BELLO WATCH: EMILY ATACK IN DAD’S ARMY

Emily Atack found fame on one of Britain’s hilarious teen comedies, The Inbetweeners, which followed four teenage boys failing in their desperate quests with the opposite sex. It’s been a while since the British-born beauty has played the cool, older tease ‘Charlotte Hinchcliffe’ in this iconic show. Since then, Emily’s characters have grown up as seen in her latest role as ‘Daphne’ in Dad’s Army with the likes of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Bill Nighy. 2016 is proving to be a big year for the budding actress and she was more than happy to reveal all for BELLO!

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So you found fame with your character, ‘Charlotte’ from The Inbetweeners. What was it like to be part of this hilarious production?

“Being a part of the Inbetweeners was an amazing experience. I’d left school just a year earlier, so life soon changed for me quite quickly. I’ve always felt so lucky that it came into my life when it did, I had so much fun and learnt so much and met a great bunch of people”.

 

You are now starring in Dad’s Army alongside one of your fellow Inbetweeners cast members, Blake Harrison. Did you enjoy getting to work together again?

“Working with Blake again was lovely. We stuck together at the read through for Dad’s Army seeing as we didn’t know anyone else at first! So that was nice. It’s always nice to work with people you’ve already worked with so they can calm your nerves, and sit with you at lunch!”

 

So tell me a little bit about the premise of this film?

“There’s a spy in Walmington, and it’s the home guards chance to really play a part in the war by seeking out the spy and catching him. Meanwhile, a journalist (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is visiting the village trying to write an article on the home guard and starts to ruffle some feathers by fluttering her eye lashes at our men – and us ladies are not amused!”

 

Describe your character in this movie?

“My character is Daphne, girlfriend of Walker (played by Danny Mays). She is a fun and spirited member of the ATS [Auxiliary Territorial Service]. She is sweet with a bit of an edge! Really fun role. I loved every minute of playing her and I got to wear incredible costumes with a fabulous wig!”

 

There is a seriously talented cast in this film: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bill Nighy, Toby Jones etc. Were you at all star struck by any of the actors/actresses?

“I was definitely star struck when I walked into the first read through of Dad’s Army. But the great thing about the actors I worked with, is that they are some of the loveliest, kindest and funniest people I’ve ever met. So it took no time at all for them to make me feel welcome, at ease, and like I was one of the gang. People say it’s risky to meet your heroes just in case it takes the magic away or they aren’t as wonderful as you think they’re going to be. For me, they were everything and more!”

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Is there a particular actor you would like to work alongside in the future?

“Ricky Gervais Or Tom Hanks”

 

You seem to have a lot of other projects coming up. What can you tell your fans about at this stage?

“I have a number of projects coming up! I recently did a film in Belgium called Iron Sky 2 (the sequel to Iron Sky), which is a crazy sci-fi supernatural journey on the moon, with a group of people trying to get to the centre of the earth. It stars Tom Green and Udo Kiel, I play Tom Green’s girlfriend, which was great fun! I’ve always been a big fan of his so that was great. We had a blast drinking all the beers in Belgium!”

“Another film I have coming out is called Lies we Tell. Set in Bradford about a Muslim woman and her dramatic journey of trying desperately to stop her little cousin being forced into a marriage with an evil gangster. I play a very nasty young girl who is very sadly involved with the evil gangs of Bradford who help groom young girls, and to live her life through crime is the only way she knows. A very different role to anything I’ve done before! So I’m looking forward to seeing that. That stars Harvey Keitel, Gina McKee, Mark Addy, and Gabriel Byrne”.

 

Is there anything else you’d like to share with your fans?

“This hopefully should be a fun year for me! I love working, and I am happiest when I’m working. I feel so fortunate to be in the position I’m in as the industry can be so tough. I’ll always continue to work my bum off, make friends, and learn from every job I do. I don’t really have a life plan. The beauty of this job is that you have no idea what’s around the corner!”

 

About The Author

Michelle Ganney
Contributing Editor

Although born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Michelle was raised in England from the age of 2 years old. She discovered her love of writing at University with an overriding interest in the film, TV and entertainment world. She interviews talented, global stars as the Entertainment Editor at BELLO mag.

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