So is there anything in The Cry series – an adaptation of 2013 novel of the same name by Helen FitzGerald – that required Coleman to dye her usual brown hair? Not really. She’s playing Joanna, a mother whose newborn baby is abducted from a small coastal town in Australia, a tragedy that overhauls her life and that of her husband Alistair (Ewen Leslie). This will be, according to the BBC, the “catalyst for a journey into the disintegrating psychology of a young woman, exposing the myths and truths of motherhood”.
So, overall, a very dark story indeed, but there’s nothing there indicating hair colour is integral to the plot. Perhaps her lighter colour could better represent Joanna’s sun-soaked time down under, but – unless there’s a major conspiracy – brunette Aussies definitely exist.
Nope, it looks like Coleman simply fancied a change in style. And we’re all here for it.