Julie Walters to return to TV in upcoming Channel 4 drama Truelove

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16 May 2022, 13:31

(L-R) Julie Walters, Clarke Peters

Credit: BBC Studios / Channel 4

Beloved actress Julie Walters is coming out of retirement for Channel 4’s latest gripping drama. 

The Mamma Mia star will return to screens in six-part drama Truelove, which also stars The Wire’s Clarke Peters, Phil Davis, Fiona Button and Karl Johnson. 

Julie will play ex-senior police chief Phil, who reconnects with old flame Ken (Clarke), when they meet at friend’s funeral. 

During the drunken aftermath of the emotional ceremony, Phil and Ken, along with a gang of old friends, make a pact to make sure they all die a dignified death, which, for them, is a sign of Truelove. But what was a fanciful idea soon becomes a shocking reality. 

The Channel 4 show explainer reads: “Truelove wrestles with the knottiest of ethical questions out there – is it ever right to help end a life? But it does so with a lightness of touch that is both darkly funny and profoundly empathetic. 

“Fundamentally it is a show which focuses on a group of characters who are trying to take back control of their life in their twilight years. And it’s also a love story, as a long-extinguished romantic flame is rekindled between two characters who missed out on each other when they were younger, offering them a second chance to experience the love of their lives before time runs out.”

Julie, who previously stepped away from acting, said in a statement: “I had basically withdrawn from acting and wasn’t sure that anything could tempt me back but then I read Truelove.  I was completely bowled over by the writing - the dark humour, the love story and thriller element set against a backdrop of what happens to us all as we approach our later years.  

“I adore the character of Phil - smart, funny and hard edged.  How often does one have the chance at my tender age to play a leading lady in a TV drama?  I can’t wait to start and to work with Channel 4 again, a broadcaster with a remit that is so vital to the industry and viewers.”

Back in 2020, the BAFTA Award-winning actress revealed she wanted to leave acting behind after being diagnosed with bowel cancer while filming her last movie, The Secret Garden. 

Speaking to The Times’ Saturday Review, Julie revealed that her cancer diagnosis caused her to “get off this treadmill” of constant acting and gave herself time to breathe for the first time in years. 

On acting, Julie said: “It's very stressful. You're immediately above the parapet. You're being judged. It's a stressful job and I don't sleep when I'm working. It's not good for me.”

She explained: “I don't want to work again. Unless it's another Mamma Mia.' 

We’re so excited to see Julie back on the small screen!