Mhairi Calvey

Mhairi Calvey - Answer our questions

Mhairi Calvey is a Scottish actress who is hugely passionate about her craft with a love for playing character roles.

At the age of 5, Mhairi made her movie debut playing the role of 'Young Murron' in Mel Gibson's film “Braveheart”, which went on to win five Oscars and 'the thistle scene' became one of the most popular Hollywood scenes of all time. Shortly after filming Mhairi returned to school and started her career on stage performing in several theatres around the UK.

After graduating drama school, Mhairi went on to play leading roles in feature films such as “Five Pillars”, “3 Lives” and “Abduct” alongside William B Davis and Sienna Guillory. She won best actress for the TV movie “Gemini” at the L.A Short Film Festival.

How did you get the part in the show?
I watched season one of the show when it first came out and I loved it! I was aware of both Simon (Pearce) and Paul's (Dudbridge) previous work. After talking via email myself and Paul met to discuss the possibility of working together. A few months later after the scripts had all been written Paul sent me episode 5 and I immediately jumped on board. It was exactly what I was looking for as an actress and something I had never done before.

What were the highlights from the shooting of the show? Things you haven’t done before etc?
The highlight for me was our location. I've always been a fan of period dramas such as Pride and Prejudice so this was a dream come true. We were in the beautiful Georgian House in Bristol. It was the first time I had ever done a costume drama which was something I was looking to do. The set was incredible and it was one of the biggest episodes. I think it was exciting for all of us as it's rare to film in locations which are historical. It's always exciting for actors when we have the chance to dress in period costume too. It really helped to immerse ourselves into the story.

What was the hardest part of working on the show? Lots of lines, working with VFX, action stuff?
The hardest part of the show for me was doing the period drama scenes and making sure my style of performance would match the shows style and the rest of the cast. It's always the challenge when you're a guest star in an episode of a popular show. All the cast and crew who work on it regularly have connected and found their rhythm of working together. They know how the show runs and what the audience expect so it's always a challenge to get up to speed. Most of the show is set in present day with only one episode jumping back to the past with the character of Edward. After lots of effects and action throughout the show it was important to keep the suspense in this episode as well as link it in to the series.

Regarding the craft of acting, what did you learn about or what might you do differently?
I've mainly worked in film so this was great training for more television. You have to work much faster. We had a day to fit in a whole episode so everyone had to be on the ball and always ready to go. I learnt a lot about what would be expected from the cast on a TV series set up.

Finally, what would you do if the events of the show really happened?!
Good question! I think if the events in the show really happened then I would probably do what the characters in the show do and go into the country side although it would be fun to fight real life Aliens.

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