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Minnie Driver 'praises The Deep plot'

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Minnie Driver at the preview of Vanity Fair Portraits Photographs 1913 - 2008

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Minnie Driver has revealed why she chose to star in BBC's new drama The Deep.

The actress told What's On TV that she knew straight away reading the script that she wanted the role as Frances Kelly, who captains the submarine on its mission.

"I don’t really think about whether something is film or television when choosing a project," she said.

"It's all about the right script for me and as soon as I started reading this I thought, 'Wow, this actually reads like a film'. The plot is truly mysterious and takes some very unexpected turns. It really was a page-turner."

Driver admitted that she enjoyed playing the role, her first in a British TV drama for 14 years.

"I really like watching strong female characters on TV and Frances Kelly totally fits into that mould," she said.

"She’s a very committed, apparently single-minded captain and scientist and I was really attracted to playing someone like her who has to keep her cool when making decisions that could literally mean life or death."

However, the 40-year-old said that she would "hate" to live in a submarine for real and praised those who do.

"I take my hat off to them because for me, by the end of filming, I was so happy knowing I would never have to set foot in that flipping submarine ever again!" she said.

The Deep begins tomorrow at 9pm on BBC One.

Minnie Driver teases The Deep

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