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10th Sep 2021

Harry Potter’s Luna Lovegood debuts in Silent Witness

Tara Trevaskis Hoskin

Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter, has surprised fans with a new role in Silent Witness. 

The actress first rose to stardom at just 14 when she landed the role of Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007). She was up against 15,000 other girls for the part. And now, fans are being treated to seeing her in a new light in the BBC crime drama. 

The show, which is in its 24th season, follows a team of forensic pathology experts as they investigate gritty crimes. First premiering in 1996 the award-winning show is going strong. The Louth native plays Paisley Robertson whose boyfriend Scott is currently in prison.

In her first episode, she visits Scott in prison and pleads with him to open up about his case. He had decided to appeal for parole after seeing a psychologist.

Lynch’s role is set to be an interesting one but Harry Potter fans couldn’t contain their excitement over the crossover. Lots of people took to Twitter to express their shock and delight.

In 2017 Lynch said she wanted to take a step back from the Harry Potter franchise as she felt stuck to her 18-year-old self artistically. Silent Witness is certainly a new direction for the now 30-year-old actress. 

Before landing her role as Luna in the Harry Potter film series, Eavanna was a huge fan of the books. 

At 11-years-old she was battling an eating disorder and took to writing to J.K Rowling while she was in out and of hospital. Rowling wrote back and the two became pen pals.

Her new role is far from the fantastical halls of Hogwarts but still equally as enthralling. 

As well as working on screen, Evanna has done lots of important activism work around animal rights.

She launched Kinder Beauty Box which is a cruelty-free vegan beauty brand. She also hosts her own podcast The Chickpeeps which focuses on veganism and animal rights.