Brian May and Anita Dobson discuss 'arguing' in 2015
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The final episode of The Long Call aired last night on ITV at 9pm. Anita starred as Grace Stephenson in the gripping murder mystery series, a character the actor descried as a “sad, wretched woman, whose life has dribbled away from her.” She appeared alongside Ben Aldridge, previously of Our Girl and Fleabag, who played Detective Inspector Mathew Venn in the series.
The programme, adapted from Ann Cleeves’ best selling novel of the same title, sees DI Venn thrown into a murder case, after a man is mysteriously stabbed to death on a North Devon beach.
Anita, best known for playing Angie Watts in Eastenders, has famously been married to Brian, of Queen fame, since November 2000 and is said to have inspired the band’s 1989 hit ‘I Want It All’.
When the couple appeared on a 2015 episode of Loose Women however, Brian admitted that the couple have “massive blow ups”.
After being asked if he and Anita argued Brian replied: “Yeah we do, we have massive blow ups.
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“We’re still the same because we care, I think, and little things, the tiniest, insignificant things can blow up into something massive.”
He added: “Your partner knows your buttons to press.
“I’m not normally quick to flare up but with Anita she can get me, and I’m the same with her I’m sure.”
Brian shot to fame as the guitarist of Queen, who by the Eighties were one of the biggest stadium rock bands in the world.
Meanwhile Anita found success in the same decade after she was cast as Angie in Eastenders in 1985.
Anita starred in the BBC soap opera for three years, and in that time struck up a romance with Brian.
The guitarist revealed in the Loose Women interview that many of the couple’s friends thought the relationship wouldn’t last, including Queen’s iconic singer Freddie Mercury.
Brain said: “A lot of people, including Freddie [said it wouldn’t last].”
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Imitating his late friend, Brain joked: “Darling, you’ll never last.”
He added: “I think he thought we were both too volatile.
“In fact, my manager said to me ‘marry an actress? You must be kidding.’
“Well somehow we’re still here”.
Last year, the Queen rocker suffered a heart attack and required three stents put inside his heart, just after suffering a separate, unconnected gardening injury which left him hospitalised.
Brian credited his wife for “saving his life” and insisted complications from the heart attack nearly killed him, in a candid interview with Express.co.uk last year.
Speaking on Lorraine this week, Anita described the “litany of disasters” her husband faced after last year’s March lockdown was announced.
She said: “First of all, he got sciatica, then he had a heart attack, and then he had a haemorrhage.
“So he was really in a bad way.
“I sort of went into shock, I couldn’t believe it.
“I was kind of numbed by the fear that something awful was going to happen to him, but thank God he’s back on form doing his exercises, swimming regularly and music.”
Watch The Long Call tonight on ITV at 9pm.
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