Lindsey Coulson has left Carol Jackson and Albert Square far behind to play a police boss in Sky One's action series Bulletproof…
Ex-EastEnders star Lindsey Coulson tells Soaplife about playing a cop for her new tv role…
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Lindsey Coulson has been in big demand since leaving EastEnders behind. Now she’s back on TV in Sky One’s police action series Bulletproof. “I have played a few policewomen in my career and really enjoyed it, so I thought it would be fun to do it again,” Lindsey tells Soaplife…
Former EastEnders star Lindsey Coulson talks to Soaplife about her new TV role…
Soaplife: What attracted you to the role of Lead Officer Sarah Tanner in police action series Bulletproof?
Lindsey Coulson: “I liked the scripts and especially how the two male leads – police officers Bishop and Pike (pictured below) – interacted and the humour between them. Plus, I get to tell them what to do because I am the boss! Bulletproof is great, action-packed entertainment. It’s not just a macho cop show. It has some very strong female characters, too.”
S: Tell us a bit about your character?
LC: “Sarah Tanner joined the police force from school and she’s worked her way up the ladder. She’s good at her job – she’s earned her place as Branch Commander and she’s great at it. She is a tough cookie when she wants to be and she speaks her mind, but she’s fair and firm. She treats her team with warmth and respect.”
S: How would you describe her relationship with Bishop and Pike?
LC: “They have a good working relationship. She has to have strong boundaries to keep them in line, though.”
S: Alongside all the action, the show digs into themes of family and friendship. How does Tanner fit into that?
LC: “Tanner has worked with the boys for a long time and trusts them implicitly and, although she doesn’t always show it, their friendship means a lot to her. As a manager, she cares about her team’s wellbeing.”
S: The show’s got a great cast. Did you enjoy working with them?
LC: “I did, and it was a real treat to work with Clarke Peters, who plays Pike Snr in Bulletproof and who was in The Wire. I have admired his work for a long time. London and its cultural diversity also play a big part in the story.”
S: Were there any memorable moments during filming?
LC: “Yes, eating lots of chocolate in loads of scenes and giggling with Clarke Peters.”
S: You were, of course, in EastEnders for 913 episodes in all – can you imagine Sarah Tanner working with Bishop and Pike for that long?
LC: “No! Her nerves wouldn’t survive it. I loved my time on Eastenders. It was very hard to leave because I loved the people. I was getting paid well, but something inside me said, ‘You’ve got to go – it’s time to move’. EastEnders is all-consuming and it’s lovely when you’re in there, being consumed by that, but when you come off the wheel, you have to catch your breath.”