Claire Danes cuts an elegant figure while filming outdoor scenes for The Essex Serpent

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Claire Danes cuts an elegant figure in a striking Victorian dress while filming outdoor scenes for The Essex Serpent as crew members fuss over her hair and makeup

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 cut an elegant figure wearing eye-catching Victorian dress for her role as Cora in the upcoming period drama while filming in London on Sunday.

The actress, 42, was joined by other co-stars and members of the production crew who managed to see her hair in between takes.

Filming: Claire Danes cut an elegant figure wearing eye-catching Victorian dress for her role as Cora in the upcoming period drama The Essex Serpent

Production: The star was also joined by actors Jamael Westman and Frank Dillane and at one point you could see her hair and makeup being reapplied before the scene started

Production: The star was also joined by actors Jamael Westman and Frank Dillane and at one point you could see her hair and makeup being reapplied before the scene started

Claire donned a black dress with textured shoulders and long sleeves, along with a flowing skirt with a pleated detail.

The star also wore a teal scarf and black hat while carrying a large brown bag while filming an outdoor scene.

Claire was joined by actors Jamael Westman and Frank Dillane and a child actor for one shot, while her strawberry blonde hair was styled into an updo.

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

Outfit: Claire wore a black dress with textured shoulders and long sleeves, along with a flowing skirt with a pleated detail

Outfit: Claire wore a black dress with textured shoulders and long sleeves, along with a flowing skirt with a pleated detail

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.”

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.

On Loacation: The actress was joined by other co-stars and members of the production crew as she filmed scenes for the AppleTV + series in London on Sunday

On Loacation: The actress was joined by other co-stars and members of the production crew as she filmed scenes for the AppleTV + series in London on Sunday

‘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.

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

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

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 go-ahead 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.

Co-star: Actor Frank Dillane, whose character has yet to be revealed, was also spotted during filming

Co-star: Actor Frank Dillane, whose character has yet to be revealed, was also spotted during filming

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