Nina Stibbe is taking a page out of Stan Lee’s book. The celebrated author of Love, Nina has booked a small cameo role on the upcoming five-part BBC One adaptation, which premieres this coming Friday (May 20th) at 9:30pm.
“I had to walk at a precise speed, stop at certain points, make facial expressions and gestures – all at the same time. I now understand how hard acting is”, said Stibbe.
“I kept moving slightly too quickly or not looking the right way and after a while I could feel the cast willing me to get it right – so they could go home for their tea”, she added. “The director [SJ Clarkson] was quite hard on me – considering the last time I’d done any acting I had a tea towel on my head and only had to point to a star”
Love, Nina is described as “a culture clash comedy and a loving hymn to family” which tells the story of Nina, a 19 year-old girl, who leaves Leicester to work as a nanny in London in the 1980s. The book, which is a collection of letters Nina Stibbe sent to her sister while she was working as nanny in the 1980s, was published in 2013 and quickly became a best-seller.
Author Nick Hornby, whose notable works include About A Boy, adapted Love, Nina for the BBC in what is his television screenwriting debut. The series is being produced by See-Saw Films and stars Faye Marsay, Jason Watkins and Helena Bonham Carter. Iain Canning, Lucy Richer, Emile Sherman and Jamie Laurenson are executive producing; while Bates Motel and Dig helmer S.J. Clarkson is directing.