The Suspect's Aidan Turner conquered fear of heights for scene

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Photo credit: ITV

The Suspect star Aidan Turner was forced to conquer a particular fear during the filming of one scene.

Breaking out as a household name thanks to his leading role in Poldark, the Irishman plays Dr Joe O'Loughlin here, a clinical psychologist roped into investigating a local death while coming to terms with a degenerative condition.

So, when O'Loughlin is faced with saving someone from the edge of building, how did Turner feel on set?

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Photo credit: ITV

"It was quite involved to film. We had stunt guys on wires on the real building and we built a replica of a couple of the floors on a studio lot," he began.

"You're only up about 15 or 20 feet. But that was high enough for me. I'm not great with heights and it felt really high and breezy. There wasn't too much acting needed. I was working with an actor called Gabin Kongolo, who played Malcolm. He did a great job.

"Although it was totally safe with no danger involved, I remember thinking, 'I wouldn't want to fall from here. I don't see any crash mats. This isn't exactly fun.' Which was a good feeling in terms of filming the scene."

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

Turner further teased: "Visually it looks pretty impressive. Quite the introduction to Joe as a character. Somebody who would do something like this."

Meanwhile, when he wasn't plucking up the courage to complete this hair-raising sequence, the actor was busy consulting real-life Parkinson's disease patient Drew Hallam.

"We talked about the side effects of the medication, how he deals with the physical side of things. When it's better, when it's worse, under stress or duress. Every day is a different challenge, he said. With some better than others.

"To speak with somebody so open and truthful about his experience was very beneficial. I'm grateful to Drew for that," he reflected.

The Suspect premiered on August 29 at 9pm on ITV, and is available on ITV Hub.

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