Girl with Uist links to appear in national TV drama

A six-year-old girl with Benbecula links stars in the new series of BBC One’s murder-mystery drama ‘Shetland’, which airs across the UK at 9pm on March 11th.

Freya Monk, whose grandparents are the late Donald John and Peggy Monk from ‘Ard-an-Eoin’, Creagorry, has been a regular visitor to the family croft.

A pupil at Loretto Junior School, Musselburgh, Freya will appear alongside Douglas Henshall who reprises his lead role as Detective Jimmy Perez for the six-part second series of the critically acclaimed drama.

Freya, who plays the character Kitty Collins, attended an audition for the part in Edinburgh where she was picked from hundreds of young hopefuls.

Last summer, she shot her scenes at a farm near Kilmacolm and, interrupting a two-week holiday on Benbecula, was flown to Shetland for a week of on-location filming.

Her Drama Teacher Mrs Nicola Coleman said: “Freya is a wonderfully natural actress, and very talented for her age, but she is also incredibly modest and does not show off about her achievements or abilities at all. She approaches everything with great enthusiasm, and I am delighted she has had this opportunity, even if I was slightly anxious, having read the book, about what role she had been cast in! I can’t wait to watch!”

Based on the novels by Ann Cleeves, this new series of Shetland focuses on three stories – Raven Black, Dead Water and Blue Lightning – told as three two-part episodes.