Her acting career has gathered speed since appearing alongside Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig in the movie, from featuring in Channel 4’s Skins to securing a regular role in ITV’s upcoming series of Endeavour.
But she clearly still has a soft spot for the stories, tweeting author Pullman to say that she “would so love to be a part” of the new BBC adaptation.
Pullman, to his credit, is open to the idea, saying on Twitter that it “would be nice” to see his original star involved again.
Make no mistake, Blue Richards is a true fan: in an interview in 2007, she revealed that she “fell in love” with Lyra when she read Northern Lights.
“I read the books and fell in love with Lyra,” she said, “and especially when I saw the play at the National Theatre. After that, I just thought if I could be any character in the world, I’d like to be Lyra.
“I really couldn’t believe it when I got the part from the open auditions – I’d never done any acting before! When Chris [Weitz, the director] called and told me, I did a Snoopy dance around the room.”
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