We’ve conducted many interviews via Zoom across the past few months, but few have been as enjoyable as Eileen O’Higgins, the affable Northern Irish actress, who takes a starring role in the brilliant new series Dead Still, where she stars alongside Michael Smiley and Kerr Logan.

We spoke to O’Higgins on a video call, and discussed in great depth the nuanced and subversive role of Nancy Vickers and how she went about accessing the character, and balancing the show’s comedy with its dark morbidity. O’Higgins comes across as being a very humble individual, and talks about her joy in collaborating with such talented actors – not just on this show, but with the likes of Saoirse Ronan, who she’s a very close friend with. Finally, she comments on her experiences going back home for lockdown, and why she accidentally forgot to pack enough clothes for the duration…

Watch the full interview below:


Set in 1880s Ireland in the Victorian era heyday of ‘postmortem photography’ the six-episode period drama follows a renowned memorial photographer who is drawn into a series of apparent murders which appear to be linked to his work.

Dead Still is showing exclusively on Acorn TV