Charlene McKenna (Leah Liebermann)
Vienna Blood (3x90’) is written by acclaimed screenwriter Steve Thompson (Sherlock, Deep State). Based on the best-selling Liebermann novels by Frank Tallis, the series will air on BBC Two this winter.
I think viewers will enjoy being immersed in early 1900s Vienna and get to see it through the eyes of the Liebermanns and Max as he runs around finding new ways to solve these crimes.
Tell us about your character
I play Leah Liebermann who is the older sister to Max (Matthew Beard), she is an interesting character in that you can tell has a lot going on under the surface and a past she covers up with a stiff upper lip. She loves giving Max a hard time but you can tell they have a lovely bond. She’s a high society girl with a sassy sadness about her.
What was it like filming in Vienna?
Filming in Vienna was a dream come true. We filmed in winter there and it is so exquisitely beautiful. The shops, culture, food and people were all wonderful. We had a truly special time together in a fabulous city.
Can you tell us about the Liebermann family?
The Liebermanns are a high society Jewish family who’ve recently moved to Vienna to further the family’s business in fabrics. They’re very proper and love each other but I think they’re all privately peddling their own deep fears and worries in a world where they dare not show it.
What were your first impressions when you read the scripts?
When I first read the scripts I loved seeing the idea of the birth of criminal psychology. Watching Max unpick these stories as more than just crimes for no reason, but behind which there are complex factors leading to heinous actions. Setting it in Vienna and in the world of Freud was very interesting to me.
Describe the series to us…
The series follows Max and a Viennese detective who sort of find themselves working together, even though Max is a doctor and not in the police world... but he’s questioning the world and the human mind and finds he’s able to help. Max is awake to the world of Freud and his teachings and therefore has a new way of questioning the world. And together they find a new way of looking at the crime scenes.
Were there any stand out moments during filming?
Filming was so much fun. We had many dinner party scenes as a family to shoot and immediately we all hit it off and the stories and laughs were endless. We also filmed in some of the most exquisite Viennese palaces and so between the amazing cast, the crew and the location it was all one big stand out moment.
What do you think viewers will enjoy about Vienna Blood?
I think viewers will enjoy being immersed in early 1900s Vienna and get to see it through the eyes of the Liebermanns and Max as he runs around finding new ways to solve these crimes. Not to mention the locations, the costumes, the whole world of it is something quite beautiful and fantastic escapism.