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'Too gory ... Er, Hello, it's called Ripper Street'

RIPPER Street actress Charlene McKenna says that she's been forced to defend the show's gory and violent storylines.

The 27-year-old has a starring role in the BBC drama which charts the aftermath of the murderous reign of Jack The Ripper -- one of the world's most infamous serial killers.

And the Monaghan actress says she was surprised by people who told her they were shocked and upset by the graphic nature of the show.

"I think some people were shocked at how grim it is," Charlene told the Herald.

"They would come up to me and say 'God, that's very graphic', but I was like 'Hello, it's called Ripper Street!'

Bloodshed

"It's a very dark series, and of course there is a lot of bloodshed and scenes that aren't nice to watch, but that is the nature of the show and we had a lot of fun filming."

Charlene plays the part of Rose, a prostitute who dreams of making it big as a theatre actress. The drama, which was filmed in Dublin last year, is based in London's East End six months after the infamous Jack the Ripper murders which rocked Victorian society in the late 1880's.

When more women are murdered on the streets of Whitechapel, the police, led by Detective Inspector Edmund Reid Pride (Matthew Mc Fayden), begin to wonder if the killer has returned.

Charlene added: "Some of the show is very dark, but I have a love story in the series so it was nice to watch that develop."

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