The Handmaid’s Tale star Ann Dowd leaves Phillip Schofield star-struck on This Morning

She portrays intimidating boss Aunt Lydia who oversees troubled ‘handmaids’ in a totalitarian society on the dystopian drama show.

And actress Ann Dowd left host Phillip Schofield star-struck as she appeared on Tuesday’s edition of This Morning to discuss her ‘thrilling’ role on Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale.

During her interview on the daytime TV programme, the screen star, 63, revealed she’s enjoyed ‘scaring the wits right out of’ her co-stars while filming tenses scenes for the show and admitted she still ‘can’t believe’ she’s landed a position on the award-winning series. 

A-list interview: Ann Dowd left host Phillip Schofield star-struck as she appeared on Tuesday's edition of This Morning to discuss her 'thrilling' role on Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale

A-list interview: Ann Dowd left host Phillip Schofield star-struck as she appeared on Tuesday's edition of This Morning to discuss her 'thrilling' role on Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale

A-list interview: Ann Dowd left host Phillip Schofield star-struck as she appeared on Tuesday’s edition of This Morning to discuss her ‘thrilling’ role on Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale tells the story of Offred (Elisabeth Moss), a woman kept captive with the purpose of reproducing in a totalitarian society, led by the Gilead government.

Brutal character Aunt Lydia – a strong follower of the Gileadean doctrine – often subjects the women to physical punishment as she attempts to supervise them in an unconventional community. 

A massive fan of the show, Phillip, 57, couldn’t contain his delight while face-to-face with Ann.

The presenter told the Compliance star: ‘Oh my gosh, I’m looking into the eyes of Aunt Lydia!’

'Oh my gosh, I'm looking into the eyes of Aunt Lydia!' A massive fan of the show, presenter Phillip, 57, couldn't contain his delight while face-to-face with the screen star, 63

'Oh my gosh, I'm looking into the eyes of Aunt Lydia!' A massive fan of the show, presenter Phillip, 57, couldn't contain his delight while face-to-face with the screen star, 63

‘Oh my gosh, I’m looking into the eyes of Aunt Lydia!’ A massive fan of the show, presenter Phillip, 57, couldn’t contain his delight while face-to-face with the screen star, 63

'I just had to do it': The actress revealed she's enjoyed 'scaring the wits right out of' her co-stars while filming tenses scenes for the show (pictured with Elisabeth Moss as Offred)

'I just had to do it': The actress revealed she's enjoyed 'scaring the wits right out of' her co-stars while filming tenses scenes for the show (pictured with Elisabeth Moss as Offred)

‘I just had to do it’: The actress revealed she’s enjoyed ‘scaring the wits right out of’ her co-stars while filming tenses scenes for the show (pictured with Elisabeth Moss as Offred)

‘That’s funny because some fans stare and think they know me’, the Leftovers actress responded.  

Gushing about working with leading actress Elisabeth, 37, Ann shared: ‘They’re so lovely.

‘I scared the wits right out of them while filming, but I had to do it. Elizabeth has endless energy and at no times does she complain about the job. She’s heaven, I adore her.’

The first three series were adapted from author Margaret Atwood’s 1985 of the same name, and a sequel series is currently in the works, based on her upcoming novel The Testaments.  

'I was thrilled': The Handmaid's Tale was recently renewed for a fourth series, and the Leftovers actress revealed she's delighted that her character hasn't been killed off

'I was thrilled': The Handmaid's Tale was recently renewed for a fourth series, and the Leftovers actress revealed she's delighted that her character hasn't been killed off

‘I was thrilled’: The Handmaid’s Tale was recently renewed for a fourth series, and the Leftovers actress revealed she’s delighted that her character hasn’t been killed off

Teasing details about the new show, the St. Vincent actress said: ‘It picks up 15 years after The Handmaid’s Tale, Aunt Lydia is smart as a whip and doesn’t miss anything. It’s a fascinating look at how Gilead has transformed.’

The Handmaid’s Tale was recently renewed for a fourth series, and Ann revealed she’s delighted that her character hasn’t been killed off.

She said: ‘I just read that the director didn’t want to kill me off in the New York Times, I was thrilled, but I also wanted to say: ”Who wanted my character dead?”

‘When I read the screenplay, I jumped on board immediately. I was riding my bike in North Carolina when I got the call. My manager described the role, I thought it was unbelievable.

Focused: Super-fan Phillip and his co-host Holly Willoughby, 38, appeared pensive as they listened to Ann's stories

Focused: Super-fan Phillip and his co-host Holly Willoughby, 38, appeared pensive as they listened to Ann's stories

Focused: Super-fan Phillip and his co-host Holly Willoughby, 38, appeared pensive as they listened to Ann’s stories

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‘I adore Aunt Lydia, love her. If you judge, there’s no relationship, we have to learn that as actors. My character was possibly raised without a mother and a very religious father.

‘I was raised in a Catholic and loving home, but there’s a lot of shame attached to sex’, she added.

The Handmaid’s Tale was met with critical acclaim when it debuted in 2017 and won five Primetime Emmy Awards for the first season, which included the Outstanding Drama Series prize. 

Critically-acclaimed: The first three series were adapted from author Margaret Atwood's (pictured in December 2018) 1985 of the same name

Critically-acclaimed: The first three series were adapted from author Margaret Atwood's (pictured in December 2018) 1985 of the same name

Critically-acclaimed: The first three series were adapted from author Margaret Atwood’s (pictured in December 2018) 1985 of the same name

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