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Keeley Hawes has said filming The Missing would be “torturous” were it not for her three children. ...

Keeley Hawes read Kate McCann's autobiography to prepare for her 'torturous' role in The Missing

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Keeley Hawes has said filming The Missing would be “torturous” were it not for her three children.

The 40-year-old actress is starring in the forthcoming second series of BBC One’s acclaimed drama alongside The Walking Dead’s David Morrissey. The new case follows Sam (played by David) and Gemma (Line Of Duty’s Keeley), whose daughter Alice went missing in 2003.

Eleven years later, Alice (newcomer Abigail Hardingham) collapses after being found stumbling through the streets in Germany. Her return sends shockwaves through a small community.

During an interview with the Radio Times, Keeley revealed part of her preparation for the role involved reading the autobiography of Kate McCann, mother of Madeleine who has been missing since 2007.

When asked if she is able to leave a perturbing subject matter behind after the cameras stop rolling, the actress pointed to her role as a mother.

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