Dawn Sturgess – the woman who died as a result of the 2018 Novichok poisoning in Salisbury – has been unfairly disparaged, according to a new BBC dramatisation.
The intended target of the Cold War-style political assassination was ex-Russian military officer Sergei Skripal. He and his daughter Yulia were lucky to escape with their lives.
Sturgess died from exposure to Novichok in July that year. Her partner Charlie Rowley, who had picked up a sealed bottle of perfume containing the poison, continues to suffer from the physical and emotional effects.
As they fell ill, both were also caught up in the stigma around homelessness and addiction.
“Dawn Sturgess was the only victim to actually have died from Novichok – an innocent woman caught up in geo-political games,” said MyAnna Buring, who plays Sturgess in The Salisbury Poisoning, due to be screened next week on BBC One.
“Yet so often in the press she was reduced to a tagline of ‘homeless addict’. That was absolutely not the case.