Rose West TV actress ‘upset over serial killer’s comments about her’

Monica Dolan, the actress who plays Rose West in a new ITV1 drama, was affected by comments Britain’s most prolific female serial killer made about her, her co-star Dominic West has revealed.

The Wire and The Hour star West, who plays notorious murderer Fred West in the controversial programme, Appropriate Adult, said it was difficult not to be tainted by the killers.

He told the Radio Times anyone associated with West’s “malignancy” was affected.

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“Even while we were shooting, Rose West – who is in jail – was quoted in a paper saying: ‘What’s that dopey actress doing playing me?’ and it really upset the actress (Monica Dolan) playing her.

“She was well aware how nasty Rose was, but it still had an influence. She’s so malignant.”

Actor West, 41, who has previously revealed he was plagued by nightmares about the serial killer while playing the role, said it was “grim” filming the part.

He defended the drama, which has been criticised by Anne Marie Davis, the daughter of the Gloucestershire murderer. West said it was important for these stories to be told, adding that “this stuff still goes on, on an enormous level”.