There are bits of me in Only You’s Jane Hollinger but, sadly, not enough to cast myself as her and as my acting ability only stretches to a very unconvincing angel in a nativity play, the apple tree in the Garden of Eden, and a peasant dying of the Black Death – which made the audience laugh – I’d better pick a better actress! Andrea Riseborough has played roles as diverse as Wallis Simpson and Margaret Thatcher and I think she’d be great as Jane. If I could find a mad scientist who could create a hybrid of Richard Armitage, David Tennant and Michael Fassbender in their laboratory then we’d have Robert! But if that proves to be unethical, then Richard Armitage would be my first choice. He’s tall, dark, and handsome, ideal for Robert! I’m not sure what he’d look like with badly dyed blonde hair and weird contact lenses, though! Jane’s fashion journalist sister, Mags, is nuts so apologies to Sheridan Smith, from Cilla, Jonathan Creek and Love Soup, but I think she’d be great as her! Jane and Mags’ best friend, Carol, is Sally Hawkins who is in Paddington and won a Golden Globe for Happy Go Lucky in 2009. Robert’s best friend, Vince, is Richard Coyle who was in the comedy Coupling way back when, and the sadly short-lived supernatural drama, Strange. If I’m lucky, I’ll get a job as an extra, or the tea lady!
Jane Hollinger is the wrong side of thirty, divorced and struggling to pay the mortgage her cheating ex left her with. As a qualified genealogist, teaching family history evening classes is a way for her to make ends meet. But she begins to wonder if it’s such a good idea when a late enroller for the class is a little… odd. “Badly-blond Bloke” both scares and intrigues Jane, and when she discovers he is her all-time favourite actor and huge crush, Robert Armstrong, she’s stunned. Even more stunning to Jane is the fact that Robert is interested in her romantically. He’s everything she ever dreamed of, and more, but can she overcome her fear of living in the public eye to be with the man she loves?