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Actress Sharp calls for more TV dramas for female audiences

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Equal roles: Actress Lesley Sharp has become the latest figure to call for broadcasters to increase the number of roles for older women in an effort to better represent the television audience.

She told The Stage: “There is a large female audience for television drama, and I think that they would be very appreciative of a few more stories about women who really represent them. We could do with a few more dramas that are female-centric.”

An Equity petition calling on broadcasters to address the perceived imbalance of older men on screen compared with women has been signed by more than 7,000 respondents. However some performers, including actress Tara Fitzgerald, have questioned whether there is a shortage of roles available for mature actresses.

Sharp also told The Stage that she is looking forward to returning to television after a run of theatre work, including The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Ghosts and the Royal Court’s Ingredient X.

She said will soon be seen in a new BBC drama, Shadowline, and in the autumn will start recording a new series about police women for ITV1.

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