Writing to give fellow actresses better roles

Lynda La Plante (above) has two new books – Widows’ Revenge, released earlier this year, and The Dirty Dozen, which will be published in August.
Lynda La Plante (above) has two new books – Widows’ Revenge, released earlier this year, and The Dirty Dozen, which will be published in August.PHOTOS: MONTE FARBER, ZAFFRE
Lynda La Plante has two new books – Widows’ Revenge (above), released earlier this year, and The Dirty Dozen, which will be published in August.
Lynda La Plante has two new books – Widows’ Revenge (above), released earlier this year, and The Dirty Dozen, which will be published in August.

Lynda La Plante, screenwriter of TV series Widows and Prime Suspect, takes to the streets to do research for her crime novels

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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 18, 2019, with the headline 'Writing to give fellow actresses better roles'. Print Edition | Subscribe