Hidden

Psychological thriller coming to BBC One Wales on 6 June and BBC Four on 9 June

Interview with Sian Reese-Williams (DI Cadi John)

I was just really excited to see, even on the page that there was this fully rounded, flawed, real human being and I just desperately wanted to play her.Sian Reese-Williams
Date: 23.05.2018     Last updated: 23.05.2018 at 00.01
Category: Drama; Wales; BBC Four

Tell us about Hidden.

It’s not a classic detective drama in that it deals with the whodunit and the police catching the bad man. It’s much more of a personal drama. It takes time to delve into the lives of everybody that gets caught up in the crime - the detectives, the victims, the family of the victims and even the bad guy. You’re trying to understand him.

It really plays with the idea of nature versus nature and almost tries to twist you into sympathising against your better judgement; it’s exciting and thought provoking. The characters are really interesting and it covers a lot of human emotion.

What drew you to the character DI Cadi John?

When female-led dramas work, the woman is so brilliantly rounded and flawed and not made for TV. She looks real and her hair and make-up aren’t perfect. It’s all about the personality of the character and that’s true of Cadi.

I was just really excited to see, even on the page that there was this fully rounded, flawed, real human being and I just desperately wanted to play her. Also, the ability to create a Welsh female led detective drama was really exciting to me.

Tell us more about Cadi.

We really wanted to create a character that you recognise. Cadi doesn’t worry too much about looking perfect and doesn’t always eat the right things. She drinks too much coffee and smokes too many cigarettes. I can certainly relate to her from reading the script.

She doesn’t shy away from horrible characters but you do see moments where she gets rattled. There are stumbling blocks for her to get through which allows her vulnerability to show through.

What marks out Gareth Bryn as a great director?

He’s got a fantastic eye for shots and how beautiful things can be and he’s also brilliant at letting you take your time with a scene and find the things that you need to find within it. He’s also incredibly patient and chilled out which is also lovely on an eight-ten hour shoot! He’s really brilliant.

The series is set in north west Wales. Tell us about the location.

Oh, it’s gorgeous! It looks so amazing to the eye and then through the camera. The different landscapes and scenery were amazing - the mountains were almost oppressive on certain days when the weather was appalling, and then that beautiful openness of the Menai Straits. Every single day was different. North Wales is just an incredible place to film.