Vicky McClure’s comments on being “difficult” are annoyingly relatable

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Line of Duty actor Vicky McClure has shared her experiences of working with men in a conversation about the #MeToo movement.

It’s been a big year for Vicky McClure, who graced the cover of Stylist  in May as the fifth season her addictive TV series Line of Duty hit our screens. (FYI: a sixth has now been commissioned)

She’ll also be starring in new Channel 4 drama I Am Nicola later in July, which tells the story of a woman stuck in a dysfunctional and coercive relationship.

But, like many working-class women working in entertainment, her journey hasn’t been an easy one. 

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In fact, McClure has now opened up about her experiences of working with men, calling out “some right tw*ts” – which is something probably all of us can relate to.

“I have experienced some right twats, as in men who treat men differently to how they treat me,” she told The Guardian.

She then gave the example of a male actor being asked if he’s happy to start filming a scene, explaining: “I’m stood in the room at the same time. I’m like, ‘Yeah and I’m also happy to go.’”

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Vicky McClure in Line of Duty.

McClure continued: “It’s little things like that, which you might think are nothing, but you’re offending me by not asking me. I am quite strong and to some people I might seem a little cocky, but if I’ve got an opinion I like it to be heard.

“That’s not me trying to be difficult. I’ve seen too many men walk into the room and go, ‘What’s happening?’ And then you do it as a woman and you feel like you’re being difficult.”

And McClure isn’t the only actor to continue the important #MeToo conversation. 

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Last week, Sarah Jessica Parker also opened up about her own experiences, explaining that she went to her agent about a particular actor.

“I didn’t feel as powerful as the man who was behaving inappropriately,” she said. “He [the agent] said to them, ‘If this continues, I have sent her a ticket, a one-way ticket out of this city’ — where I was shooting — ‘and she will not be returning.’”

Although some progress is being made in women gaining confidence to speak out against sexism in the workplace, there’s clearly still a long way to go. But shared experiences like McClure and Parker’s continue to help break down the wall. 

Images: Jonty Davies and BBC


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Hollie Richardson

Hollie is a digital writer at, mainly covering the daily news on women’s issues, politics, celebrities and entertainment. She also keeps an ear out for the best podcast episodes to share with readers. Oh, and don’t even get her started on Outlander…

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