Anna Friel: ‘England’s nice – for now’

Anna Friel is not ruling out a return to Hollywood, despite being back on British TV.

The 35-year-old actress has moved back to Britain to give her six-year-old daughter Gracie stability and stars in new BBC drama Public Enemies. She also just appeared in Neverland and ITV drama Without You.

Anna said: “It’s not cut and dried.

“I have a house in Los Angeles, a house here and a house in Spain. Gracie, her school and having come out of a 10-year relationship dictates things. That makes me no different or any more special than any other person who’s gone through a break-up, has a child and also wants to work. And it’s nice to work in England again.”

Anna is currently dating Rhys Ifans after splitting from Gracie’s father, Harry Potter star David Thewlis.

The Pushing Daisies star revealed it’s been interesting to return to the UK acting scene having spent some time in LA, where casting agents didn’t know about her role as lesbian teen Beth Jordache in Brookside, nor of her former relationship to Darren Day – two things which she always used to be associated with.

She said: “I was quite young to deal with all of that. But in LA, they knew nothing about my history. They’d seen me on stage in Broadway when I was 22 and had no clue about Brookside, or who my boyfriends were. It was purely judged on, ‘We liked this performance, what are we going to do with her?'”

Public Enemies screens on BBC One on Tuesday, January 3, continuing on the next two evenings.