The Tourists Luci Miller star addresses confusion over accent Have a British twang

The Tourist: Official trailer from the BBC

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Outback thriller The Tourist, starring Jamie Dornan, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Darri Olafson and Danielle McDonald, has proven a hit amongst BBC viewers. The Man (played by Jamie Dornan) has nowhere else to turn, forcing the brutish lead to use nurse Helen (Danielle McDonald) as a way to stay alive. Not knowing who he is, the Man wakes up to find himself in an Australian hospital, suffering from amnesia after being caught up in a horrific car crash. Behind the scenes, Shalom, who plays Luci, spoke about her Aussie accent which needed the help of a dialect coach.

In an interview, Shalom spoke about her co-star, Helen, with whom she has since developed a close bond on set. 

Speaking with Grazia, she gushed: “We’re obsessed with each other.

“Danielle’s become like my sister. 

“We’re Australian and yet we both had to have a dialect coach because I have a British twang and she has an American twang because she’s lived abroad for so many years.”

The TV lead joked about the irony of a speech coach, considering both Shalom and Danielle are Australian. 

She laughed: “So the two Aussies who were cast in these Australian-speaking roles had to have dialect coaches.”

The 27-year-old actor has also featured as Private Maisie Richards in the BBC series Our Girl, Umm Khulthum in The State and Aoife in the Australian series Doctor Doctor.

The Luci Miller star also made an appearance in all seven episodes of Line of Duty series six as DC Chloe Bishop.

Remaining tight-lipped, Shalom was reluctant to let slip any future projects in the pipeline but did drop a hint at her next filming location. 

She confessed: “‘Let’s just say that I’m not going to be in the Australian outback next year – I’m going to be in the UK, and it’s something I’m really excited about.”

After her impressive stint on Line of Duty, Shalom did confirm it wasn’t the anti-corruption police drama she would be returning to. 

“I’d love that but it’s not,” she revealed.

Danielle, who plays Helen, also spoke about her off-screen friendship with Shalom. 

She said: “We didn’t get to spend enough time filming together,”

“We were so mad about it.”

The actor, who is perhaps best known as starring in Netflix’s Dumplin’ alongside Jennifer Aniston, also spoke to Express.co.uk and other media about her role in The Tourist. 

Danielle revealed: “Chris [the director] was really good at knowing what he liked.”

“It was really good because it was really helpful to understand the quirks that he liked and that was pretty early on.”

Director and producer, Chris Sweeney, has also worked on films such as Back to Life and Liar but surprisingly, movies aren’t what he is usually credited for.

The showrunner has worked with musicians mostly, creating music videos the likes of Lilly Allen, Cheryl, Jessie Ware and Sophie Ellis Bextor. 

The Tourist continues Sundays at 9pm on BBC One. The full boxset is available to stream on BBC iPlayer now.

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