Former Coronation Street actress Julie Hesmondhalgh will make her Broadchurch debut as sexual assault victim Hayley, when the hit series returns on February 27th.

Speaking to Woman’s Own, the star opened up about the challenges of such an emotional role.

“I spoke to the show’s creator about the issue of sexual assault and how it would be handled. My very first scene was in the immediate aftermath of Trish’s attack. And we were in the Sexual Assault Referral Centre, so it was a bit of a baptism of fire.”

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Going on to reveal how show producers and fellow cast members supported her during the making of this shock storyline, she added:

“They had advisors to make sure I was on the right track, and Olivia really looked after me as a newcomer to the cast.”

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