Eleanor Matsuura has appeared in Utopia, Law and Order and Da Vinci's Demons. Currently she is starring in new police drama Cuffs.

Currently screening on BBC One, the previous episodes of the fast-paced show is on iPlayer. The series follows a team as they work on the front-line on a police force. We caught up with Eleanor Matsuura in an exclusive to Telly Binge. So why should you watch Cuffs? What has been her personal career highlight? What's next in her calendar?

Matsuura acts as Officer Prager, but who really is the character? "Donna is a brilliant and tenacious copper, who excels at work. She loves her job and is a popular member of the team, particularly with her work partner Lino. She is probably the most well rounded character I have played. We are allowed to see her softer sides. She is patient and unshakable."

Though could the actress be an officer in real life? "I would be hopeless! I'd never be able to charge anyone and let them off with a warning. Donna is definitely a better person than me."

The show is well underway, though Eleanor says Cuffs is something you wouldn't expect from a pre-watershed show, "It really smashes through the usual drama, I think it’s got a lot of balls."

Praise was also high for Julia Geary, "Our brilliant writer has a great understanding of character. Throughout the fast paced action we see the different sides of our characters. She has captured the energy of Brighton perfectly; the characters and their personal stories reflect that."

So how did Eleanor get involved with the series? "I auditioned! I read a few scenes and loved the script when I read it. I think each episode gets better, richer and more confident. A few weeks after the audition I was called back into a do a chemistry read with Alex Carter (Lino), to see if we worked well together. I met him for the first time that day, so I really didn't know what to expect. He had me laughing my head off, so I became less nervous and enjoyed myself. I remember thinking blimey he's good, he'll get the part, even if I don't."

Matsuura’s CV is a glowing one, with series a plenty but what's her personal highlight? "I don't know! I have lots of great memories. I suppose there are moments like when I filmed the Spooks movie and we were shooting a scene on Waterloo Bridge, one of my favourite spots in London. It always feels like a privilege to film somewhere like London, especially when it's my home."


With 2015 playing out, what is to come? "I am currently appearing in a new play by Caryl Churchill at The National Theatre. I couldn't resist working with Caryl, she is one of the most prolific female voices in theatre." She added, "I have also just wrapped a Midsummer Night's Dream. It's a new adaptation by Russell T Davis for the BBC and a real modern reimagining of the Shakespearean classic. It has the most amazing cast and a joy to be a part of."

The actress is well known to be fond of cats and she recently appeared in a Cruelty Free campaign, "I have been fostering cats for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home for years. When Cruelty Free International approached me, I didn't hesitate to say yes. They provide such important awareness for the terrible suffering, what's happening in laboratories. You can find more about Cruelty Free at http://crueltyfreeinternational.org

Eleanor Matsuura was talking to Telly Binge in December 2015. To find out more about the actress, follow her on Twitter https://twitter.com/eleanormatsuura