Interview with Poppy Lee Friar who plays Geri in Domino Day which debuts on January 31

Poppy Lee Friar plays Geri in Domino Day

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

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


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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.


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 (6x45’) 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.

Source BBC Three

January 31, 2024 3:00am ET by Pressparty  


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