Nina in a nutshell: She met someone and had a kid, but it hasn't left her 'happy ever after'. She's Laura's work BFF - and the person who suggests that therapy might be a good idea for her.
We talked to Nina ahead of the new series, to see what she thinks about her character and the show.
HOW ABOUT YOU, NINA, HOW DID YOU GET THE JOB?
Kerry's is a really good story, and my story is a lot more normal! It was just a very normal route for me in terms of getting a script and auditioning and then waiting to hear. And then hearing! But I think Kerry's story says a lot about Sharon, doesn't it? Her imagination and what she can see in people, so that's lovely.
AND WHAT APPEALED TO YOU ABOUT THE SCRIPT?
I liked Katie's bluntness. I was really pleased to be thought of for the part, because a lot of the stuff that I had done before is not like her at all, and that's really nice. I mean, she's professional, like doctors, detectives, I've done those. But she's got a lot of stuff going on and that's fun. She also just speaks her mind as well, without actually revealing much about herself, oddly, which has been interesting. She's just an interesting character. And it was also just the fact that it was three female leads and that's fun. In a working environment, you don't get that very often. I don't get to work with actresses so closely usually because you're the only woman often. The only other one was Last Tango in Halifax, where the relationship with another female actress was just brilliant and unique. We don't get to do war films like boys do. They go and bond and spend all that time with each other, just as actors. So,this has been cool.
CAN YOU TELL ME A BIT ABOUT KATIE?
So, you meet Katie when she is about to make a really massive decision, which she completely backtracks on. And then you spend the rest of the series finding out why that occurs, I suppose. She was a bit of a free spirit, arty, photographer who settled down very early on, had a baby and then very quickly went, "Oh no, that was the wrong thing to do, because I don't actually love this person." For the sake of her little girl Ella, they divorced, and she's doing her best to be a good mum in a situation that she probably wouldn't have chosen, if she's brutally honest. So, she's trying just not to repeat patterns, but she is repeating them, because that's the nature of people, people do that. And does she need a man, want a man? Possibly not, but she still makes the same mistakes that we all make, even though she should probably know better.