The Serpent: Jenna Coleman wants to meet Bikini Killer Charles
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BBC’s newest drama The Serpent tells the encapsulating tale of conman and murderer Charles Sobrhaj (played by Tahar Rahim) and partner and sidekick Marie-Andrée Leclerc (Jenna Coleman). The pair were brought to justice after a series of harrowing crimes, including the killings of multiple backpackers across Thailand and beyond. Actress Jenna recently revealed she would love to meet her alter-ego and on-screen partner, admitting she would be armed with “1000 questions”.
Jenna has starred in a number of well-known dramas in recent years such as Doctor Who and ITV’s Victoria.
Now, she will be seen in a more sinister role than usual as she takes on the role of Marie-Andrée.
Based on a true story, Jenna will surprise viewers as she steps into the shoes of the very daring character which kicks off tonight.
The young woman she plays – originally from Quebec, a French-speaking region in Canada – fell for murderous Sobrhaj.
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Marie-Andrée was working as a medical secretary when she met the Frenchman and the pair ended up involved in the murders of dozens of tourists.
The duo struck backpackers across the so-called ‘Hippie Trail’ across parts of Asia, including Thailand and Nepal in the 1970s.
The story is being brought to life by a stellar cast who recently took part in a Q&A to give all the behind-the-scenes gossip from the series.
Speaking recently to Express.co.uk and other press, Jenna explained how she would love to one day meet Charles.
She began of Marie-Andrée: “What was an interesting thing to oscillate between, obviously, you’ve got between her the person that she was, and then this narrative that she’s living.
“But I think what’s really interesting is, it’s almost like she, she created our own narrative and she’s like living in her own delusion, really.”
Continuing to explain what the role meant to her, Jenna added: “So I guess, for me, it was more about squashing the truth.
“It was kind of like not accepting the reality of what was actually going on and meanwhile, she’s kind of always living her own movie star life – in her mind.”
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And when asked whether she wanted to meet her alter-ego and her character’s murderous partner, she seemed very keen.
Jenna commented: “I kind of think it would be a bit too irresistible not to?”
Speaking of Marie-Andrée, she said: “And I mean, 1000 whys, you know, ‘Why did you stay? Why didn’t you go away?’
“I don’t, you know, there’s just kind of all those questions, ‘How much did you know?’ It’s a 1000 questions.”
Her co-star Tahar also explained how it “came up in his mind” to meet Charles but felt it “was not a good thing.”
He went on to note: “I wanted to meet him for many reasons. You know, when you see a real-life character, you can mimic him.
“But I wanted to see how he would try to con me. That’s the reason why I wanted to so I could tell him it’s never gonna happen… that was the main reason. I mean, it was just an idea.”
The series follows couple Herman (Billy Howle) and Angela Knippenburg’s (Ellie Bamber) attempts to try and out Marie-Andrée and Charles’ string of crimes.
Viewers will have to tune in to see exactly how the dramatic story unfolds over the extensive time period it follows.
The Serpent begins tonight at 9pm on BBC One.
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