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'Silent Witness' star Liz Carr 'policed the show' to make sure disability portrayals weren't 'problematic'

Amy West
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Liz Carr as Clarissa Mullery in 'Silent Witness' (BBC)

Silent Witness star Liz Carr has revealed the efforts she went to on set to ensure the BBC crime drama delivered accurate – and most importantly, positive – portrayals of disabled people onscreen.

Appearing as a guest on Ouch podcast, the actor admitted that she would refuse to say certain lines during her time on the show if she thought they were “problematic”.

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“I think, over the eight years, I’ve kind of policed the show quite a lot and worked to make sure it was better,’ she explained. “I was asked recently if I was proud of what we achieved in terms of representation in Silent Witness – oh, my goodness, of course I am.”

Richard Lintern as Dr Thomas Chamberlain and Emilia Fox as Dr Nikki Alexander in 'Silent Witness' (BBC)

Carr appeared as forensic examiner Clarissa Mullery for the last time on Wednesday 5 February, in an explosive episode that saw her character say goodbye to solving suspicious incidents for good.

Fans were devastated by the news, taking to Twitter to share how much they’ll miss her and Clarissa’s colleague Dr Thomas Chamberlain (Richard Lintern) too, who choked to death after being exposed to a deadly nerve agent in the same broadcast.

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Quoting a line from her final outing when asked why she felt like now was the right time to leave the long-running series, Carr said: “It’s time for me to move on, to focus less on the dead and more on the living.”

During the same interview, she also revealed that she’s just finished filming upcoming Hollywood blockbuster Infinite, opposite Sophie Cookson, Toby Jones, Dylan O'Brien, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Mark Wahlberg.

Directed by The Equalizer’s Antoine Fuqua, the sci-fi sees Wahlberg’s character Evan Michaels discover that the hallucinations he’s been having are actually visions from a past life. It is expected to be released in UK cinemas on 7 August.