To celebrate the release of Deceit, the new thriller mini-series from Channel 4, we sat down with Nathaniel Martello-White – one of the co-stars of the series – to find out bringing this notorious story to the screen.
Based on the real-life story, Deceit examines the controversial honeytrap – codename “Operation Edzell” – at the heart of the high-pressure investigation into the devastating murder of Rachel Nickell, a young mother brutally attacked in front of her two-year-old son on Wimbledon Common in London in 1992. Niamh Algar (Censor, Raised by Wolves) stars as the lead detective thrust into the honeytrap to try and seduce the prime suspect into admitting his guilt.
Martello-White, who appeared in Collateral opposite Carey Mulligan and Steve McQueen’s Mangrove, plays Baz, the handler of Algar’s character as he ruthlessly primes her for the task she is facing and the repercussions if she and the detective force fails. He tells about the process of getting into character, his relationship with Algar on-screen, the techniques and details he picked up from real handlers, and the unique voices behind the series that will help surprise and educate audiences.
You can watch the interview below:
Deceit starts on Channel 4 and All4 on Friday, August 13th