Emer Kenny: 'At 16 years old filming sex scenes, I was trembling with panic'


Emer Kenny’s first acting job involved her bluffing coitus with a 35- time-old man in a ­tattoo parlour while wearing only a T- shirt, pants and a brace of buckaroo thrills.

was 16, and had n’t had important sexual experience, ” says Kenny, recalling the shoot for the BBC’s 2007 Mark Haddon drama Coming Down the Mountain.

All the crew were standing watching and I was shaking with terror. ” A womanish adjunct director came to her deliverance. “ She noticed how nervous I was and offered to rehearse the scene herself.

She made all these inflated whooping noises and the crew fell about laughing. Everything relaxed. I felt suitable to do the scene after that. ”

In that moment, the teenage Kenny made a pledge to herself “ that if I ever got into a position of responsibility over youngish actresses I ’d make sure

I looked after them. And now, after nearly half a continuance in the assiduity, I eventually have. ”

Now 32 – and a familiar face to suckers of the BBC’s Father Brown operative series – Kenny is the smarts behind Karen Pirie, a new three- part ITV drama acclimated from Val McDermid’s chilly crime novel, The Distant Echo( 2003).


She acclimated, superintendent- produced and indeed plays a minor character in the smouldering procedural about a St Andrews police force impelled to renew a 25- time-old disquisition into the unsolved murder of a youthful barmaid after a true- crime podcast accuses them of not taking violence against women seriously.