Killing Eve's Gemma Whelan explains frustration with new role in ITV's The Tower

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Killing Eve's Gemma Whelan has opened up about the most "frustrating" element of her role in new ITV drama The Tower.

Based on Kate London's novel Post Mortem, the three-parter follows Detective Sergeant Sarah Collins (Whelan) as she's tasked with investigating the mysterious deaths of a long-serving cop and a teenage Libyan refugee after they fall from the top of an apartment block in the city.

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As she and partner DC Steve Bradshaw (Arrow's Jimmy Akingbola) try to uncover what happened, and why rookie police officer Lizzie Adama (The Haunting of Bly Manor's Tahirah Sharif) and a five-year-old boy were seemingly up on the roof at the time, Sarah finds herself deflecting condescending comments from her suspicious superior DI Kieran Shaw (Peaky Blinders' Emmett J Scanlan).

"It was very frustrating to play actually because I don't tolerate that kind of thing," Whelan told Digital Spy recently, noting Shaw's dismissive attitude towards her character. "Most women don't, but Sarah just swallows it and gets on with it.

"Her lifestyle and her career is weaponised against her. Her career advancements and her personal life are, sort of, gaslit by this boss. She has retorts. She's come back and it doesn't bother her but it's good to see those elements being addressed."

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Another challenge Whelan, who rose to fame playing Yara Greyjoy in Game of Thrones, says she faced during filming was a particularly chilly night shoot when she was heavily pregnant.

"It was a freezing cold summer night, and we were very much up against time," she recalled. "It was not enormously enjoyable all the time because it was just so cold. But we're pleased with the result of the scene and what we got."

The Tower continues tonight (November 9) at 9pm on ITV.

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