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Eleanor Tomlinson FINALLY starts filming for season 2 of The Offenders in Bristol


Eleanor Tomlinson has finally been seen on set of The Offenders, despite filming for season 2 being underway for a few weeks.

The actress was seen on location in Bristol with co-stars Christopher Walken and Stephen Merchant, having been replaced by a stand-in until now.

The former-Poldark starlet, 29, looked pretty in a floral blouse, tied in at the waist with a sash. 

On location: Eleanor Tomlinson has finally been seen on set of The Offenders, despite filming for season 2 being underway for a few weeks

She donned a sweeping black skirt which fell to her ankles, and added wedge peep-toe heels to the look tied with a red ribbon.

Eleanor wore her russet mane in gentle waves around her features and her costume was decorated with various items of statement jewelery.

She added porcelain make-up to complete the ensemble, with deft brushes of bronzer.

She was seen chatting to cast and crew on the set in the bright sunshine, sharing a laugh with her colleagues. 

Getting to work: The former-Poldark starlet, 29, looked pretty in a floral blouse, tied in at the waist with a sash

Getting to work: The former-Poldark starlet, 29, looked pretty in a floral blouse, tied in at the waist with a sash

New scenes: The actress was seen on location in Bristol with co-star Christopher Walken

Co-star: Stephen Merchant was also on set

New scenes: The actress was seen on location in Bristol with co-stars Christopher Walken [L] and Stephen Merchant [R]

Absent: She had been replaced with a stand-in until now

Absent: She had been replaced with a stand-in until now

Classic look: She added wedge peep-toe heels to the look tied with a red ribbons

Chic: She donned a sweeping black skirt which fell to her ankles

Chic: She donned a sweeping black skirt which fell to her ankles, and added wedge peep-toe heels to the look tied with a red ribbon

Into character: Eleanor wore her russet mane in gentle waves around her features and her costume was decorated with various items of statement jewelery

Into character: Eleanor wore her russet mane in gentle waves around her features and her costume was decorated with various items of statement jewelery

The cast were seen at a funfair, with bright bunting strewn around above them.

Stephen was seen with a painted face, sporting a snout and red lips.

78-year-old Hollywood star Christopher, who plays Frank – ‘an inveterate scoundrel trying to reconnect with his family’ – in the series, was seen being led to the set by a member of the crew. 

Also on set was former EastEnder Claire Perkins who plays one of the seven offenders. 

Beauty: She added porcelain make-up to complete the ensemble, with deft brushes of bronzer

Beauty: She added porcelain make-up to complete the ensemble, with deft brushes of bronzer

In good company: She was seen chatting to cast and crew on the set in the bright sunshine, sharing a laugh with her colleagues

In good company: She was seen chatting to cast and crew on the set in the bright sunshine, sharing a laugh with her colleagues

Setting: The cast were seen at a funfair, with bright bunting strewn around above them

Setting: The cast were seen at a funfair, with bright bunting strewn around above them

On set: Actor Christophe was spotted filming scenes with the others

On set: Actor Christophe was spotted filming scenes with the others

The show focuses on seven strangers forced together to complete a community payback sentence in Bristol.

The show is new to the BBC and Amazon Prime, with season one yet to air this year, and season two already being shot. 

The Office co-creator Stephen wrote the show, with absent Eleanor playing Gabby, an ‘aristocratic celebutante whose glamour and life of leisure masks deep-rooted problems’.

In a recent interview, she said of her character: ‘Gabby is a social-media influencer with a drink and drug problem.

All made up: Stephen was seen with a painted face, sporting a snout and red lips

All made up: Stephen was seen with a painted face, sporting a snout and red lips

New show: The show is new to the BBC and Amazon Prime, with season one yet to air this year, and season two already being shot

New show: The show is new to the BBC and Amazon Prime, with season one yet to air this year, and season two already being shot

Back-to-back: The show is new to the BBC and Amazon Prime, with season one yet to air this year, and season two already being shot

‘She is wild and uncontrollable and, without being unkind, blissfully unaware of the lives of others around her, which makes her outrageously funny to play.’

Filming began last year but was postponed because of Covid.

Discussing his forthcoming series, Merchant – who comes from Bristol, where the show is based – admitted production was initially hampered by the spread of coronavirus in 2020.

He told The Sun: ‘Like so many other productions, we’d just begun filming when COVID-19 struck and we had to shut-down. 

Scribe: The Office co-creator Stephen wrote the show

Tuck in: Walken snacked between scenes

 Scribe: The Office co-creator Stephen wrote the show

Newcomer: Also on set was former EastEnder Claire Perkins who plays one of the seven offenders

Newcomer: Also on set was former EastEnder Claire Perkins who plays one of the seven offenders

‘I’m delighted that we’re now finally able to resume filming with this incredible cast and finish this long-standing passion project.

‘This is the first series I’ve made in my hometown of Bristol and I’m so excited to showcase the city and utilise the amazing local talent.’

Filming ground to a halt after just 12 days due to health concerns, but work has since continued in earnest as Britain’s third national lockdown starts to ease.

Reflecting on the BBC’s unorthodox decision to commission a second series before gauging the popularity of the first, producer Kenton Allen told Deadline: ‘We said, ‘We’ll write Season 2 if you commission Season 2′. We were able to rewrite Season 1 to reflect what we know is going to happen to the characters in Season 2. We were able to deepen it and layer it.’

Veteran: 78-year-old Hollywood star Christopher, plays Frank - 'an inveterate scoundrel trying to reconnect with his family'

Veteran: 78-year-old Hollywood star Christopher, who plays Frank – ‘an inveterate scoundrel trying to reconnect with his family’ – in the series, was seen being led to the set by a member of the crew



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