BBC’s The Serpent tells the story of serial killer Charles Sobhraj (played by Tahar Rahim) who killed backpackers in Thailand, Nepal and India during the 1970s with the help of Marie-Andrée Leclerc (Jenna Coleman). However, Doctor Who star Jenna has revealed she believes Marie-Andrée was more of an accomplice than a victim.
“I find her so fascinating,” Jenna began. “She has so much faith in love and is such a romantic that upon meeting Charles she kind of embroils herself in her own incorrect vision of what she thinks this environment is.
“She constructs her own false narrative and is so delusional.
“I think that’s the only way she can remain in the world, knowing underneath what terrible, despicable acts are really happening and she is helping him commit.
“Reading the real Marie-Andrée’s diaries, Charles to her is almost like a religion.
“Both her French-Canadian accent when speaking English, and then her French-Canadian accent when speaking French.
“To try and find that was really hard… but again we can hear her interviews so I could hear her real voice in press interviews and her tapes from prison.
“I was learning the French language from scratch, and I’m Northern and before this job I literally could not roll my Rs, so it’s been a vocal journey!”
In Sunday’s instalment, Charles befriends young French backpacker Dominique Renelleau (Fabien Frankel).