Broadchurch’s Jodie Whittaker: we were emotional wrecks on set but David Tennant held it together

The star of the ITV drama tells about working alongside the Doctor Who star and her new film Get Santa


Broadchurch brought us a lot of tears. The emotional whodunit – which captivated British TV audiences back in 2013 – starred Olivia Colman and David Tennant and delved deep into the turmoil of the Latimer family following the murder of their young teenager, Danny.


Jodie Whittaker, who played Danny’s mother Beth, admits that the tears didn’t just flow on screen but off, too. “Any time Andy Buchan (who played her on-screen husband Mark) or Olivia got upset, I was a mess,” she tells “I was a mess on set, never mind watching it, but then watching it and obviously hearing the music by Ólafur Arnalds just broke me every time. I can’t make eye contact with those two without crying so watching it on screen nearly broke me.”

But there was one person on set who held it together… David Tennant. 

“David’s just extraordinary leading it but he was a much stronger character than all of us – the rest of us were always like, ‘oh god, we’re crying’. Tennant had to hold it together – he was the grown up of the story line. The rest of us were just emotional wrecks.”

Whittaker also revealed she’ll have to wait with everyone else to see the first episode of series two. “We’re not allowed to see it so I’m quite intrigued – there’s been no cast and crew [screening]. It’s not to do with secrecy – it’s just to do with timing. We only shot it in October so I’m sure some of the episodes are still being edited.”

The actress, 32, will next be seen in Get Santa – released in cinemas today (Friday 5th December) – alongside Jim Broadbent, Rafe Spall and Warwick Davis. “I can wholeheartedly say it’s absolutely f**king brilliant,” she tells us. “It’s one of those great British films that has so much humour but it’s for everyone to sit and watch. 

“To be in a position where you’re hanging out with Jim Broadbent as Santa, you’re not going to turn down that. He’s absolutely brilliant. When you’re on set with reindeer, you couldn’t ask for a more magical job.”


Get Santa is out in UK cinemas now. Watch the trailer below…