Emilia Fox has played Forensic Pathologist Dr Nikki Alexander on BBC One’s Silent Witness since 2004.
For new viewers coming to Silent Witness for the first time this year, where do we meet Nikki and what can we expect from this series?
This series sees Nikki trying to make a transatlantic relationship work with Matt Garcia (Michael Landes) who she met in the last series.
She must juggle this with the five very different cases she is involved with across the series – all of which explore themes of identity and family.
What is your most memorable moment from this series?
Reading the script for Tim Prager’s Lift Up Your Hearts (episodes three and four). The scripts are so hard hitting and relevant. It explores the effects of drugs and drug dealing on school kids, families and communities.
There were also the episodes which took us to Brighton for Michael Crompton’s To Brighton, To Brighton (episodes five and six). This was special because it puts the Lyell team in a different location and we spent many days on an industrial sized rubbish dump – the smell of which I will definitely never forget!
What do you think is the secret to the show’s continuing success?
I have always thought that it was because you are getting a ‘behind the scenes’ look into the way crimes are solved – using pathology and forensic science to assist police work is fascinating.
Finding the clues through the body is really the heart of the series, allowing the Lyell team to piece together the last moments of someone’s life and being able to give answers to loved ones. Each story is always so different and whilst the main focus is always on the crime I feel that we are now exploring a bit more of the personal lives of the Lyell team too. For example, Nikki’s feelings towards Matt are explored more. She also begins to think about whether she is ready to start a family and bring life into the world… when she’s much more used to dealing with death!
Finally – do you have any New Year’s resolutions for 2019?
I like to learn new things – so am ready to take on any new challenges! I’d like to learn to ride a moped and join a rock choir!