Miranda Raison has revealed she doesn’t dwell on the reviews when it comes to choosing roles.

The actress has joined BBC Two’s police comedy Vexed – which stars Toby Stephens – but revealed she wasn’t put off by the fact that the first series didn’t receive plaudits.

The 31-year-old, known for her roles in Spooks, Married Single Other and Merlin, said: “I wasn’t worried about the reviews. I knew I wanted to work with Toby and I really liked the script.”

Miranda continued: “It’s a funny one. I don’t think I ever saw a review of Spooks when it started. And for Married Single Other we got nice reviews and lovely feedback, and then we didn’t get recommissioned.

“In a way, reviews are a bit of a false commodity, and people have such different taste.”

The actress, who plays a new character, straight-as-an-arrow detective Georgina Dixon, added: “The producers have never shied away from the fact that they would rather have a Marmite show than something which floats along and which people forget about.”

Vexed begins on BBC Two on Wednesday, August 1