Who is Stefanie Martini? All you need to know about the Prime Suspect 1973 actress

She takes on the mantle of Dame Helen Mirren when she stars as Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect 1973, but who is actress Stefanie Martini?

Prime Suspect 1973 is the highly-anticipated prequel to the Prime Suspect series starring Helen Mirren as Jane Tennison, which began in 1991.

Based on Lynda la Plante’s novel Tennison, it sees 22-year-old Jane, an eager recruit to the Metropolitan Police, during her first days on the beat.

She is on the receiving end of some of the sexism that was prevalent in the police force at the time, before becoming involved with a murder enquiry.

Here’s everything you need to know about the actress who plays the young Tennison - 26-year-old Stefanie Martini.

Who is Stefanie Martini?

Born Lorna Michelle Stefanie Martini, the Bristol native was less than a year old when the original Prime Suspect series first aired.

Originally planning on a career in art and illustration, she was accepted onto the acting course at London’s prestigious Rada, landing her first professional role while in her final year of study.

What might I have seen Stefanie Martini in before?

That first role was a small part in ITV’s Morse prequel, Endeavour.  She played a character called Georgina Mortmaigne in an episode called Prey.

She then secured a larger role in Julian Fellowes’ period drama Doctor Thorne, which starred Tom Hollander. Stefanie played his niece, Mary, in all three episodes of the ITV drama in 2016.

She played another leading role in the NBC fantasy series Emerald City, based on Frank L Baum’s Wizard of Oz. Recently broadcast in the United States, it’s being shown on 5Star in the UK. Stefanie played a character called Lady Ev.

Stefanie Martini

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How is Stefanie Martini approaching the role of Jane Tennison?

Martini won’t be doing a slavish impersonation of the character created by her famous predecessor in the role.

“My biggest fear was doing an impression of Helen Mirren,” she told the Radio Times. 

“I know where Jane Tennison ends up, but I’m not playing that Jane Tennison. The one I’m playing has no idea where she’s going to end up, so if I copy Helen Mirren’s performance, it just won’t work.”

Where can I see Stefanie Martini next?

Stefanie will be seen next in another Julian Fellowes project – she joins a stellar cast in his film adaptation of the Agatha Christie mystery Crooked House. She’ll be seen alongside Christina Hendricks, Gillian Anderson, Terence Stamp and Amanda Abbington in the drama, which is expected to be released later this year.

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