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24 September 2014

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Eva Birthistle as Jane Lavery

Eva Birthistle Interview

"The State Within is so complicated. Loads of stories are intertwined - it's simultaneously so intriguing and so moving," reveals Eva, who plays Jane Lavery.

"She's a human rights lawyer who is handed her first Death Row case. She has replaced Luke's last lawyer, and at first he shows animosity towards her and because of the seriousness of his case - she feels out of her depth.

"She has to fight to gain Luke's respect.

"Then she uncovers explosive incriminating evidence about something, and she realises she is in very deep water indeed.

"I have great respect for Jane. From the outset, she's a very likeable character because of her sheer strength and the way she manages to cope with a horrific situation. She has very attractive qualities that I hope will draw audiences towards her.

"People in power might get upset about The State Within because the subject matter is hugely topical. It deals with a lot of issues - like terrorism and the special relationship - that we're seeing in the news day in, day out.

"It might ruffle a few feathers, but at the end of the day it's still a drama. It doesn't have to enrage people, but if it provokes a response, that can only be a good thing."

Eva previously appeared in BBC drama Trust, and has guested in Holby City.

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