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Claire Danes dons Victorian dress as she transforms into widow Cora while filming The Essex Serpent 


Claire Danes transformed into her character, a widow named Cora, as she filmed scenes for The Essex Serpent in Essex on Thursday.

The actress, 42, was joined by her co-star Christopher Fairbank, 67, for the scene which took place outside a country cottage.

Claire wore a grey floor length dress in keeping with the Victorian era of which the series is set.

On location: Claire Danes transformed into her character, a widow named Cora, as she filmed scenes for The Essex Serpent in Essex on Thursday

The garment featured long sleeves and padded shoulders while the star’s waist appeared to be cinched with a corset.

Claire’s strawberry blonde locks were styled into an updo as she filmed alongside Christopher.

Claire also appeared to be joined by a younger actor who sported a black jacket and brown trousers for the scene.

The actors were surrounded by members of the crew who all sported face masks for the duration of filming.  

Filming: The actress, 42, was joined by her co-star Christopher Fairbank, 67, for the scene which took place outside a country cottage

Filming: The actress, 42, was joined by her co-star Christopher Fairbank, 67, for the scene which took place outside a country cottage

The programme follows Cora, a widow who moves from London to the Essex village of Aldwinter in search of a mythical sea creature.

Tom Hiddleston plays Will Ransome, the trusted leader of the local community.

Mother-of-two Claire, who is married to British actor Hugh Dancy, replaced Keira Knightley in the role when the actress had to withdraw for ‘family reasons’.

A representative for the star confirmed that she decided to pull out of the project over childcare concerns for two daughters, Edie and Delilah

Costume: Claire wore a grey floor length dress in keeping with the Victorian era of which the series is set

Costume: Claire wore a grey floor length dress in keeping with the Victorian era of which the series is set

Outfit: The garment featured long sleeves and padded shoulders while the star's waist appeared to be cinched with a corset

Outfit: The garment featured long sleeves and padded shoulders while the star’s waist appeared to be cinched with a corset

The spokesperson told the Daily Mail at the time: ‘There wasn’t a comfortable scenario for Keira that could be put in place for an extended period of childcare required for the four-and-a-half-month production.’

Maldon District Council confirmed that filming would be taking place in the area, telling Essex Live in a statement: ‘We are delighted that the production company has chosen the Maldon District as one of their locations for a new six-part drama.

‘They have a sizeable base on Promenade Park, and they will minimise any disruption during their filming and ensure safety can be maintained at all times.

‘We would remind everyone that while this is clearly exciting, social distancing must still be maintained at all times.’

Action: Claire also appeared to be joined by a younger actor who sported a black jacket and brown trousers for the scene

Action: Claire also appeared to be joined by a younger actor who sported a black jacket and brown trousers for the scene

Not long after arriving, Cora becomes intrigued by a local superstition: a mythical sea serpent known as the Essex Serpent that has returned to the area.

The See-Saw production is being directed by Clio Barnard, who’s best known for her work on film The Selfish Giant (2013), and produced by Andrea Cornwell.

Anna Symon will serve as the lead writer. Her resume includes penning the British historical drama series, Mrs. Wilson (2018).

Plot: The programme follows Cora, a widow who moves from London to the Essex village of Aldwinter in search of a mythical sea creature

Plot: The programme follows Cora, a widow who moves from London to the Essex village of Aldwinter in search of a mythical sea creature

Both Barnard and Symon will also play serve as executive producers alongside Jamie Laurenson, Patrick Walters, Hakan Kousetta, Emile Sherman, and Iain Canning, according to Deadline.

Apple gave the green light and ordered The Essex Serpent to series in August 2020.

While it has yet to be announced, the release date for The Essex Serpent is expected to be next year.

Change: Mother-of-two Claire, who is married to British actor Hugh Dancy, replaced Keira Knightley in the role when the actress had to withdraw for 'family reasons'

Change: Mother-of-two Claire, who is married to British actor Hugh Dancy, replaced Keira Knightley in the role when the actress had to withdraw for ‘family reasons’



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