Anna Friel got dog to stave off loneliness

ANNA Friel got a dog because she felt lonely while working on Deep Water in the Lake District.

The 43-year-old actress – who has daughter Gracie, 14, with former partner David Thewlis – shot Deep Water in the Lake District and though it was a “beautiful” setting, she felt very isolated and ended up finding a canine pal to keep her company as she’d never spent so much time alone.

She said, “It was beautiful but it rained nearly every day.

“There was no phone signal.

“It was refreshing and healthy for our minds but as far as keeping in contact with the outside world, it wasn’t easy.

“It was six hours door to door for me to get to Gracie.

“I spent more time on my own than I probably ever have.

“Most evenings or weekends, I didn’t see anyone. It was quite a lonely experience – that’s not being negative, just honest.

“When Gracie came, I just said, ‘Shall we go and get a dog?’ I got myself a pomapoo called Eunice!”

Anna got some experience with dogs while shooting the drama but admitted they weren’t very easy to handle.

She told Britain’s OK! Magazine, “I did have to handle two dalmatians and you’re not meant to put them together as they both want to dominate.

“There was a lot of driving around in the car and we had to keep the windows up because of the sound recordings so the aroma was breathtaking.” – BANG!