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Best known for her role in Danish drama Borgen, Birgitte Sørensen is about to take to the British stage in Coriolanus. She tells Mark Lawson about doing Shakespeare by Skype and bowing out of a TV phenomenon

Until now, actors who fancied working overseas generally had to fly in for auditions. Technology, though, has eased this actor traffic. Birgitte Hjort Sørensen – who plays the Danish journalist Katrine in Borgen, the best-loved political drama since The West Wing – was interviewed for her English Shakespearean debut over Skype. Between laptops in London and Copenhagen, Josie Rourke, artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse, offered Sørensen the role of Virgilia, the title character's wife, in Coriolanus.

"I had to think about it because, text-wise, it isn't the biggest part," says 31-year-old Sørensen. "And my agent said, 'I'm not sure it's big enough for you.' But I am honoured to be doing Shakespeare in London and, »

- Mark Lawson

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