Murder in Suburbia Interview (2004)

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JEREMY SHEFFIELD is Detective Chief Inspector Sullivan

Jeremy Sheffield faced a tough challenge playing the enigmatic and reserved DCI Sullivan – keeping quiet.

“This is an emotionally reserved man of few words which was really hard for me because I tend not to think much before I speak – and I speak a lot!” laughs Jeremy.

“It was certainly a challenge. I tried to be less animated and less open than I am naturally so it was hard work.

“I had come from playing surgeon Alex Adams in Holby City, who has an emotionally explosive temperament, to playing someone completely in control.” 

And the mystery surrounding DCI Sullivan at Middleford CID is what draws partners DI Kate Ashurst and DS Emma Scribbins to him.

Jeremy explains: “Sullivan is a man we know little about and this is part of his attraction. He is their boss so there is a game being played with both the women and a very subtle flirtation. I think he is aware they are both attracted to him but Sullivan is a very private man and we don’t know if he is married, has a girlfriend, even a boyfriend or indeed if he is even interested in having a relationship at all.

“But his reserved nature is an adaptive quality and it allows Ash and Scribbs to project onto him their own fantasies.”

He continues: “I think he has a lot of respect for them, although the way they work is unconventional and he is a very conventional man. He may not understand their methods but he knows they do their jobs well and deep down I expect they are his favourites.”

Jeremy admits he had reservations at first about playing a police officer.

“I was a bit nervous about portraying someone in such a position of authority,” he says. “Sullivan is clearly someone who enjoys authority and being in charge of people.

“Playing a surgeon in Holby was a very different kind of experience but less of a stretch for me personally because I am more like Adam. Also it was nice to work at a slower pace on Murder in Suburbia. Because I am in this show less, I was able to pay more attention to detail and concentrate on my character more which was a luxury.”

Jeremy has two films coming up for release later this year. In Something Borrowed, he stars alongside Debra Messing (Will & Grace) as a shallow, egotistical cricketer who jilts his bride-to-be just before the wedding.

And in Creep, a horror movie far removed from this American rom-com, Jeremy plays a rich, slimy character who meets a very unpleasant end.

“I meet a gruesome death which involved me being covered with live rats and being dragged bleeding through the underground at night. It was quite disturbing.”

Jeremy is currently in Miami renovating his second home in South Beach and escaping the winter weather.

“I have a new US agent so I’ll be having some meetings while I’m there. If I get good work I could easily live in LA but I love London and it would always be my real home.”