Interviewer: Digital Spy
Cast: Maimie McCoy
“I first got a call back in December 2012,” Maimie McCoy recalls of landing her role on BBC One’s Sunday night adventure series The Musketeers.
“I was working on Endeavour and having a lovely time being all sweet and 1960s and Milady landed on my desk and I just went, ‘F**k yes!’ – she was ferocious and fabulous.”
The ferocious and fabulous Milady – right hand and secret weapon of Peter Capaldi’s cunning Cardinal – has proven to be one of the show’s standout characters, thanks to a star-making turn from Yorkshire-born actress McCoy and her sizzling on-screen chemistry with Tom Burke’s moody Musketeer Athos.
“I love how it’s been eked out over the series,” she says of the simmering passion between the two characters. “They’re both creatures who were destroyed by that relationship – it’s left this gaping wound – but there’s still this wonderful tension between them.”
Fans of The Musketeers have certainly responded to the Athos/Milady dynamic, sending McCoy artwork and even her own music video montage.
“I was desperate for a video,” she laughs. “Because Tamla [Kari] and Luke [Pasqualino, who play Constance and d’Artagnan] are obviously the cute lovey-dovey ones – they got loads and I was really jealous!”
The other man in Milady’s life is, of course, her Cardinal, and with Peter Capaldi set to exit The Musketeersdue to his Doctor Who commitments, McCoy promises their relationship will grow ever more “volatile” in the actor’s final episodes.
So volatile, in fact, that a scene shot for the opening of the first series finale saw an over-enthusiastic Capaldi do himself an injury – “He came running down a corridor with cape flying and fabric flowing and grabbed me,” McCoy explains.
“Then they called cut, he turned around and his thumb had completely dislocated – he’d quite instinctively just slipped it back in – and then the colour went from his face.
‘We had to sit him down, get him some chocolate and take him to hospital. I was like, ‘Oh f**k, I’ve killed the Doctor!’ but he was fine…”
A new series of The Musketeers – absent Capaldi – will start shooting on April 7 but there’s still plenty more to come in the final three episodes of the current run, with Milady and her men continuing to stir up excitement and drama in 1630s Paris.
“In episode ten, a really fabulous, colourful and very volatile character from my past returns, played by Sean Pertwee,” McCoy teases. “He’s a figure that I was not expecting to see again and he comes into the mix.
“Milady always takes out insurance – she’s never banking on one thing to work – so there’s various characters you will see along the way…” she stops herself, wary of spoilers. “Ohhh, I so want to tell you things but I can’t!”