Jodie Whittaker has said she doesn’t feel any pressure about series two of Broadchurch – but she thinks writer Chris Chibnall may do.

The actress starred in series one of the hit ITV drama as murdered child’s mum Beth Latimer and will be back in the New Year for the second series, but said that the cast, which includes David Tennant and Olivia Colman, weren’t feeling the pressure of expectation from fans.

“I don’t think there’s pressure for us,” Jodie said. “I’m sure the pressure’s there for Chris, but he doesn’t need to feel it because he’s such an extraordinary writer.

“When we got the scripts, we all went, ‘Ah! We’re back, this is amazing’.

“I think the good thing this time is we’re not hiding who we’re playing – I’m in it, I’m obviously Beth Latimer again,” Jodie added.

“But I do love the fact there’s so much secrecy around it because there’s just no way of putting your foot in it if you just keep your mouth schtum.”

Asked if she’d be back for a third series, Jodie said: “I don’t know – I mean, I didn’t know about this one until very recently. I think I’ll be the last person. I don’t think anyone trusts me with secrets, so I get told really at the last minute.”

Broadchurch will return to ITV in January.