(Does she have a surname? Do I care? Yes, thanks to commenter Sue!)
While Laura Fraser is super duper – and she is, not least for having performed opposite Helen Baxendale in The Investigator (watch it, it’s excellent) – for me, her character Cat was summarily swept aside in episode two of Lip Service by Cat’s love interest, Heather Peace’s Sam. Lovely, lovely Heather Peace…
Okay, there are those who aren’t exactly happy with the programme’s (non-)representation of butch lesbians, and I agree that Sam isn’t a butch character (is that really what we’re supposed to think??) but I don’t care! That smile… Those shirts… That authoritative air… That waistcoat… Those arms… That voice… Those cheek- er, cheekbones!
Episode two developed Sam’s character beyond the comic relief of Cat’s cringe worthiness. And shouldn’t we be glad? Just look. What wondrousness. Here’s the actor’s her website. Here she is avec guitar and being patron of Manchester Pride. And here she is – let me sit down for this – as a firemanwoman no less! (She is there in that link, honestly. Hidden right in the middle.)
And to top it all, she’s actually gay in real life.
Heather Peace (and DS Sam), I salute you!
BBC’s Lip Service promo, including Sam’s introduction to the show:
BBC’s snippet where “Cat makes an effort to improve her flirting technique whilst on a date with Sam”: