The Fall is still going strong on Netflix and the series stars Jamie Dornan as the Belfast Strangler Paul Spector. Gillian Anderson plays detective Stella Gibson, who becomes obsessed with the serial killer, who targets a specific type of woman. One of his victims, who manages to survive an attack is Annie Brawley, and fans are keen to find out more about who plays her.
Who is Annie Brawley in The Fall?
Annie Brawley was one of the only surviving victims of Spector as his plan to break into her home and kill her went wrong.
Spector had previously broken into her home to scout the place out, but the next time he returned to kill Annie, she had brought her brother home with her.
He managed to tie her up and carry her to the bed, but her brother Joseph (William Willoughby) tried to intervene and ended up getting himself killed by Spector.
Spector was forced to flee the home and Annie ended up in hospital, suffering from memory loss, and was unable to recognise Spector when he posed as her grievance counsellor.
He found a clever way to worm himself back in after he found out she had survived the attack, and it was not until later on in the series the detectives discovered he had been visiting her in hospital and they had to move her to a safe place.
Annie is played by Northern Irish actress Karen Hassan, 39, who is also known for her role as Lynsey Nolan in Hollyoaks.
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Her character Lynsey was the girlfriend of Kris Fisher (played by Gerard McCarthy), and she also starred in the spin-off series, Hollyoaks Later.
Her other TV credits include Casualty, Vikings, The Royals and Soft Border Patrol. She also starred in a number of films including Hunger, Last Man Hanging and Scapegoat.
The star’s latest role was in a TV documentary called Is This Sexual Harassment? which aired on the BBC and it explored a number of scenarios as part of a social experiment to determine what constitutes sexual harassment.
Fans have been trying to track down the star on social media and she has more than 10,000 followers on Instagram. Back in August 2020, she shared a poster for The Fall as it started airing on Netflix and Acorn TV.
She said: “Such an amazing opportunity to be a part of @TheFallTV Thanks to Alan [Cubitt] for writing me such fantastic scenes. Jamie and Gillian r incredible in this – on @netflix right now x a few pics of me playing Annie Brawley – hope y’all tune in [sic].”
Fans were quick to praise the actress for her role, with one saying: “This series was amazing, I’m watching again for probably the fifth or sixth time? It was taken off Netflix in the states last October so I purchased the digital copies. You were amazing as Annie!”
Another fan said: “Utterly captivated by this series. Magnificent performances by all. You were utterly convincing. Thanks for sharing this – May have to watch it again!”
Since leaving the series the star has been exploring new avenues, including learning special effects make-up, and she shared a gory video of herself achieving the effect of real blood.
In July 2020 she said: “Last year I took part in a special effects makeup course with the amazing @themakeup.dept in Belfast – it’s been so amazing learning new skills and training in a diff field in my industry.
“This is only one of a few courses I’ve since taken and I have to say it was really incredible. So much to learn. Pam is a fab teacher and lets u find the magic in the mistakes and play. One of my favourite things I’ve done.”
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She is also a passionate artist and has been sharing some of her sketches on social media, showing off her incredible drawing skills.
Fans are keen to find out more about her next project as they have been following her career since her compelling performance in The Fall.
They were shocked when Annie regained consciousness after her attack, and they were keen to see how she would react to seeing her attacker again.
One fan said on Twitter: “Omg I’m watching The Fall and Spector is gonna counsel Annie Brawley….oh no.”
BBC Northern Ireland shared a deleted scene from the series, which shows detective Gibson visiting Annie in hospital. In the scene, Gibson arrives at the hospital while Spector is elsewhere filling his car boot with some props.
Gibson asks for the name of Annie’s doctor, saying she would like to speak to him.
Back in March 2019, Hassan took part in an interview with Red Carpet News TV about season two, and working with Dornan.
She said: “In season one we had to do a pretty gruesome attack where he attacked me and left me for dead and series two then picks up with me coming out of a coma, and having to deal with a really horrific ordeal, and having lost my brother in the attack.
“It’s just about Gillian Anderson who plays the lead cop in it just trying to hunt him down, and him just sidestepping at every given possible outcome he can.”
She praised both the main stars, saying of Dornan: “He’s a wee dote, he’s absolutely lovely, he’s a real gentleman and a typical Irish bloke. Very personable, he’s just lovely.”
Speaking of X Files actress Anderson, she said: “It’s really special for me because I did grow up watching The X Files, and getting to act with an actress of that calibre just really makes you up your game.”
The Fall is on Netflix now