rightly so, private about what they’re paid, and you have to be sensitive about that. But transparency is key to making a difference. When it’s hidden away, that’s when people take advantage. You have to talk, and it’s important to bring men into these discussions; it shouldn’t just have to be women sharing their pay packets. If you’re working with a guy and feel comfortable being open about that with each other, that’s the way forward.’

Clearly, Rundle is putting her money where her mouth is. Along with Stokoe (an ‘incredibly talented writer’), the pair (who worked together on Jamestown and Bodyguard) have set up a production company, Bone Garden Films. 
‘We just made our first feature film, Rose,’ she says. ‘We started it when we were on a job – as friends – and frustrated with the lack of input we had. Last year, we got funding and began filming. We have a couple of other projects in development, too.’ Her reasoning is clear-cut. ‘I think young people are realising you don’t have to have just one career avenue. If you’ve got a voice and something to say, you can go out and create your own content. It’s not elitist, it’s open to anyone, and that’s so vital in diversifying the work we’re seeing. If we only allow a certain demographic to be in positions of power, then the content we are creating is always going to be skewed in a certain way. It’s really important that work is representative of the world that we actually live in. I think it’s pulled back the veil a little on this industry.’

It also helps that Rundle’s network includes best friend and fellow actress Hannah Arterton (sister of Gemma), who she credits with keeping her sane. ‘Those two as sisters are brilliant women,’ she says. ‘Gemma is my best mate’s really cool big sister and I think she’s impossibly fantastic. She navigates her way through the industry very well, she’s figured herself out and how she wants to present herself. I think you learn from all of your contemporaries. You talk, swap stories and watch how other people deal with things and you take inspiration, definitely. Last night, Hannah and I went to the pub and spoke for six straight hours about everything. I think women particularly need to unburden and talk until you feel better – or until someone is insightful and says something that makes you think about it differently. To me, that’s absolutely vital.’

Gentleman Jack is coming soon to BBC One

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This Game of Thrones character was only meant to star in one episode

This Game of Thrones character was only meant to star in one episode


Words by Maisie Bovingdon 

The final eighth series of Game of Thrones is in full swing as the third episode, The Long Night, aired on Sunday night, which saw the Battle of Winterfell, finally hit our screens.

After the show aired fans took to social media to gush over Lyanna Mormont – played by 16-year-old actress Bella Ramsey – as she killed the giant zombie, although the moment also led to her downfall as she was crushed by the monster.

But the noblewoman was never meant to be in the HBO series for as long as she was, as she was only slated to feature in one scene.

Speaking about Bella’s character in a post-show interview, which has been reported on Teen Vogue, show producer D. B. Weiss explained: ‘Lyanna Mormont was supposed to be a one-scene character, and then we met Bella Ramsey and we realised that we would not be doing our jobs if we kept her as a one-scene character.’

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Lyanna made her first appearance on screen in season six back in 2016 when Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) paid Lyanna a visit at her home, Bear Island, and begged for her help to win back Winterfell.

Lyanna resurfaced again in the next series as she prepared her troops for the pinnacle of GoT, the Battle of Winterfell, which took place in season eight.

Although Lyanna was not meant to be a longstanding character in the medieval drama, the producers felt she deserved to receive a memorable exit scene.

Weiss added: ‘We knew that you can’t give a big death to everybody who dies in this battle because it would have been too much, but also, if she were to die, there’s no way to not make a moment of it, so that’s where the zombie giant comes in.

‘But they also understood why we needed to give one of the strongest smaller people in the show a chance to go out taking down one of the strongest larger things we’ve ever seen in the show.’

 

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