“I started in London, as a kid. My mother knew I had sort of an inbred talent. She was an actress, so I inherited it from her. But I think I got a lot of it from my grandfather, who was a great politician.”
In another series “Spooks” for the BBC she plays MI5 counter terrorism section chief Ros Myers. Another ‘take no prisoners’ type of female lead that I love.
Mariska Hargitay as Det. Olivia Benson in “Law and Order SVU” (NBC)
In police sex crime divisions, officers last an average of two-three years before burnout. I really wouldn’t like to encounter some of the things she does but perhaps working with Christopher Meloni will make up for some of those.
Holly Hunter as Grace Hanadarko – “Saving Grace” (TNT)
This chain-smoking,, booze-guzzling, hard-bodied hussy sleeps with her married partner (and anything else in jockey shorts), drives recklessly and keeps company with a disheveled, tobacco-chewing angel named Earl. Might be fun for a short time.
Stana Katic is Detective Kate Beckett in Castle. Castle, who becomes interested in Beckett as a potential character for a new book series, uses his connections at the mayor’s office and receives permission to continue accompanying Beckett while investigating cases. Unlikely but amusing.
Then there is –
Poppy Montgomery as FBI agent Samantha Spade in ‘Without a Trace” that also includes Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Roselyn Sanchez.
Kathryn Morris as Lilly Rush in “Cold Case,” In this series Rush was originally the only female homicide detective in Philadelphia.
And “Law and Order’s” S. Epatha Merkerson and the women of the CSI franchise, powerful, well-written female protagonists have set the lady detective prototype on its ear.
But I couldn’t do a post on female detectives without mentioning Cagney and Lacey. Walking the beat long before these other Jane-come-latelys, acclaimed 1982 procedural “Cagney & Lacey” is considered America’s first serious drama starring two female leads.
Way back then I wanted to be Christine Cagney played by Sharon Gless. This series portrayed women in a totally different light and was so far away from the norm. I just loved it.
And so to answer my own question “Who Would I Like To Be?”. As Chris has already ‘bagged’ Jessica Fletcher I guess I should still quite like to be Cagney. But In real life I am happy with who I am.
“I find her becoming,
this woman I’ve wanted,
who knows she’ll encompass,
who knows she’s sufficient,
who knows where she’s going
and travels with passion.
Who remembers she’s precious,
but knows she’s not scarce –
who knows she is plenty,
plenty to share. “
from I am Becoming the Woman I”ve Wanted by Jayne Relaford Brown.
- The case of the unsatisfying female cops (independent.co.uk)
- ‘Burn Notice’ News Roundup: Sharon and Tyne Reunion ‘Good Stuff’ (buddytv.com)