Delphine Day has her own nightclub, her own finances and her own friends – is she an early incarnation of the “modern woman”?
She is. She’s divorced and she’s been married three times which even by today’s standard is quite racy. She’s a novelist – she writes erotic books and she has a nightclub, a very, very fashionable nightclub which is a bit anti-establishment. It’s not particularly refined – it’s more like The Box or something like that.
But she doesn’t have much money?
She’s managing a business and she’s got no man to support her. She’s good friends with Rose Selfridge which is hopefully a lucky relationship and she’s very forthright and very honest and she’s not demure – she’s quite direct.
She’s certainly got the best name…
I think so. Delphine Day. I might have to borrow that – my alter-ego.
So, does she use her sexuality to get her own way?
She does, but in a very direct manner – she’s not coy and nor is she propositioning people. From what I’ve been exposed to so far with her, I think she’s pretty cool.
We see Rose Selfridge become even more independent this series – is that all down to Delphine?
I wouldn’t say that’s all down to her but she’s certainly a part of that. I don’t really know much about Rose’s character but I imagine she’s had to spend a good portion of her life listening to Harry Selfridge and what he’s got to say so to be friends with another woman who doesn’t give a s**t about what a man would say must be quite exciting and novel.
Does Delphine clash with Harry?
I think he’s intrigued and nervous but they have a lot of common qualities. She’s a really good businesswoman and she’s running a big club in a time when not many women were doing that kind of thing so she’s obviously somebody to be reckoned with – she’s not someone to discount and he’s no fool.
You’re joining a huge ensemble cast – was there anyone on set who you were particularly excited to meet?
It’s always nice to work with another actress you admire like Frances [O’Connor] and to exchange stories because often as an actress it’s just you – you’re the only other woman and there’s just men so it’s rare that you get to be with a contemporary.