Anna Friel loves her sexy blonde transformation for new undercover role in Marcella

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Marcella star Anna Friel has spilled details of the upcoming third series – which will see her go undercover as a golden haired heart-breaker to crack a case.

Famous sleuth Marcella Backland will disguise herself as the "incredibly sexual" Keira in a bid to put crooks behind bars.

And Keira couldn't be further from Marcella.

Gone are the parkas and knitted sweaters, ditched in favour of a sexy new blonde look.

"My favourite thing was being blonde," Anna shared, "because it just gave her a whole different feel and swagger.

"I wouldn't say Marcella is an incredibly sexual person and she doesn't sexualise herself — but Keira does."

Anna transforms her look for the new series

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And teasing what's to come, she added: "Keira uses her wiliness and her body.

"I don't think Marcella has ever been prepared to do that before. So she explores her sexuality, I think."

Explaining Marcella's transformation, she recalled: "The costumes from series one or two had to change. In the first two seasons we were talking about a woman who had just been left by her husband, who didn't feel particularly attractive.

Anna usually rocks brunette locks
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Anna goes undercover in the new series

"She wasn't about to walk into an office having very tight things showing off any cleavage or shape, in a fashion that perhaps men would like.

"But being Keira she realises that's a necessity and starts to enjoy a ­little bit more being in her own body and using that to her own advantage. She sees what a powerful tool that can be."

The third series, comprised of eight episodes, sees Met detective Marcella undercover as Keira in Belfast, tasked with infiltrating the sinister Maguire family.

She does it by catching the eye of one of the crime syndicate's top players, Finn – brought to life by Aaron McCusker, who shot to fame as Freddie Mercury's boyfriend in 2018 biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

Anna said she loved being a blonde for the series

The sex scenes between the two, while difficult, were made easier because Aaron was so "respectful."

"We got on so well and thank God we did, as we had quite a few intimate scenes," Anna remarked, "He was very respectful. We got it done quickly and didn't have to do lots of takes.

"There was an element of violence to it. We were just careful with each other that no one got hurt. The aim is to make things look believable."

*Marcella airs on Tuesday 26 January at 9pm on ITV.

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