Charlie Murphy shines in BBC film after Bronte bootcamp

By Esther Hayden

Charlie Murphy (front) with co-stars Chloe Pirrie and Finn Atkins.
Charlie Murphy (front) with co-stars Chloe Pirrie and Finn Atkins.

Wexford actress Charlie Murphy took part in a 'Brontë bootcamp' to prepare for her recent BBC role.

The talented actress, who played Siobhán in RTE's gangland drama Love/Hate, had a leading part in the BBC's festive film To Walk Invisible, which chronicled the lives of the Brontë sisters.

Murphy took on the role of Anne Bronte, the author of the acclaimed novels Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

War and Peace star Chloe Pirrie played Wuthering Heights author Emily, while Finn Atkins took on the role of Charlotte.

Inbetweeners 2 actor Adam Nagaitis played the Brontës' 'reckless' brother Branwell.

In preparation for the role, Murphy and her co-stars took part in the week-long bootcamp in Haworth, West Yorkshire, the lifelong home of the sisters.

During the course of the bootcamp, the actors learned how to write with old-fashioned ink pens and were given the opportunity to quiz Juliet Barker, the author of the Brontës' official biography.

The film was written and directed by Sally Wainwright, the brains behind hit TV series Happy Valley, and was shot on location in the Yorkshire Moors.

The film coincides with the bicentenary of Charlotte's birth and it was aired on BBC1 on December 29.

Murphy has described working on it as 'an incredible experience'.

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