Katherine Kelly on her ‘Innocent’ teacher: ‘mud sticks’

It says so proper there within the collection title: schoolteacher Sally Wright is “Innocent” of murdering one her college students.

As Sally (Katherine Kelly) strikes again house –after spending 5 years behind bars — she’s intent on reclaiming her life after being discovered not responsible in a subsequent retrial. But it’s not simple; the locals are hostile and there are rumors she slept with the lifeless scholar, Matty Taylor, whose throat was slashed with a damaged bottle.

The police, in the meantime, have redoubled their efforts to search out the true killer amongst a sea of red-herring suspects thrashing in and across the lakeside English village the place the homicide occurred.

“Her focus is getting the life back that was stolen from her,” Kelly, 49, informed The Post. “Sally’s story is one in all misrepresentation. Being discovered harmless by a jury, that’s not sufficient. She’s been publicly shamed by the media and social media and dirt sticks. She’s judged by those that don’t even know her. People have already made up their minds about her and that takes her abruptly.

“She thinks she can return to a mundane life — but everything is in chaos.”

Photo showing Katherine Kelly in character as Sally Wright, holding flowers in a cemetery.
Sally visits the grave of Matty Taylor, the coed she was wrongly accused of murdering in “Innocent.”
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“Innocent” is in its second season with a totally completely different storyline and forged. The four-part collection, which airs on ITV within the UK, is streaming on Sundance Now. Kelly’s co-stars embrace Jamie Bamber (“Strike Back”) as Sally’s her ex-husband, Sam, who divorced her as soon as she was imprisoned; Priyanga Burford as Karen Moss, to whom Sam is now engaged; Amy-Leigh Hickman as Bethany, Karen’s troubled teenage daughter; and Shaun Dooley as DCI Mike Braithwaite, who’s intent on discovering the true killer whereas dealing (natch) with a private tragedy of his personal.

Photo showing Shaun Dooley as DCI Mike Braithwaite interrogating a suspect in the police station.i
Shaun Dooley as DCI Mike Braithwaite, who’s main the homicide investigation.
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Each roughly-45-minute episode strikes the narrative’s needle because the investigation into Matty’s homicide veers in many alternative instructions down a highway suffering from twists and turns — and a finale shocker you gained’t see coming.

“It’s in that great thriller tradition where everyone is a suspect, even though we know that Sally isn’t,” Kelly mentioned. “The highlight is put on everyone sooner or later. Thrillers are solely remembered in the event you don’t see the twist. I actually get pleasure from these one-off tales; I really like a great starting, center and finish and I assume I used to be searching for one thing that made this stand out — and Sally felt actually true to me.

“She really feels she’s carrying the trauma; she’s brittle and broken but always looking upward and forward,” she mentioned. “Even though she’s fragile, she knows, in her heart, what’s right and wrong and that she’s been wronged. She falls into herself a bit and takes the slings and arrows, but she also has a strength of character to get back on that ship from which she’s been thrown.”

Photo showing Jamie Bamber and Priyanga Burford as Sam and Karen.
Jamie Bamber and Priyanga Burford as Sally’s ex-husband, Sam and his fiancee, Karen.
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Kelly, identified to US viewers from her four-season function as Lady Mae Loxley on “Mr. Selfridge,” which aired on PBS with star Jeremy Piven, mentioned “Innocent” was shot largely within the South of Ireland final August as a result of pandemic; manufacturing ultimately moved again to England as soon as restrictions had been lifted.

“When we arrived in Ireland they were going into lockdown and when we came back to England they were going into lockdown,” she mentioned. “It wasn’t the same as it would’ve been normally; all the pubs were closed in Ireland and we were kept as separate as possible. We were one of the first production teams back and we wanted to set a precedent and we felt responsible to make sure it all went well. We didn’t have any COVID cases.”

Kelly mentioned she’d by no means labored with any of her “Innocent” forged mates, although she and Dooley, who performs DCI Braithwaite, are from the identical city in Yorkshire (Barnsley). “Our families know each other and he knows my dad,” she mentioned. “They support the same football team.”

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