Welcome back Max and Oskar! After the great success of series one we are so looking forward to returning to the opulent, entertaining, and endlessly fascinating world of Vienna Blood.

Sue Deeks, BBC Head of Programme Acquisition

Starring Matthew Beard (Dracula, The Imitation Game, And When Did You Last See Your Father?) and Juergen Maurer (Vorstadtweiber, Tatort), Vienna Blood is set in 1900s Vienna – a hot bed of philosophy, science and art, where a clash of cultures and ideas play out in the city’s grand cafes and opera houses.

A brilliant young English doctor, Max Liebermann (Matthew Beard), and Detective Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt (Juergen Maurer) investigate a series of unusual and disturbing murders. Max’s extraordinary skills of perception and psychology and Oskar’s forceful tenacity lead them to solve some of Vienna’s most mysterious and deadly cases.

The series, filmed in English and on location in Vienna, also stars Conleth Hill (Dublin Murders, Game Of Thrones), Charlene McKenna (Bloodlands, Peaky Blinders), Amelia Bullmore (Traces, Gentleman Jack), Lucy Griffiths (True Blood, Preacher) and Luise von Finckh (Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten). Vienna Blood is produced by Endor Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company and MR Film (Austria).

Sue Deeks, BBC Head of Programme Acquisition, says: “Welcome back Max and Oskar! After the great success of series one we are so looking forward to returning to the opulent, entertaining, and endlessly fascinating world of Vienna Blood.”

Hilary Bevan Jones, Managing Director of Endor Productions, comments: “To have had the pleasure of filming in the magical city of Vienna for a second series was such a treat, a real feast for the eyes, not only for us as programme makers but – we hope – for our viewers too.

“We have three more compelling stories written by the incredible Steve Thompson and once again inspired by the world Frank Tallis created in his Liebermann novels. With Matthew Beard and Juergen Maurer heading our fantastic international cast and Robert Dornhelm weaving his directorial vision we have been spoiled. We look forward to revisiting the love and warmth of the Liebermann family and new adventures with our duo Max and Oskar.”

Rodrigo Herrera Ibarguengoytia, Senior Acquisitions & Co-Productions Manager at Red Arrow Studios International, adds: “We are delighted that Vienna Blood is returning to the BBC. The series has been licensed across every continent and we are thrilled with how it has captivated audiences around the world. Endor Productions, MR Film and the entire creative team have delivered an exceptional second season and we are excited to be bringing these gripping new stories to our broadcast clients and the show’s growing fan base.”

Oliver Auspitz and Andreas Kamm, co-managing directors of MR Film, say: “The thrilling journey of Max Liebermann and Oscar Reinhardt is ready to continue. In three fantastic new episodes we will watch Max getting more and more involved in his love life alongside his strong friendship with Oscar, who is finally ready to be confronted with his past.”

Red Arrow Studios International have led the co-financing of the series and are the international distributors. Germany’s ZDF and Austria’s ORF are co-production partners and will premiere the show in their respective territories. Other funding partners include Televisionfund Austria, TV-Filmfund Vienna and Niederoesterreich Kultur.

Vienna Blood (3 x 90”) is directed by Academy Award and Emmy nominee Robert Dornhelm (Anne Frank: The Whole Story). The producers are Hilary Bevan Jones and Jez Swimer for Endor Productions and Andreas Kamm and Oliver Auspitz for MR Film. Executive Producers are Steve Thompson, Klaus Lintschinger (ORF), Wolfgang Feindt (ZDF) and Carlo Dusi and Rodrigo Herrera Ibarguengoytia  (Red Arrow Studios International).

Character Profiles

Max Liebermann, Training Neurologist – Matthew Beard

“Traumatic memories are pathogenic – they create disease. They don’t vanish, they remain an invisible force, affecting our behaviour.”

Max (20s) lean, attractive, is a middle-class English Jew who moved to Austria in his teens. As a junior doctor Max fell under the spell of the new science of the day and studied neurology. Fixated by the idea of analysing psychopaths at close hand, Max convinced the Viennese police to let him observe their work, and paired up with Oskar Rheinhardt.

When we first met him, Max was on the path to marry vivacious Clara, but meeting Amelia Lydgate changed all that. Max’s attraction to the dark side of the human brain impacts both on his interest in Vienna’s criminals and his relationships. The deeper Max journeys into other people’s madness, the less he’ll know himself.

Oskar Rheinhardt, Police Inspector – Juergen Maurer

“I’ve got a suspect in custody downstairs with blood sprayed around his damned apartment! We know he was on the scene. Why are you so keen to let him go?”

Oskar Rheinhardt (40s) is a half-Slovak Police Inspector with something to prove to his superiors. Oskar is more a doer than a thinker and has a strong physical presence. Despite being occasionally irritated by Max’s discursive approach to crime solving, Oskar is savvy enough to know that Max’s intuitions will help his career prospects.

In series one Oskar was estranged from his wife Else, and Oskar’s family troubles weighed heavily on his mind. Oskar now seems better able to put the past where he’d like to keep it: more firmly behind him.

Mendel Liebermann, Max’s father – Conleth Hill

“Talking cures and hysterics – exploring the darkness of men’s souls. Are you really sure what you’re getting into, Max? Is it really the career for a gentleman?”

Max’s father, Mendel, brought his family to Vienna at the end of the 19th century, attracted by a burgeoning city with a large Jewish population and vast business potential.

Mendel and his wife Rachel, have two children. Though Mendel may once have hoped that his son Max would enter the family business and that there’d be a ‘Liebermann and Son’ sign above his drapery emporium, he’s long got over Max’s disinterest in commercial matters. Despite setting his son up in private practice, Mendel is unnerved by Max’s chosen field of neurology and most keen to see Max settle down and marry.

Leah Liebermann, Max’s older sister – Charlene McKenna

“You’re deceiving her. And you’re deceiving yourself. Is there a name for that in your fancy science books?”

Leah is Max’s older sister. When Leah’s husband died she was left to bring up her son alone. But with her son away at boarding school, Leah has plenty of time to devote to her parents and friends.

Fiery and defensive, Leah is particularly protective of her close friend Clara. Leah has a tendency to deliver criticisms of Max’s behaviour with lashings of sarcasm.

Rachel Liebermann, Max’s mother – Amelia Bullmore

“We have everything we need. And we’re strong as a family. We don’t need anyone.”

Rachel is Mendel’s wife and Max’s mother. She lives for her family and little distracts her from her children. The Liebermanns live well, they have a lavish home and regularly attend the cultural highlights that Vienna has to offer.

Rachel is proud of her son, but finds his work with the police distasteful. She expects Max to marry soon – but more than anything it’s important that he marries a respectable woman.

Clara Weiss (Max’s ex-fiancée) – Luise von Finckh

“If I begged you to cure me, Doctor, would you find that alluring? Do you want to play that game?”

Clara is engaging, vibrant and sociable. Her parents were great friends of the Liebermanns, so both families were delighted when Max and Clara started going out together. Clara is more interested in people than ideas, and enjoys Vienna’s bustling social scene. Max’s preference for abstruse research and his attraction to the darker side of human nature took him away from Clara. The gap between them and Max’s interest in Amelia Lydgate created a gulf, and Clara broke off their engagement.

Clara’s father has passed away and she lives with her mother. A new love interest has emerged in her life in Series Two.

Amelia Lydgate, Scientist – Lucy Griffiths

“I came to Vienna to study science. I was told this city was more enlightened. I see little evidence in the way I’ve been treated here. I ask you plainly – do you think I’m insane?”

Amelia is an English scientist who came to Vienna to further her career. She works at the Natural History Museum, where she restores archaeological finds.

Amelia has a dark and intense presence. There are traumatic experiences in her past. Though Amelia can be passive and cool she has a lively intelligence and a quick wit. Amelia is undoubtedly interested in Max, but whether she’s prepared to risk entering a relationship with him is another matter.

Cast Interviews

Matthew Beard (Max Liebermann)

Max Liebermann (Matthew Beard)
Max Liebermann (Matthew Beard)

Where do we find Max in season two?

Having just set up his own private practice, we find Max experimenting with Freud’s new talking cure and various psychoanalytic techniques. But he’s also still at the hospital, where he works with patients, more interested in the mind than the body. And he still has a relationship with Oskar that he carries through from the first season.

How is Max and Oskar’s relationship this season?

As we leave Max and Oskar in the first season Max asks what the next case will be – so Max is hoping that he’ll still be able to be involved in criminal investigations. He then goes off to form his own private practice and starts seeing patients. But I think is quite relieved when Oskar appears and asks for some help because he secretly misses the thrill of the crime scenes.

In the first season Max is very much a burden to Oskar – in the early episodes he has to look after this guy who keeps talking about the mind and psychology and Freud. In the second season their relationship has matured, and Oskar comes to Max to ask for help.

How did you prepare for the role this time?

Preparation for the role was strange on this one because I’ve never really revisited a character before, and there’s obviously a slight worry that you won’t find him again. But I find Vienna is the key; as soon as I got out there – after about a week in preproduction – Max sort of just came back. Meeting the crew and actors again and putting the costume on (crucially getting in these high collars which immediately affect your posture and make you sit differently) made a difference too. It’s all these little things that really bring the character back.

How was filming during Covid?

Filming during Covid is very strange, much like existing in the world during Covid. It’s very bizarre not being able to see people’s mouths when they’re talking. Remembering names is a little bit harder and meeting lots of new people but only seeing them above the nose is tricky. But you sort of forget about it after a little while and get used to it. It is still a big relief when we get to take our masks off at the end of the day and breathe some fresh air in the outside world.

What’s special about Vienna Blood?

This period, these few years that we set the show in, are so interesting and the backdrop to our stories are so cinematic I think it makes for good TV. But I also think the central relationship of Max and Oskar, that double act, is a template old as time, and will forever be used because it’s entertaining (I hope!) I think the films are a good diversion from all the horrible stuff in the world. It’s a nice bit of escapism.

Are you drawn to period drama?

I think there is something in me that enjoys the sort of academic side of acting: researching things, reading about people and places. I’m very nosy, so it’s fun for me to dive into a period and find out all about it. This period in particular is so fun to research and to read about. Once I got to Vienna, to actually go to the galleries and see the art was great. Yes, I think there’s something in me drawn to the past.

What’s your on-screen family like?

My on-screen family are lovely both on and off-screen. I knew of Conleth a bit through mutual friends before we filmed and it was so fun getting to know and work with him. Amelia I’ve always admired as an actress and it was so great to have her as my mum. Charlene was just the bonus cherry on top, and she’s a giggle too. I think we make a really good unit.

For me, I’m working predominantly with Austrian actors and that’s been an incredible experience. I’ve been so astounded by their abilities in a second language. I usually have a week where I film all the family stuff together, and the English and Irish actors fly over and it feels almost like a separate show when you’re making it. It’s such a lovely experience hanging out with them as well and seeing Vienna through their eyes.

Would you have made a good psychologist?

I’m not sure if I would make a good psychologist. I’m quite nosy so I certainly would ask a lot of questions, but I’m not sure I’d have many answers. Possibly not the best therapist, no. But I was very interested in that, pre-Vienna Blood. I did English Literature at university and a lot of my essays were using psychoanalysis with literature. And before that I did psychology A-level so there has always been something interested in that inside me. But whether I would be any good… I don’t know, probably not!

Juergen Maurer (Oskar Rheinhardt)

Oskar Rheinhardt (Juergen Maurer)
Oskar Rheinhardt (Juergen Maurer)

Who is Oskar Rheinhardt?

I would say he’s a simple man with a very high attitude, trying to make a living in this very complicated time.

How good is Oskar at his job?

He’s more of a loner, living alone, trying to do his job as good as he can and I think he’s quite successful in his job because he has the natural attitude of a hunter.

What’s so special about Vienna Blood?

That’s at the same time easy and hard to answer. It has everything good entertainment should have. It has brilliant texts. Steve Thompson is an amazing writer. It has the vision of the old Vienna, which is overwhelming I think. And it has crime and a comic relief also. I think it’s entertainment in the best meaning of the word.

How does Oskar feel about Max?

What makes the relationship so special is that they come from really opposite ends of the personality spectrum. Oskar is not an intellectual kind of man. I think he likes Max a lot and often he simply doesn’t understand him. But he understands that the things that Max tells him about psychology make great sense for his job, for his success in hunting down criminals.

Is 1907 an interesting period for you?

Personally, I’m very interested in art. I studied at the Viennese Academy of Fine Arts. I was more of a painter before I became an actor. Specifically the time of change between centuries is probably the most interesting time, because the Fine Arts got stuck in classicism and manneristic repetition. And it was the time for revolution not only in science, like psychology, but also in fine arts and music. And Vienna was a hotspot for this development.

Do you enjoy working with Matthew Beard?

We have a certain kind of chemistry and it’s really great. Everything we do in dialogue together is brilliant. As we proceed with our relationship as actors it gets more and more detailed, and with the routine comes lots of fun also. The Max and Oskar scenes are my favourites!

Would you have made a good detective?

You would not want to have me as a policeman! No. I think you have to be very precise, you have to be very careful and you must not be sloppy in any way because you will miss something – and that would make it just impossible for me to be a policeman because I lose everything. I think I would lose every clue, every trace.

Conleth Hill (Mendel Liebermann)

Mendel Liebermann (Conleth Hill ), Max Liebermann (Matthew Beard)
Mendel Liebermann (Conleth Hill ), Max Liebermann (Matthew Beard)

Who is Mendel Liebermann?

Mendel Lieberman is the head of a Jewish household who moved from London to Vienna with his family. He loves Vienna, but is all too aware of the reputation, the family name and society’s judgement on people. His son’s choice to be a psychoanalyst rather than be part of the family business causes him some turmoil.

Where do we find Mendel in series two?

We are just getting over the scandal of my son getting into trouble in his hospital for treating a patient outside the hospital rules, but apart from that we are doing okay business wise. Max’s engagement has just been broken off to Clara, who was an old family friend, so there are things to be mended by Mendel!

Do you have anything in common with Mendel?

Love of family, I think… our age and sex and that’s about it. I’m Catholic, he’s Jewish. But I think the Jewish church is the mother church.

What are the Liebermanns like?

I couldn’t love them more. I’d be proud to have Charlene McKenna or Matthew Beard as my children and equally proud to have Amelia Bullmore as my wife. From day one we all had a great chemistry together and we just love those scenes, particularly when it’s the four of us.

How would you describe Vienna Blood?

This show is an amazing study of the first criminal profiling – practices that we take for granted now would have just been discovered. Freud is still my son’s teacher in the films, so it’s early in the life of criminology and criminal profiling. I also think there’s an amazing chemistry between Juergen and Mathew, who play Oskar and Max, and so I love watching it as well as being in it. Binge watch the whole six films when you get a chance!

Charlene McKenna (Leah Liebermann)

Charlene McKenna (Leah Liebermann)
Charlene McKenna (Leah Liebermann)

What’s your on-screen family like?

My on-screen family consists of Conleth Hill, who plays my papa; Amelia Bullmore plays mamma and Matthew Beard plays the ‘one and only’ Max Liebermann.

As a family there’s a lot of devilment in the cast, but I would also say there’s a lot of twinkle in the family. On screen they are very upper class. They are a Jewish family who moved over to Vienna. Max is a doctor. I’m his older sister. We have a fabric company. We’re quite high society. Appearances matter. I love Leah’s relationship with Max because she provokes him but she enjoys provoking him because he goes against the grain. He really rubs mamma up the wrong way and Leah enjoys that a little bit. They love each other and I think they’re a great family. As a cast we love each other and we are a great little acting family. There’s a lot of laughter, goodwill and good humour. It’s a lovely family on and off screen.

What traits do you share with Leah?

I guess – and I hope I’m not speaking too highly of myself here – her dry sense of humour. Leah is quite wry, fiery and witty… now I’m talking about Leah it sounds like I’m giving myself loads of compliments!

What did you do to prepare for the role?

The production gifted us being able to shoot in Vienna, so every single thing you needed was on your doorstep. It’s amazing to be able to go and see all of the architecture they would have been able to see – the art, the Beethoven Frieze is there, the Mak has all the bakelite stuff that was very à la mode. Just to be able to walk around Vienna and completely submerge yourself in these cultural elements and see first-hand what they would’ve been looking at is a complete gift.

What was it like filming during the pandemic?

Vienna Blood was my first production during the pandemic. The production team and cast were already into it by the time I got there. It felt like a well-oiled machine for something that was a very new experience for all of us. I’ve nothing to compare it to but it felt like the very best experience you could have during a bad experience, if that makes sense. It was so well handled. The Covid team was great and the producers were all great so you didn’t feel unsafe. I felt very safe and taken care of.

If you weren’t an actor, would you be better at police work or psychoanalysis?

It’s hard. My husband always says that I would make a great lawyer because of how I argue. But that’s not quite a policeman. I think I would go for ‘psychoanalyst’ because in real life I am obsessed with all things psychotherapy.

Amelia Bullmore (Rachel Liebermann)  

Rachel Liebermann (Amelia Bullmore)
Rachel Liebermann (Amelia Bullmore)

What are the Liebermann family like?

The real Liebermanns and the people playing the Liebermanns are actually quite a different bunch. The Liebermanns are very traditional, conservative and bourgeoise – apart from Max who is pushing the envelope, questioning all kinds of things. But the people who play the Liebermanns are not particularly formal or conservative or bourgeois. The real Liebermanns are an English, Jewish family who’ve gone to Vienna. The actors playing the Liebermanns are actually two Irish people – Charlene who plays Leah, and Conleth who plays Mendel. And then me, I’m a bit bourgeois. And there’s Matt who is from the north of England. We are not how we appear.

What’s Rachel Liebermann like?

Rachel Liebermann is a very devoted mother. I think the domestic realm is her thing, not surprisingly given the time she lived in. The Liebermanns run a textile emporium that is doing pretty well, so she’s all about the drapes. In this series, her main preoccupation is getting new curtains up in Max’s offices. The Liebermanns have chucked some money at it and set him up in his private psychoanalytical business with these rather deluxe offices. And Rachel, as every good mother should, has sorted out the curtains!

How do the Liebermanns fit into Viennese society?

Rachel really cares about reputation and she cares about their social standing, which Mendel does as well. It’s a very big deal for them to be accepted by Viennese society – the whole of society. And, of course, they have an important Jewish identity and go to worship at synagogue, but they really want to fit in.

How is Rachel’s relationship with her son Max?

She adores Max, and even though he gives her problems, basically she’ll go with it if it’s Max, because she’s got a massive soft spot for him. Max is up to things that she doesn’t really approve of but I think she’s fascinated and maybe even a little bit proud of his unusualness: it’s part of his intelligence.

How did you prepare for the role? 

I watched a great documentary about Vienna set exactly at the time the Liebermann films are set. It was amazing to see the collision of architecture, art, ideas, social change, political change, change in thinking and that’s what the Liebermanns are perched on. The older Liebermans are just trying to keep everything just as it is, and Max is following the scent of that change and is interested in it. It’s an amazing time to set a story.

Do you share any character traits with Rachel?

Well, I love clothes. Rachel loves clothes and it’s been really good fun wearing her clothes, some of which are original and that’s quite something. Every mother would say this but I think I’m mad about my children. Although Liebermann dinners have an apparent formality they eat together, talk together, bicker together – and I certainly identify with that. We certainly do that in my house!

What do Rachel’s clothes say about her world?

The clothes that Rachel Lieberman wears, because of her social class, are clothes you need help to get into. You couldn’t corset yourself or button yourself up so it’s a whole window into that kind of life; a life with servants and that hierarchical structure.

How was filming during Covid?

Filming in 2020 in Vienna in Covid times was an incredible treat. Because we had the luxury of having filmed the series before so we knew each other, we knew the place and most of the crew were the same. I think everybody had this feeling of joy at being back at work. For most people it was the first work they had done since they got locked down or since the virus began and it was fantastic – people like to work.

I remember, halfway through lockdown, I needed to fix something and I needed some gaffer tape and I was ripping the gaffer tape and I thought, the rip of gaffer tape – filming, I want to be filming! Because when you’re filming, somebody, somewhere is ripping off a piece of gaffer tape and you just realise how much you love it. How much you are used to it – all the sounds and sights. It is different because filming is a funny combination of being really organised and really social at the same time. It’s very efficient, it all gets done, but in between there is always a moment for a chat or a joke or something and that’s different when people are masked. It just is. But it was a very, very good experience.

Would you like to have lived in 1907 Vienna?

That’s an interesting question, because Rachel, Mendel and Leah Liebermann are slightly pretending that something dark and difficult isn’t coming, which is this rising wave of anti-semitism. But it is. Max is the one in the family who says, “Look, look this is coming and you need to pay attention to it”.

Knowing what I know now about that time it would be hard to wish to be a Jewish person living in Vienna then. But having said that, if I didn’t know that, I think the beauty and buzz of Vienna, particularly if you were fortunate enough to live comfortably like the Liebermanns, I think it probably would have been a very good life. And Rachel is happy. She lives in a conventional time but she loves her husband so she’s not trapped by convention in something rotten that you easily could be as a woman in 1907. I think ‘actual Rachel’ has a pretty good deck of cards.

Would you have made a good psychoanalyst?

If I was a psychotherapist in general, rather than specifically a Freudian psychoanalyst, I’d probably be okay. I’d have to learn not to chip in, not to finish people’s sentences; and I’d have to learn not to want to be liked by my clients; to learn to not want to bond, to keep that distance. And I think I would find that a bit tricky. You’re not supposed to go anywhere personal. You’re not supposed to say ‘oh, I like your shoes’ or ‘I’ve got one of those’ or ‘my dog did something funny the other day’ and I think I would find that really hard!

Luise Von Finckh (Clara Weiss)

Max Liebermann (Matthew Beard) Clara Weiss (Luise von Finckh)
Max Liebermann (Matthew Beard) Clara Weiss (Luise von Finckh)

How would you describe Clara?

I would say Clara has quite a long development across the two seasons. From this young girl who is looking for something that makes her happy and she is not so sure what it is she needs – is it marriage? Is it Max? Either way, she becomes a woman in the first season – she becomes more grown up. I think what really makes her character in the show is the woman who tries to be somebody and is not so sure who she is.

Where do we find Clara at the start of season two?

Max broke off the engagement with Clara in season one and everything became such a big mess in the second film when she tried to help him (in the end there was a guy that nearly raped her). Clara really had to rethink how she wants to be and wants to live. She took the decision to live a safer life and take another man who actually, really loves her and gives her the security and wealth she needs. Clara already talked about Mr Korngold in the first season, but at that point she thought Max was the right one. Now she goes for security and takes Korngold.

Ultimately what is Clara looking for?

In the long term Clara is actually looking for love and somebody that takes her seriously as a human being.

How much of yourself do you bring to Clara?

Actors, in general, always put a lot of themselves into the parts they play, so Clara has a lot of me. My whole interpretation of how she behaves in a world where women didn’t have as many rights as they do now, is something that comes from me, Luise. That is also what really makes her character so flirty and fun – because she never behaves like a woman during that time. Clara didn’t grow up with a father; he died very early and she was with her mum. So she never had somebody to give her boundaries, and as a result, she is somehow always a bit ‘too much’ for a woman of that time. I think that’s something I would also do, or how I am also sometimes – I’m a bit too much!

How would you describe Vienna Blood?

Vienna Blood is a really nice escape from reality into a world of history and beauty. There’s so much feeling in everything. It’s a great drama to disappear into.

How was filming during Covid?

Shooting in Covid makes filming even more unpredictable than it is in normal situations. It’s always an unpredictable job for us because schedules change, scenes change, days are longer or shorter than expected or in some cases, your scene won’t happen at all. But then this time around there were moments when I flew from Berlin to Vienna and got a call during the night saying, “we’re not shooting tomorrow, you can fly back to Berlin”. That was kind of crazy but it made it extra special. Everyone working behind masks, is not the best thing because you don’t really get to know the people – that’s a bit sad – but we have to make the best of it.”

What’s in store for Clara’s future?

I hope there’s a lot more love to come with Max and Clara in the next season!

Lucy Griffiths (Amelia Lydgate) 

Max Liebermann (Matthew Beard), Amelia Lydgate (Lucy Griffiths)
Max Liebermann (Matthew Beard), Amelia Lydgate (Lucy Griffiths)

Who is Amelia Lydgate?

Amelia is a forensic scientist who has moved from London to Vienna to pursue her work because she thinks it will be an environment that’s a bit more conducive to her progressing. Amelia assists Max and Oskar with their detective-ing!

How has Amelia’s situation developed since season one?

In season one, Amelia was a patient of Max’s and she’s since recovered. She is stable and healthy, working well and kind of on her own in Vienna. But she doesn’t mind.

How was taking over the role from Jessica De Gouw?

It was good because I had someone else’s work to refer to, and used it to inform what I was doing which I liked. Jess played Amelia as quite a reserved character. She held her cards close to her chest. At the same time she was quite independent and confident.

Amelia held ‘her own’ in season one and I think that’s a good way to play this character. So I could just take Jess’ lead and keep on with a similar vibe.

How would you describe Vienna Blood?

It’s very dark. That said, there’s a levity to the show which I don’t think necessarily matches the subject matter all the time, which means it’s just enjoyable to watch because it’s not constant murder.

Don’t forget to check out the production interviews and episode breakdown in December’s issue of Nights Entertainment Magazine! Click here to pre-order