Best known for her role as Sherlock’s brilliant but slightly awkward pathologist Molly Hooper, Brealey will play Dr. Amelia Frayn, a trailblazing female Victorian doctor who runs the Obsidian Clinic in Whitechapel.
“I’m playing one of the first women doctors,” Brealey told the Radio Times. “I’m really excited because I did history at university and I love a bit of research. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson blazed the trail in the 1870s and in the intervening decade or so a few extremely intrepid and unusual women started learning to be doctors themselves.”
The story of Ripper Street’s third season is a bit magical in and of itself – as the period drama was originally cancelled by the BBC following its second outing last year. However, the axed Victorian series was given new life three months later when, due in part to an avid fan campaign, it was revived thanks to a deal with Amazon Prime Instant Video, which acquired subscription streaming rights for the show in the UK. (It appears that Ripper Street will still air in the US on BBC America.)
“Everyone’s just delighted that it’s got another crack of the whip," said Brealey. "They felt that they weren’t quite done with it. I think it’s that feeling when you’ve had half the biscuit and left it somewhere in the house: you can’t quite rest until you’ve found it. So it’s like they’re all finishing off a custard cream with smiles on their faces!”
Series 3 is currently filming in Dublin but no airdate has been set yet for either side of the pond.
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