The Woman Who Fell to Earth concluded with a gargantuan list of the stellar names who’ll be guesting this season. One by one, Blogtor Who will be telling you just why you should be excited for them. Here we look at Susan Lynch, who plays Angstrom in The Ghost Monument.

MI5 agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) gets closer to the truth when she tracks down Villanelle's former lover Anna (Susan Lynch) (c) Sid Gentle Films/BBC
MI5 agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) gets closer to the truth when she tracks down Villanelle’s former lover Anna (Susan Lynch) in Killing Eve (c) Sid Gentle Films/BBC

Born in Armagh in Northern Ireland in 1971, Susan Lynch has been a prolific and popular actor ever since her graduation from the Central School for Speech and Drama. She’s been continuously in work for almost of a quarter of a century prior to her Doctor Who role in The Ghost Monument. During that time she’s often to be found mixing supporting roles in blockbuster hits with lead roles in prestige dramas. Her career has been marked by playing intense, damaged characters. And in a passion for her craft that elevates any production she’s been in, whatever her role.

Most recently viewers will have seen her in hugely successful drama Killing Eve.  There she played Anna Aanmokoba in the climactic episodes, the former teacher and lover of Jodie Comer’s enthusiastically psychopathic assassin. Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum, she first came to public notice in 1993’s Cracker serial To Say I Love You as one half of a murderous duo, alongside Andy Tiernan (Doctor Who: Night Terrors), being pursued by DCI Bilborough (Christopher Eccleston) and his team.

Susan Lynch as Alison Garrs, the mother of troubled Daryl Garrs (Robert Emms) in Happy Valley (c) Red Production Company/BBC
Susan Lynch as Alison Garrs, the mother of troubled Daryl Garrs (Robert Emms) in Happy Valley (c) Red Production Company/BBC

Susan Lynch is a multiple award winner who adds Doctor Who to a CV littered with outstanding performances

Between these she’s played a vampire alongside Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Kirsten Dunst in Interview with the Vampire. She’s also been Heather Graham’s doomed friend and fellow prostitute in Jack the Ripper thriller From Hell. More recently she portrayed the terrified mother with a secret, Alison Garrs, in the hit show Happy Valley. Meanwhile on the big screen, she was Wade’s Aunt Alice in Spielberg blockbuster Ready Player One.

Furthermore, Susan Lynch’s talent and dedication has also been rewarded by a shelf full of awards. Her eponymous lead role in Nora as the great woman behind writer James Joyce (Ewan McGregor), saw her win an IFTA (the Irish equivalent of a BAFTA) and Best Actress at the Cherbourg-Octeville Festival.  More Best Actress awards from prestigious academies and festivals followed. For Mapmaker, Beautiful Creatures (in which she and Rachel Weisz are out of their depth killers), and Any Time Now.  While additional awards as Best Supporting Actress came for Bodies, 16 Years of Alcohol and Bad Day for the Cut.

We’ve yet to see exactly how Lynch’s Angstrom will fit into the plot of The Ghost Monument or how large her role is. Based on the trailer it appears she’s a pilot who finds herself alongside Ryan and is amused by him being her “very funny little bonus.” And Lynch seems to be relishing the opportunity to play in the world of science fiction adventure rather than gritty real world drama. And it certainly looks like a fun ride is coming our way on Sunday.

Susan Lynch as Aunt Alice, alongside her nephew Wade (Tye Sheridan) and Rick (Ralph Ineson) in Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One (c) Amblin Entertainment
Susan Lynch as Aunt Alice, alongside her nephew Wade (Tye Sheridan) and Rick (Ralph Ineson) in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One (c) Amblin Entertainment

The adventure continues…

Doctor Who - Series 11 - Graham (BRADLEY WALSH), Ryan (TOSIN COLE), The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER), Yaz (MANDIP GILL) - (C) BBC / BBC Studios - Photographer: Henrik Knudsen
Doctor Who – Series 11 – Graham (BRADLEY WALSH), Ryan (TOSIN COLE), The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER), Yaz (MANDIP GILL) – (C) BBC / BBC Studios – Photographer: Henrik Knudsen

Doctor Who continues on BBC One at 6.55pm this Sunday with The Ghost Monument by Chris Chibnall. Series 11 stars Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), and Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair).

Still reeling from their first encounter, can the Doctor and her new friends stay alive long enough in a hostile alien environment to solve the mystery of Desolation? And just who are Angstrom and Epzo?

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