Stefanie Martini: What you need to know about the actress playing Jane Tennison

Prime Suspect 1973 aired earlier this month and got some people wondering who is the actress behind Detective Jane Tennison, filling Helen Mirren's shoes? Let us introduce you to Stefanie Martini:

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Here's everything you need to know about her...

She is taking on a far-famed role

Stefanie has some big, *BIG*, shoes to fill. Academy Award Winner Helen Mirren, played the detective from 1991 to 2006, the show was a hit and fast-tracked Helen's career to Hollywood. In 2015, ITV announced the prequel was being eyed for production in 2017, and someone would have to do Helen justice.

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And Stefanie is not afraid of it!

During a recent interview, Stefanie said: “I see it as an opportunity. If that character wasn’t there, I wouldn’t have this job. It’s interesting, challenging and exciting, but there is a lot of pressure. I’ve always admired Helen. But I just had to learn what I could from her work, then leave it alone and do my own thing – otherwise it would have been like doing an impression".

Her character is super empowering

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In case you weren't around to witness the greatness of Jane Tennison in the original ITV series, tune in to Prime Suspect 1973. Helen's character first defied outdated stereotypes, playing a female Detective Chief Inspector in Greater London's Metropolitan Police Service. Stefanie stars as a young Jane Tennison, that at only 22 years old investigates her first murder case, while working as an WPC officer and confronting the institutionalised sexism in her workplace. Although in real life...

She sure loves her colleagues

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Cute cast alert!

Stefanie is starring alongside Blake Harrison, Sam Reid, Alun Armstrong, Daniel Ezra and Jessica Gunning. These bunch are ones to watch!

We're liking her style

Boho chic + natural makeup? Always a winner.

Here's where you might have seen her before

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Stefanie also played Queen Langwidere, known as Lady Ev the ruler of Kingdom of Ev, in the NBC series Emerald City. And Mary, the niece of Doctor Thorne in the ITV drama of the same name.

Prime Suspect 1973 it's on every Thursday, 9pm, on ITV.

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