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The Rotters' Club
Alice Eve plays Cicely Boyd

The Rotters' Club

Alice Eve plays Cicely Boyd

Tell me about Cicely.

Cicely is misunderstood because she is perceived as being quite aloof and uncaring and that really isn't how she intends to be at all.

Her inner conflict comes from the way people see her not matching up at all with the way she sees herself.

So she is sort of a victim of her own head.

The boys see Cicely as the unattainable ideal girl. Do you think she's aware of that?

No, not at all. I don't think you're ever aware of your position as a social group perceives it.

She doesn't talk with the boys very often, and when she does talk to Ben's friends, she is slightly uneasy because she is not at all sure what they say about her.

It doesn't really matter to Cicely if they're sexually attracted to her or not. It's what they think of her as a person that matters to her the most.

Her image changes regularly and pretty dramatically, does she change much as a person over the three years?

No, because there is nothing concrete about her as a person. I think she is very much in development and the jury is still out! She is a bit of an elusive character, even to herself.

What is your impression of the Seventies?

It was just a lot slower, that's the overall impression I get. We have moved into such a fast-paced, unnecessarily high-octane society.

It was a less youth obsessed culture as well I think. All the rock stars were slightly older, Peter Frampton and Led Zeppelin, they weren't all 16 and 17 year olds.

What was it like working with writers of the calibre involved in The Rotters' Club?

Dick and Ian, in particular, leave you sort of stranded after working with them because you can't read another script without being depressed that they haven't written it! So they were brilliant. They're irreplaceable.

Do you have anything else coming up?

I have just completed a docu-drama called The Genius Of Beethoven for BBC TWO that we filmed in Prague.

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