British actress Tracy-Ann Oberman has spoken about her work with a Ukrainian orphanage to help children escape the “horrible” war in Ukraine.
Berman, 55, is best known for her roles on Friday Night Dinner and EastEnders.
She told the PA news agency: “It’s awful. Every year we start a new year thinking it can only get better.
“But I have a lot of Ukrainian friends and there is an orphanage over there that I’m involved with, the Tikva Orphanage in Odessa, and we worked very hard to get those kids and everyone in Odessa out.”
On her efforts, she added, “Not bad so far, but it’s been really hard to get everyone out of Odessa as well as possible.”
Oberman recently starred in Channel 4’s hit drama It’s A Sin, which follows a group of gay friends living in London as the HIV/AIDS crisis unfolds.
The series, starring Olly Alexander, won the Broadcasting Press Guild (BPG) Award for Best Drama Series, with its writer Russell T Davies winning the Best Writer award.
Of It’s A Sin’s success, she said, “I remember those guys, it was part of my childhood.”
On the series, Oberman played Carol Carter, the acting agent for Alexander’s character Ritchie.
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