Lynda La Plante turned to writing to avoid being typecast as an actress

British screenwriter and bestselling crime novelist Lynda La Plante is the writer behind groundbreaking TV crime series Widows (1983 to 1985) and Prime Suspect (1991 to 2006).
British screenwriter and bestselling crime novelist Lynda La Plante is the writer behind groundbreaking TV crime series Widows (1983 to 1985) and Prime Suspect (1991 to 2006).PHOTO: MONTE FARBER

SINGAPORE - British screenwriter and bestselling crime novelist Lynda La Plante turned to writing so that she would stop getting typecast. As a petite redhead actress, she was repeatedly shunted into playing sex workers on screen.

"I was becoming very frustrated," she recalls.

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