Those familiar with David Nicholls’ much-loved book (or its less-loved movie adaptation) will know the story begins in Edinburgh, where actor and comedian Ambika already has a bit of personal history.
During an interview on Friday’s edition of The Graham Norton Show, Ambika recalled feeling “a bit lost”, “quite depressed” and like she “wasn’t getting anywhere” after a run at the city’s iconic Fringe festival in 2019.
“On the last day of the Fringe, we climbed Arthur’s Seat and I remember it as a terrible time. I was not loving myself or my life,” she admitted.
“Then cut to almost exactly three years later and I am filming in Edinburgh at Arthur’s Seat playing the lead in a Netflix series of my favourite book.”
Ambika added: “It felt very special. A full circle moment.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Ambika also admitted to having turned down the offer to appear in One Day several times before eventually accepting it.
“I was being an idiot thinking it wasn’t for me,” she recalled. “A month later I rang my agent to say I had made a terrible mistake.”
One Day is now streaming on Netflix. Watch Ambika Mod’s interview with Graham Norton on Friday night at 10.50pm on BBC One.