Earlier this year, it was announced that she had joined the cast of The Essex Serpent, months after fellow actress Keira Knightley left the TV project.
And Claire Danes was recently spotted shooting scenes for the upcoming AppleTV + series braving the chilly weather of Essex’s Mersea Island.
The American movie star, who turns 42 Monday, looked chic in her Victorian-era costume, which she topped with a quilted blue coat to keep warm between takes.
Getting into Character: Claire Danes has recently been spotted shooting scenes for The Essex Serpent
The Emmy-winning Homeland star was the image of elegance in her costume, which consisted of a textured gray striped coat over a matching dress.
With her strawberry blonde locks styled in a curly updo, the New York resident saw her way across a wide open field as cameras captured the action.
She also wore a pristine white dress, which she paired with a long dark coat and matching boots – though she was covered in a blanket between takes.
The program follows Cora, a widow who moves from London to the village of Aldwinter in Essex in search of a mythical sea creature.
It’s a cover: the fencer, 41, covered in a blue padded jacket and a blanket between shots
Big production: A big van followed the actress as she made her way to a large open field
Casting: Earlier this year, it was announced that she had joined the cast of The Essex Serpent
Replaced: She replaced Keira Knightley, who quit the TV project months in advance
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 retire for ‘family reasons’.
A representative for the star confirmed she decided to withdraw from the project due to concerns about childcare for two daughters, Edie and Delilah.
The spokesman told the Daily Mail at the time, “There was no 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.”
Basket: She was seen carrying a basket as she made her way across a field on Mersea Island
Image of Elegance: The Emmy-winning Homeland star was the image of elegance in her costume, which consisted of a textured gray striped coat over a matching dress
Close-up: The star was surrounded by the production team as she prepared for her close-up
Hair We Go Again: The New York native’s strawberry blonde locks were styled into a curly updo
Covered: At one point, the actress flipped up the hood of her jacket for rolling cameras
Maldon District Council confirmed that filming would take place in the area and told 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 quite a base at Promenade Park and they will minimize any inconvenience during filming and ensure safety can be maintained at all times.
‘We want to remind everyone that while this is clearly exciting, social distance must be maintained at all times.’
Set in the Victorian era of the 1890s, the drama follows Cora Seaborne (Danes), a newly widow who enjoys her newfound freedom from an abusive husband, who moves from London to a small village in Essex.
Not long after her arrival, she becomes intrigued by a local superstition: a mythical sea serpent, known as the Essex Serpent, who has returned to the area.
Plot: The program follows Cora, a widow who moves from London to the village of Aldwinter in Essex in search of a mythical sea creature
Elements: To make sure she was fully protected from the elements, she also wore gloves
Take action: the screen star was between the camera crew during the filming
Freedom: Set in the Victorian era of the 1890s, the drama follows Cora Seaborne (Danes), a newly widow who enjoys her newfound freedom from an abusive husband
The See-Saw production is directed by Clio Barnard, best known for her work on The Selfish Giant (2013), and produced by Andrea Cornwell.
Anna Symon will serve as the lead writer. Her resume includes the British historical drama series, Mrs. Wilson (2018).
Both Barnard and Symon will also act 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 for series in August 2020.
While it has yet to be announced, the release date for The Essex Serpent is expected next year.
It will be completely white at night: the American star was also seen wearing a pristine white dress
Stylish ensemble: she paired her dress with a long dark coat and matching boots – although she covers a blanket between takes
Mysticism: Not long after arriving in Essex from London, she becomes intrigued by a local superstition: a mythical sea serpent known as the Essex Serpent who has returned to the area
At the helm: See-Saw’s production is directed by Clio Barnard, best known for her work on The Selfish Giant (2013), and produced by Andrea Cornwell
Coming to a screen near you: although it has yet to be announced, the release date for The Essex Serpent is expected next year