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Sarah Lancashire reveals she wasn’t intimidated when she took on Meryl Streep in new US drama Julia

From Happy Valley to Hollywood: Sarah Lancashire reveals she won’t be intimidated into taking on Meryl Streep’s famous role in new US drama Julia because it’s a ‘completely different project’

Sarah Lancashire has opened up about how unfazed she was by taking on a role made famous by Meryl Streep in her new US drama Julia.

The Happy Valley actress, 57, portrays chef Julia Childs on the new HBO series, a role played by acting legend Meryl, 72, who played in the 2009 film Julie and Julia.

But as she discusses her role, Sarah insists the parts aren’t comparable, telling The Mirror: “It’s very simple for me. It’s a completely different project and the nature of the project is different. The tone is different.

Role: Sarah Lancashire has shared how unimpressed she was when she took on a role made famous by Meryl Streep in her new US drama Julia (pictured in the role).

“You do 50 different hamlets, you do 50 different actors, they will all be different. And so it didn’t really occur to me. ‘

The ex-Coronation Street star added that the “perk” of taking on the role is that she has never “heard of” Julia before as she has no UK presence, adding that this does not matter in my role “preparation” or “participation” in the series.

Sarah went on to share why she chose not to mimic Julia’s accent and even dropped her vocal coach for the role.

She said: “At some point I put the writing away. It didn’t exactly make sense of what we were trying to do, which is a drama versus a documentary. I’m not a copycat. I can’t impersonate She also had this extraordinarily complex voice change.

Character: The Happy Valley actress, 57, portrays chef Julia Childs on the new HBO series, a role played by acting legend Meryl, 72, who played in the 2009 film Julie and Julia

Character: The Happy Valley actress, 57, portrays chef Julia Childs on the new HBO series, a role played by acting legend Meryl, 72, who played in the 2009 film Julie and Julia

She added that she needed to “find something” that she was “comfortable with” and that would “work in parallel.”

Sarah’s role comes after her other major series, Happy Valley, began filming in January for her final series.

The TV favorite reprized her role as Sergeant Catherine Cawood in the hugely popular crime series and was spotted filming the role in Yorkshire.

In October, the BBC confirmed that a third season of the hit show was on the way and that it would be their last.

Anders: Sarah insists the parts are not comparable, telling The Mirror: 'For me it's very simple.  It's a completely different project and the nature of the project is different.  The tone is different'

Anders: Sarah insists the parts are not comparable, telling The Mirror: ‘For me it’s very simple. It’s a completely different project and the nature of the project is different. The tone is different’

Role: The star added that the 'perk' of taking on the role is that she's never 'heard' of Julia before as she doesn't have a UK presence, adding that it was during my preparation didn't actually play a role' or 'participate' in the series

Role: The star added that the ‘perk’ of taking on the role is that she’s never ‘heard’ of Julia before as she doesn’t have a UK presence, adding that it was during my preparation didn’t actually play a role’ or ‘participate’ in the series

James Norton also returns as murderer and sex offender Tommy Lee Royce in six new episodes of the BAFTA-winning crime drama series.

The final season follows Catherine as she investigates a gangland murder that leads her back to Tommy and her struggle to shut down the valley’s drug supply.

Sarah’s character is also nearing retirement and the show will explore her relationship with grandson Ryan, who is now 16.

Siobhan Finneran will also reprise her role as Catherine’s sister Clare, with additional casts to be announced in due course.

Production: Sarah's role comes after her other major series Happy Valley was filmed in January for her final series

Production: Sarah’s role comes after her other major series Happy Valley was filmed in January for her final series

Sarah Lancashire’s Biggest TV Roles

Coronation Street – Raquel Watts

Fame: Sarah's most famous role is arguably the giddy but lovable barmaid Raquel Watts on Coronation Street (pictured with Kevin Kennedy)

Fame: Sarah’s most famous role is arguably the giddy but loveable barmaid Raquel Watts on Coronation Street (pictured with Kevin Kennedy)

Sarah’s most famous role is arguably the giddy but lovable barmaid Raquel Watts on Coronation Street, which she played from 1991 to 1996, with the actress briefly returning for an episode in 2000.

Raquel was famous for her relationship with Norman “Curly” Watts and her affair with Des Barnes. She left the cobbles after landing a job as a housekeeper in France.

Happy Valley – Catherine Cawood

Sarah is also particularly well known for her role as the no-nonsense Sergeant Catherine Cawood on the hugely popular crime series. She has played the role since the series began in 2014, with the sixth and final series beginning production in January.

Role: The actress portrayed District Nurse Ruth (pictured with Pam Ferris as Peggy) between 1997 and 1999.

Role: The actress portrayed District Nurse Ruth (pictured with Pam Ferris as Peggy) between 1997 and 1999.

The Last Tango in Halifax – Caroline

Sarah played Caroline, Celia’s daughter. She is a busy career woman who balances her role as principal with raising her daughter as a single mother. She played the role between 2002-2020)

Where the heart is – Ruth Goddard

The actress played district nurse Ruth from 1997 to 1999. Her character was known for her relationship with Simon, the childhood sweetheart. But when the couple split, Ruth later moved to Australia.

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