Domino Day cast and creatives tease “dark, sexy and deep” supernatural drama about modern dating through the lens of a witch

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Published: 23 January 2024

The series follows Domino Day (played by Siena Kelly), a young woman on all of the dating apps. But Domino isn’t swiping to find her soulmate – she’s swiping to hunt.

A young witch with extraordinary powers, Domino is desperately seeking a community who can help her understand who she is, but she doesn’t need to look far, as a coven of witches is already tracking her every move, convinced they have to stop her before her powers destroy everyone and everything around her.

When a dangerous figure from Domino’s past comes back to haunt her, will it be a fresh start for them all, or a final showdown?

Domino Day (6×45’) is created and written by Lauren Sequeira, with individual episodes written by Charlene James and Haleema Mirza, and is directed by Eva Sigurdardottir and Nadira Amrani, with Nick Pitt as series producer and Megan Ott as producer. Executive producers are Lauren Sequeira with Laurence Bowen, Chris Carey and Elinor Day for Dancing Ledge Productions, a Fremantle company, and Lucy Richer and Ayela Butt for the BBC.

Watch Domino Day on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer from Wednesday 31 January at 9pm. 


Interview with Lauren Sequeira (Series creator and writer)

Guidance: Contains scenes of a sexual nature and some scenes which some viewers may find upsetting

Can you tell us a little bit about your writing background?

I previously worked on Gangs of London, writing on a couple of seasons. Domino Day is my first original series at the BBC. I still pinch myself.

Can you tell us about Domino?

Domino Day is about a very powerful witch, who doesn’t understand the true extent of her powers. All she knows is she needs to feed off the energy of others and she uses dating apps to find her victims. There is a coven of witches based in Manchester that see her as a threat and want to stop her before she hurts someone.

Why did you decide to set the series in Manchester?

The series was originally set in London but the BBC are really keen to represent other regions and to film and set dramas all across the UK. I’ve always thought Manchester was just such a cool city – a little bit of old and new, especially in the fashion sense. The swagger is just different to London so I thought it would be unique to set a witch show here. 

What makes the series unique?

Domino Day is unique as it’s about witches but looks at modern relationships as well. It’s a very sexy show, blending relationship drama with the supernatural, which I think young people will love.

What are the key themes?

It’s very sexy and dark but also the main character Domino is finding herself throughout the series, which I think a lot of young people can relate to. So the show is also about self-acceptance as well as how you connect to people in the modern world, especially when there are apps everywhere.

What did you want to explore and develop in this story?

I really wanted to explore sisterhood. Obviously, there are guys in the show but I see the series as a real display of sisterhood, as you’ve got Domino and this coven of witches. For me, the three main witches are Sammie, Kat and Domino so it’s a real display of Black Girl Magic on screen.

What made you write it as a genre?

I just love the supernatural genre. The Americans have done it so well with the likes of True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, etc. And I just thought…we need our own show in the UK!

Where did you find inspiration for this story?

A lot of my own dating stories are in there and Domino’s journey is a lot like the journey I’ve gone on in finding myself as a writer, finding my own voice and learning how to own my own power and magic.

What in the show do you think audiences will most relate to?

I think everyone will relate to the dating and the dating apps. I think they’ll also relate to those core themes and the feeling of life being a little bit out of control and trying to regain it.

Where does the story begin? Who do we meet in the beginning?

We first meet Domino in the bathroom of a bar. Her nose is bleeding and we have no idea why, but she seems to know the reason for it. She cleans herself up, goes back into the bar and we see her waiting for a date. Whilst she’s there, she starts chatting to the barman, played by Percelle Ascott. There’s an obvious natural connection between them and it’s the sort of perfect real life meeting which is so rare in the dating world, but then her actual date arrives. We can immediately tell he’s not right and there doesn’t seem to be any chemistry between them but Domino is desperate to go back to his house and when she does, we find out why…she needs to feed. 

From that point, how does Domino’s character develop?

Domino is trying to understand why she needs to feed. She’s only known one other witch in her life, her ex-boyfriend, so she’s trying to find out what kind of witch she is whilst this coven of witches are circling her trying to find that out as well. So she’s goes on this journey, but is also trying to figure out how to be a good person with the immense power she possesses, compared to the other witches.

You touched on the female relationships in the series, can you tell us more about the coven?

Yes, each coven member goes through their own journey with her. Sammie, who is an aura witch, is the first to see how much Domino is struggling. She’s very empathetic towards her and is the first of them to really make contact. Whereas Kat, who’s the coven leader, is a bit more guarded. Jules is the newbie to the coven who initially doesn’t really care about being a part of it but goes on her own journey to seeing the coven as a sisterhood. And Geri is just quite angsty. She really dislikes Jules’ indifference at the start but then they sort of come together at the end.

Which scene is your favourite?

The first time Domino feeds off a date. It’s one of the scenes that was the most clear in my mind when I wrote the script as I really wanted to do this “rug pull” moment where the show is suddenly introduced as supernatural – whereas beforehand it could’ve been mistaken for just a normal show about relationships. I really wanted the audience to fear for Domino in this setting and be worried that the guy might take advantage of her but then for it to become a really powerful moment for her.

Can you give us an overview of the cast that you’ve assembled? Siena is of course BAFTA-nominated…

I knew Domino was going to be a tricky character for someone to play, especially in the first couple of episodes where she isn’t connected to the coven yet. We needed someone that could really get inside her head and feel what she feels. Siena has this really great way of portraying vulnerability, but also strength in just one look. It’s hard to describe but there’s just something in her eyes that when I watched her casting tape I just said “that’s my Domino” and everyone was on the same page. We were lucky we got her so early on.

And what about the coven?

The coven is amazing because they’re all friends. Babirye is just Sammie in a way, they’re very warm and caring. Molly is more serious than Jules, the character she plays. Jules just doesn’t care but Molly works really hard and you can see that in all her takes. For Alisha, I really wanted a strong black woman as the coven leader. She goes on her own journey with her attachment to magic which sort of echoes Domino’s in a way, and that’s how she connects to Domino. And Geri, like Jules, is sort of the light relief as it’s a very dark show and sometimes we needed some light moments. And then the guys, Percelle and Sam are both very good looking men with different qualities. They show themselves as different potential love matches for Domino so it’s interesting to see that love triangle play out.

How’s the collaboration been with the other writers and director?

There are two other writers on Domino Day, Haleema Mirza and Charlene James, who are doing an episode each. It’s been great to do the writers room with them and that whole process. I know writers rooms are more of an American thing but I’m a very collaborative person. I always want to hear ideas that will make my ideas better.

If you could describe Domino Day in one sentence what would it be?

Domino Day is dark, sexy and deep – it has a lot to say about the world.

Cast Interviews

L-R: Jules (Molly Harris); Sammie (Babirye Bukilwa); Geri (Poppy Lee Friar); Kat (Alisha Bailey) And Domino Day (Siena Kelly) (Image: BBC/Dancing Ledge/Todd Antony)

Siena Kelly – Domino Day

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Siena Kelly as Domino Day (Dancing Ledge Productions/Sophie Mutevelian)

Tell us about your character?

Domino Day is a very powerful witch in her early twenties. She’s only very recently learnt that she’s a witch and doesn’t know anything about her heritage or how to navigate the world as an exceptionally powerful witch, including how to control her magic.

What journey does Domino go on?

We meet Domino when she’s in a bad place and it just keeps getting worse. When we meet her she’s already aware she’s a witch and is experiencing this deep hunger that she doesn’t know how to control. The only way she can satiate it is if she feeds on humans, which she doesn’t like doing. It’s scary for her that she can’t control it and she doesn’t even know what she’s trying to control. So it’s her journey of learning how to control this urge and learning where it came from and what it means.

What kind of show is Domino Day? What makes it unique?

It’s hard to say as it evolves so much! It’s very, very dramatic and it feels very cool. It’s not just a period, witchy drama – everyone’s got a really good sense of style. We explore dating apps and hook up culture so it’s more of a fantasy drama set in modern day Manchester with lots of people in their early to mid-20s.

What was your first impression when you read Lauren’s scripts?

I really empathised with Domino when I read the scripts, particularly in the first episode and the idea of the lack of control over yourself, over your mind and over your “powers”. Also with not having any knowledge of where it’s coming from and having nobody to ask for help and feeling dangerous but not being dangerous. She’s dangerous but not in a bad way and I think that would be a really, really terrifying life.

What did you find appealing about the character?

I really empathised with Domino in being desperate to change your situation but having absolutely no resources to change it. I also found the idea of being so powerful and not having realised it or not really understanding just how powerful she is really interesting and something that I wanted to explore. 

Do you relate to Domino’s story?

We’re very different and our life experiences have been very different but I do know people in my life that are similar to her, which is why I could really empathise with the character as I’ve witnessed it in other people. Domino really goes through hell and back in this show and I’m fortunate that I haven’t experienced that. I’m also nowhere near as powerful!

Was it a challenge portraying someone so different to you?

Yes, because I struggle in real life to feel sorry for myself so I had to pretend that Domino is my best friend. I feel protective over her and I can get into the character by feeling like she’s one of my besties. It was also an acting challenge because Domino is at level 100, 80% of the time so it was very physically and emotionally challenging.

What relationships does Domino have in the series?

The biggest influence on Domino is her relationship with her ex-boyfriend Silas, which isn’t a great relationship. He’s another witch and it’s a really tricky, nuanced and toxic relationship where he encourages her worst traits to grow. He’s also the first witch that she’s ever met so he’s her sole way into the witching world. He gets to be the person who influences her on witch politics, telling her what’s allowed and what’s not, what laws to follow, etc, which is a lot of power to have over somebody. They do love each other but it’s not a good or healthy relationship.

The next biggest relationship is the one she develops with Sammie, who’s another witch that’s a lot kinder than Silas. Sammie recognises that Domino is far more powerful than the other witches she knows and really wants her to grow and learn to control her powers and love herself. She wants Domino to recognise that she’s not an inherently bad person, which takes a while for Domino to realise, but she only realises it because of Sammie. Sammie is a brilliant, positive influence on Domino’s life.

And then there’s the relationships she has with a few humans in her life, which are also very difficult relationships to navigate, because the humans don’t know that she’s a witch, so she has a lot of secrets with them. There’s Leon, who is a man that she meets in a bar that she develops a really beautiful romantic connection and friendship with.

There’s also Vedita, her boss in the café. They have a lot of chemistry together and they really enjoy each other’s company. But she knows she can’t really be her true self around both of them as they’re humans and she’s a witch. So there’s always a level that she can’t quite get to with them.

How did you prepare for the series? Have you taken inspiration from other film/TV series?

I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from lots of things. I’ve watched a lot of witchy stuff and know a few people in my life who identify as witches. My partner’s mother is a shaman so they were raised around witchcraft. I watched movies such as The Witch with Anya Taylor-Joy, and Bones and All with Timothée Chalamet. Bones and All is a similar concept as it tells the story of an eater who meets another eater. I also watched this amazing vampire movie with Tilda Swinton, Only Lovers Left Alive, which was brilliant.

Also The Roar, a French horror film. Movies about cannibalism helped a lot for me in terms of the hunger that Domino feels. I also watched another French movie called The Five Devils, which is also quite fantastical but a very dark thriller. Those are probably the things I watched that influenced me the most.

What was your favourite scene to film? 

I think doing my first ‘feed’ with Percelle was quite fun because it was such a creative and physical exploration that we had to do. For a ‘feed’ scene we always have to stretch before and afterwards, especially the people who are getting fed on as they do a lot of convulsing and arching their back. Leon was the first person we were doing the feeds on and we didn’t release how physical it was going to be so he ended up twinging his back for two weeks!

Why is Domino Day a must watch?

Domino Day is a must watch because it feels really original, exciting and thrilling. It’s also very emotional, tapping into things like mental health, relationships and community.

Percelle Ascott – Leon

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Percelle Ascott as Leon (Image: Dancing Ledge Productions/Sophie Mutevelian)

Could you please give us an overview of Domino Day?

Domino Day is a dating drama series that follows Domino as she navigates relationships, swiping left and right, but through the lens of a witch. It’s a coming of age show about self-discovery where we see Domino getting to know herself as a person.

What makes the show unique?

The show is unique because we haven’t had a genre show like this in the UK for a while. Growing up we’ve only really watched genre shows like this from America so it’s been a long time coming. I’ve also never seen a show that taps into the dating world like this one does. It’s still grounded in relatable themes but all done through a witch’s perspective. Theme-wise, the show is funny, sexy, dark and intense. The audience is really taken on a journey with lots of twists and turns from episode one to six.

Can you tell us a little bit about your character and where we meet him? 

We meet Leon right at the start in episode one. He’s not magical like the rest of the characters are but he has a good connection with Domino from the beginning. However, as their love begins to blossom there are people out there who aren’t a fan of their romance so as they’re trying to figure things out between them, and Leon gets caught up in the mess with Domino.

What drew you to playing him?

I think it was the first conversation I had with the director, Eva Sigurdardottir. As there are so many supernatural elements, she wanted to find a way to ground the show through my relationship with Domino. At the end of the day, it’s just a relationship and it was fun to explore how we can find the comedy within our relationship and take it away from all the other scenes that are so supernatural. I feel like the scenes you see with Leon are more stripped back, grounded and wholesome.

What was your first impression after reading the script?

My first impression of Lauren’s script was that it was very impressive and it felt really ambitious. When I read it I felt like I could really picture Leon and envision all the scenes with him and Domino. Their relationship felt real, natural and relatable so it was definitely something I wanted to be a part of. Speaking to Lauren, it was great to get to know her and hear about her journey as she’s been developing this project since 2018. So after five years of developing and trying to get this off the ground, I’m grateful to have come in towards the end of the process and help tell her story and bring her vision to life.

What would you want audiences to take away from the show?

With genre-specific shows like this one, I feel like there’s always going to be themes that are grounded in real life and that are relatable. I think the biggest thing for me about the show was that it’s all really about self-acceptance. For a show that’s targeted towards young adults I think it’s really important to have these small, positive messages that the audience can take away from it.

Circling back to your character, where do we first meet him?

We first meet Leon working at the bar. He’s from London but came to Manchester for university here and just ended up deciding to stay because he loves the city so much and he has a passion for music. He’s enjoying life, just cruising and then he meets Domino.

Have you enjoyed playing him?

I’ve loved playing Leon. When I initially read the script I could picture playing him and knew exactly what I wanted to do. For me it was also all about finding the comedy and a way to make audiences fall in love with him so I got to be my goofy, corny self and throw in a few improvised lines with Siena. The whole process has been super collaborative with Lauren, the directors and Siena of course. We just got to try different things and play with the script which has been really enjoyable.

Do you have any similarities with Leon?

I definitely have a lot of similarities with Leon and have got to add a little bit of Percy in. I’m quite goofy and corny, as well as a big romantic and I think Leon is as well.

Sam Howard-Sneyd – Silas

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Sam Howard-Sneyd as Silas (Image: BBC/ Dancing Ledge Productions/Ben Gregory-Ring)

Can you give us an overview of Domino Day?

I’d describe it as the world of witchcraft meets the 21st century in the world of dating. So it’s the problems that people can relate to maybe not in a magical sense, but in a metaphorical sense, and navigating that world of magic with the tricky task of navigating the 21st century as well.

What kind of show is Domino Day and what makes it unique?

What I love about the show is that it’s led by these relationships and by the drama between the different people. It definitely has magic in it but I think it’s less for the sake of magic but more to show the relationships and to provide some tension and some drama to give you a window into people’s true character and the way they have to change throughout the show and the way their relationships changed.

What are the show’s key themes?

I think identity is a really big part of it. Power and our relationship with power. As well as what we choose as the important things in life. Also this idea of change. Whether we should be going with change or fighting against it. I believe change is the only constant that we have and some characters choose to fight against that and try keep things as is, whereas other characters try and move with it, and I think that’s very interesting.

What was your first impression when you read the script?

I loved it. I haven’t read many screenplays where I’ve been continuously reading episode after episode. I remember sitting in my room, reading episode one and each time I finished the script, it was like I ran to the next tab to open it up to start reading the next episode. I wanted to just skip the intro and go straight into reading the next one.

Can you tell us more about Silas?

He has never really had a relationship with his father. His father went away when he was much younger so he definitely lacked that father figure/male role model in his life and from that I don’t think he made particularly good choices in terms of how he believes a man should be. His relationship was only with his mother and it was a very frosty relationship at that. He never really had that level of intimacy and closeness with his mum that he did, briefly, with his father. Silas had to try to find his own way in life and he went the wrong way. He took the wrong turns and became obsessed with power and influence instead of connection and love

What’s his development like through the show?

It’s sad because I think at the beginning of the show you really do see why Domino and Silas are together and why they work and why there’s that chemistry. He does have moments where he’s kind to her and shows her things about being a witch. But his issue is that she’s more powerful than him and he can never truly deal with that. He sort of vicariously feeds off being near that power, but it also reminds him of his insecurities and his lack of power.

What did you enjoy about playing Silas?

“Enjoy” is tricky because he’s not a very nice guy so there are times I have to say and do things that aren’t very nice, which is tricky to enjoy. But the world can be quite a bad place, filled with some pretty bad people and I think if you want to actually be able to change people’s perspectives, you want to act like a mirror to the world. So through Silas I hope I can show what it’s like to make those decisions and if people see some of themselves, detached like that, in my actions on screen and judge me, then hopefully it can break them out of their negative patterns of behaviour.

What kind of relationships does Silas have with other characters in the series?

The only other relationship that is really explored is the one with his mother. It’s really interesting, because most of the time, for reasons that you’ll see, she has power over me. But there are a couple of scenes where the writing is fantastic and I’m the one who has the power and we get to see the shift of an established relationship. Silas is suddenly able to realise he can get one over on her and start to dictate where things are going.

What about your relationship with Domino?

It’s a swampy relationship that’s not particularly healthy but I do think there is genuine love there. They both love each other but the form their love takes is not particularly healthy. Silas projects quite a lot onto Domino, but she’s quite innocent in the relationship.

What would you like audiences to take away from the series?

Maybe more of an understanding on your perception of strength and weakness. For example, something you perceive as a weakness, can actually be your greatest strength. And also to just re-evaluate your relationship with your internal life and ask yourself are things really that bad? Or is this thing really that great?

Can you describe your character in one sentence?

A misguided, middle class f*ck boy who struggles to come to terms with the actual important things in life.

Babirye Bukilwa – Sammie

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Babirye Bukilwa as Sammie (Image: BBC/Dancing Ledge Productions/Ben Gregory-Ring)

What was your first impression of the scripts?

When I read the first episode of Domino Day I immediately called my agent to get the next episode. I rarely ever get that excited about a TV show. I thought it was sexy, exciting and I love that Lauren was using a lot of metaphors in the series for things like feminism, womanism, sexuality and rage.

Tell us about your character?

I play a witch called Sammie who’s from London originally but moved to Manchester to find a family and new life for herself. Her specialism is that she’s an empath, which has manifested in being able to see people’s auras. So she’s constantly on another plane and can see if people are feeling discomfort, happiness, are in pain, etc. She feels very deeply. 

Do you have anything in common with your character?

I resonate with Sammie and her values a lot, for example how she cares for humans, the planet and her sense of justice. I think she’d be a Libra. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a triple Libra somewhere on her chart. I think justice is very attractive to her and integral to who she is as a person.

What attracted you to the role?

What appealed to me about Sammie is that she’s a queer witch and I was like…am I looking in a mirror? I’ve never seen her character on paper like that and I was like…absolutely…that’s a bit of me.

Can you tell us about the relationships your character has in the show?

I really enjoy Sammie’s relationship with Kat, played by Alisha Bailey. Kat is the coven leader and there’s a real nuance and beauty to their story because they share so many intersections like their race, being a woman, and that they’re both black witches.

What was your favourite scene to shoot?

The scenes with the coven were my favourite. I love Siena but everything with Sammie and Domino was so heavy. I learnt a lot from Siena as an artist, she’s brilliant. But the scenes with the coven were so fun. There was one scene where I actually think we had to have the lines fed to us because we were laughing so much because it was so ridiculous.

What do you want audiences to take away?

I’d love the audience, especially the audience members that were raised as girls, to take away that their rage is just as important as their innocence and that their rage is a gift. They’re deserving of every single emotion in the spectrum of life. There is no one way to be a woman in society where you’re 100% safe all the time because we live in the patriarchy so I want them to feel empowered to not shy away from the beauty of all their emotions.

Alisha Bailey – Kat

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Alisha Bailey as Kat (Image: BBC/Dancing Ledge Productions/Sophie Mutevelian)

What makes Domino Day unique?

I think Domino Day is unique as it’s a supernatural drama based in Manchester so throughout the series audiences will be introduced to people they’ll have seen working in Manchester, but they each have a little secret. Our characters in the coven for example all have different supernatural powers. We manage a plant shop which looks quite average on the surface but there’s loads going on beneath. It’s exciting, fresh, new and there’s a darkness to the series as well.

What was your first impression of the script?

When I first read Lauren’s scripts for Domino Day, what was really interesting to me was the coven. They are each very unique characters who all bring something different to the coven. There’s a real strength to each of them.

What was your first impression of the script?

When I first read the scripts, and specifically from Kat’s perspective, I found her role within the coven really interesting. She is billed as the coven leader but I do think the reason she’s the leader is because she takes everyone’s thoughts and feelings into consideration. I think there’s a real quiet strength to Kat. I think she’s really willing to be a great leader and really listens and tries to see what each member of the coven needs. They’re all very different but they totally makes sense together.

What did you enjoy about playing Kat?

I think she has a real inner conflict. She almost denies her past to be in the position that she’s in and I found it really interesting going through that re-discovery of herself. I do think that she emerges by the end of the series with this change in the fabric of her. I really enjoyed going through that journey with her. 

Can you tell us about the special effects?

The scenes with spells and magic took a lot of time. Of course we had a great team helping us perform all the magic, so it wasn’t just us – there were loads of people behind the scenes pushing shelves over and doing things with cameras which was really fun. We each have different super powers and a lot of the spells that we performed in the scenes are going to look very different when you actually see them on screen, so I’m really excited to see what they look like as whole. There was lots of levitating, cranes and people floating in the air. I didn’t get a chance to do any of that stuff but it was good to be on the other side of it.

What are you most looking forward to seeing finished?

I can’t wait to see how Sammie’s aura magic translates to the screen because of course we can’t see any of it and there’s going to be a lot of things added in in post-production. The stuff that is kind of obvious and you see when we’re shooting, like the levitating or things falling, you can kind of get an idea of what they might look like but some of the stuff like the invisibility and aura magic will be really interesting to see.

What would you like audiences to take away from the series?

I think throughout the series all the characters go through a journey of self-discovery so I would want the audience to take away that going back to your true self is what’s most important. In life you’re going to go through a lot of trials and tribulations that make you question yourself but reverting back to who you are and acting from that place is probably your best bet. So I hope the audience would take that away from Domino Day.

Why is Domino Day a must watch?

People should watch Domino Day because it is new, exciting, fast-paced. I also think it takes you on a journey through Manchester – a city that loads of people know, but with a supernatural twist. You’d hope that people recognises themselves in the characters and also in city living. And those who don’t live in cities, will get a good idea of what it’s like to be in a place that’s exciting, vibrant and diverse.

What was your favourite hair and makeup look?

My favourite hair and makeup look is probably Kat when you first meet her. I think she is quite tightly bound so she likes to have everything in place. I find it interesting how coinciding with her journey throughout the series, her hair and makeup starts to unravel. I love the journey she goes on physically because although it’s subtle I feel like it really helped the character. There’s just a loosening of her. I think she takes the role of coven leader very seriously and there’s a way that looks but as she kind of rediscovers who she is and as different situations arise, we see that unravel.

Poppy Lee Friar – Geri

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Poppy Lee Friar as Geri (Image: BBC/Dancing Ledge Productions/Sophie Mutevelian)

Could you please give us an overview of Domino Day?

Domino Day follows the story of a young female witch called Domino who comes from a bit of an emotionally damaged, difficult background. She’s slightly lost as she doesn’t really have a sense of family or place in the world but she finds herself in Manchester. She’s a witch but in a slightly different way than what you’ve seen before, almost vampiric, she has to feed on humans so she’s on all the dating apps to find someone and hunt down to suck the energy out of.

We follow her on this journey of self- discovery and reckoning with her own identity and her heritage. She is also being watched by a coven of witches who are concerned about the way that she’s behaving and the damage that she’s doing to herself and the people around her. We follow all of them as they sort of battle between their ideas of good and evil and who is really out there to help them.

What makes Domino Day unique?

The series is unique as it addresses themes that are universal but in a modern way that I think a lot of young people will understand and relate to. There are obviously many shows that have magical elements but few that reference being human. The cast are also really interesting and diverse and it’s very visually appealing. There’s a sort of neon, cool, flare to it which is really fun to watch. There are things that you can certainly relate to and enjoy but it has a sexy, modern edge.

What was your first impression after reading the script?

When I first read Lauren’s script I was reminded of Being Human which I loved as well as the series I May Destroy You, which I absolutely loved as well. It’s sort of a mash of those two, with new modern ideas that explore the social media and dating scene as well as identity, race and different people’s experiences in the world. And they also happen to be magical people who have these special powers so that was really, really interesting and fun to read. 

Can you tell us more about your character?

Geri’s background is one that’s filled with boisterous brothers, and so I think, being a little girl around that masculine energy, she developed this power of telekinesis to combat the strength she couldn’t quite match.

Geri also has a slightly irritable side. Everything for her is a little bit heightened. There’s an irritable edge to her which is sort of epitomised by the character of Jules. They clash a bit as they’re different generations, but Geri probably recognises a lot of herself in Jules. 

What attracted to you to the role?

I think what’s appealing about Geri is that she has this telekinesis power which is extremely fun to be able to act but I just liked how she seems very loyal to her friend Kat. She also has a sophistication about her because I think she’s outgrown a phase that say Jules is going through. Geri and Kat have a slightly higher ambition and awareness than Jules does at that stage. But she’s fun, a little hot-headed, she drives a bit too fast. She’s kind of styled with Kill Bill vibes sometimes which I think is really fun.

What did you enjoy most about playing Geri?

I think what I enjoyed the most about playing Geri is that she’s part of the coven of witches. I think that a real theme of this show is having a really strong identity but also functioning within a community as it’s so important to have friends and people that will help you out and have your back.

What would you like audiences to take away from the series?

I’d like audiences to take away the sense of friendship, encouragement, respect and help that we see from the characters. I think what would be nice for audiences to take away from this is the sense of friendship and that we can help each other out and hear the difficulties that people can be struggling with and can help each other overcome. I think that’s a key theme of the show. Friendship and loyalty and overcoming struggles with each other.

What was your favourite hair and make-up look from the series?

My favourite hair and makeup look is when I’m wearing a purple tracksuit look which is sort of a sports-luxe vibe, which reminds me a bit of Beatrix Kiddo from Kill Bill.

What would your dream super power be?

My dream super power would be to manipulate people’s psychology, which sounds sinister, but I mean manipulate people that do really awful things. I would try to manipulate their psychology so they didn’t destroy the planet or if people find themselves really sad or depressed I would try to magically help them see how incredible and beautiful and capable they are. 

Molly Harris – Jules

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Molly Harris as Jules (Image: BBC/Dancing Ledge Productions/Sophie Mutevelian)

What makes Domino Day unique?

Domino Day is a supernatural drama and what make it unique is the witches – who they are, what kind of backgrounds they come from and where it’s set. When I first read the script, I was surprised as there were so many elements I’d never seen in a witchy drama before.

What was your first impression after reading the script?

I read the first three episodes and I thought it was fantastic as there was this unapologetic sexiness that was intertwined with fantasy drama. I thought it was very unique – the coven, Domino…they all have such individual stories and lives. I’ve never seen a show that treats witches in such a way.

What journey does your character go on?

Jules is the youngest in the coven and came in kind of against her wishes as her parents thought she was getting a bit too wild. She wanted to do her own thing, party, live her life but she gets put in this group of witches and has to work in this shop where there are all these rules about being in the coven and being a witch. She kind of just likes to use her powers for fun but she really gets put to the test in this show. We see her for who she truly is through the decisions she makes under pressure.

Do you relate to your character?

Jules is so opposite to me. Firstly, I don’t like to party. I don’t like to go out that much. I’m a bit of a hermit whereas she likes to dance until the sun comes up and drink a lot. Her clothing is so different as well. I think what I’ve most enjoyed about playing her is the different outfits I’ve gotten to wear. I’m usually more minimalist but her clothes are so loud. 

What kind for relationships does she have with other characters in the series?

Jules has a bit of a love/hate relationship with Geri, which is fun to play. It’s also very charming. I think they’re just very different people. Jules is quite young, it’s just her mentality whereas Geri is a bit more of a rule follower so they clash a bit with that. Her relationship with Kat is different, she kind of seeks to gain her approval although she pretends she doesn’t really care.

What are you most looking forward to seeing finished?

I’m really excited to see the fight scenes, especially the ones with Siena playing Domino. Throughout the series she is 110% in her acting, so think it will be epic to see her fight scenes.

What would you like audiences to take away from the series?

I think embracing your roots, accepting good people and when good things happen, and not letting other people tell you how to live your life.

Why is Domino Day a must watch?

I think people should watch this show if they want to see something different. If you love fantasy, fashion and a good love story it’s definitely a must watch.

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