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Victoria Hamilton: 'Actresses used to dread reaching the age of 40'

The ”Albion” star has talked about the change in roles for older women

The actress Victoria Hamilton has spoken out about how there is a change in the availability and type of roles for women over 40.

She said: "Going back ten years, actresses dreaded reaching this age because this was the age when everything just stopped or you would play nothing more than a wife or a mother and those were your roles."

"You would spend the rest of your life playing parts where you were saying to a man: 'What are you going to do next?' "

She added that change was happening in the industry as roles for older women were getting more interesting. "To be given these incredible, rich, complicated, sexy parts is just amazing. I think there's a seismic shift in both theatre and film where people have realised that mature women can carry plays and can carry TV series and that it's a great untapped resource."

Hamilton was talking at the Critics' Circle Awards, where she picked up the award for Best Actress for her role in Albion. She played Audrey, a woman who is grieving after the death of her son and who moves out of London and buys a garden with her family.

The play was written by Mike Bartlett and garnered a four star review from Sarah Crompton in WhatsOnStage.