Claire Danes films boat scenes with co-star Frank Dillane on the set of The Essex Serpent

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She has been taken on from Hollywood star Keira Knightley.

And Claire Danes appeared in good spirits as she continued filming for The Essex Serpent off the coast of Mersea Island on Wednesday.

The Homeland star, 41, transformed into a Victorian beauty in an elegant gray outfit as she smiled with co-star Frank Dillane for the Apple + TV series.

Busy bee: Claire Danes appeared in good spirits as she continued filming for The Essex Serpent off the coast of Mersea Island on Wednesday

Busy bee: Claire Danes appeared in good spirits as she continued filming for The Essex Serpent off the coast of Mersea Island on Wednesday

Claire’s character Cora wore a textured gray sweater and matching pants, inspired by the Victorian period.

The historical costume was finished with a tailored striped puff sleeve coat and a brown hat.

Claire’s blonde locks were styled into a folded back haircut, adding just a layer of makeup to enhance her radiant complexion.

Elsewhere, Frank, 29, whose character has yet to be revealed, looked dapper in a crisp white shirt and black waistcoat.

Amazing: The Homeland star, 41, transformed into a Victorian beauty in an elegant gray outfit while laughing with her co-star Frank Dillane for the Apple + TV series

Amazing: The Homeland star, 41, transformed into a Victorian beauty in an elegant gray outfit while laughing with her co-star Frank Dillane for the Apple + TV series

Amazing: The Homeland star, 41, transformed into a Victorian beauty in an elegant gray outfit while laughing with her co-star Frank Dillane for the Apple + TV series

Brave: Elsewhere, Frank, 29, whose character has yet to be revealed, looked dapper in a crisp white shirt and black waistcoat

Brave: Elsewhere, Frank, 29, whose character has yet to be revealed, looked dapper in a crisp white shirt and black waistcoat

Details: The actor topped off his look with matching pants, tie and pork pie hat for the day of filming

Details: The actor topped off his look with matching pants, tie and pork pie hat for the day of filming

Brave: Elsewhere, Frank, 29, whose character has yet to be revealed, looked dapper in a crisp white shirt and black waistcoat

Costume: Claire's character Cora wore a textured gray sweater and matching pants, inspired by the Victorian period

Costume: Claire's character Cora wore a textured gray sweater and matching pants, inspired by the Victorian period

Costume: Claire’s character Cora wore a textured gray sweater and matching pants, inspired by the Victorian period

The actor topped off his look with matching pants, a tie and a pork pie hat for the day of filming.

Claire and Frank seemed cheerful when they laughed and received instructions from the crew on a boat next to them.

Claire replaced Keira Knightley in The Essex Serpent in February, with first-look portrayals of the star in character released last week.

She wore a high-necked velvet dress and her hair in an elegant up-do, while portraying the newly widowed protagonist Cora.

Details: The historical costume was finished with a tailored striped puff sleeve coat

Details: The historical costume was finished with a tailored striped puff sleeve coat

Details: She finished the costume with a brown hat

Details: She finished the costume with a brown hat

Details: The historical costume was finished with a tailored striped puff sleeve coat and a brown hat

Radiant: Claire's blonde locks were styled in a folded back hairstyle, she just added a layer of makeup to enhance her radiant complexion

Radiant: Claire's blonde locks were styled in a folded back hairstyle, she just added a layer of makeup to enhance her radiant complexion

Radiant: Claire’s blonde locks were styled in a folded back hairstyle, she just added a layer of makeup to enhance her radiant complexion

Replaced: Claire replaced Keira Knightley in The Essex Serpent in February, with first-look images of the star in character released last week

Replaced: Claire replaced Keira Knightley in The Essex Serpent in February, with first-look images of the star in character released last week

Replaced: Claire replaced Keira Knightley in The Essex Serpent in February, with first-look images of the star in character released last week

Exciting times: she wore a high-necked velvet dress and her hair in an elegant up-do as she portrayed the newly widowed protagonist Cora

Exciting times: she wore a high-necked velvet dress and her hair in an elegant up-do as she portrayed the newly widowed protagonist Cora

Exciting times: she wore a high-necked velvet dress and her hair in an elegant up-do as she portrayed the newly widowed protagonist Cora

The series follows Claire’s character as she moves from Victorian London to a small Essex village after leaving an abusive marriage.

She chooses to move to the town of Aldwinter after being intrigued by a local superstition that a creature known as The Essex Serpent lives in the area.

Based on Sarah Perry’s novel of the same name, Claire will also be joined onscreen by Tom Hiddleston, 40.

Premise: The series follows Claire's character as she moves from Victorian London to a small Essex village after leaving an abusive marriage.

Premise: The series follows Claire's character as she moves from Victorian London to a small Essex village after leaving an abusive marriage.

Premise: The series follows Claire’s character as she moves from Victorian London to a small Essex village after leaving an abusive marriage.

Location: She chooses to move to the town of Aldwinter after being intrigued by a local superstition that a creature known as The Essex Serpent lives in the area

Location: She chooses to move to the town of Aldwinter after being intrigued by a local superstition that a creature known as The Essex Serpent lives in the area

Location: She chooses to move to the town of Aldwinter after being intrigued by a local superstition that a creature known as The Essex Serpent lives in the area

Star-studded: Based on Sarah Perry's novel of the same name, Claire will also be joined onscreen by Tom Hiddleston, 40

Star-studded: Based on Sarah Perry's novel of the same name, Claire will also be joined onscreen by Tom Hiddleston, 40

Star-studded: Based on Sarah Perry’s novel of the same name, Claire will also be joined onscreen by Tom Hiddleston, 40

Cast: Tom plays Will Ransome, the trusted leader of the local community and can be seen in an image from the series wearing a brown jacket and black jersey

Cast: Tom plays Will Ransome, the trusted leader of the local community and can be seen in an image from the series wearing a brown jacket and black jersey

Cast: Tom plays Will Ransome, the trusted leader of the local community and can be seen in an image from the series wearing a brown jacket and black jersey

The Night Manager actor looked good in character in the newly released images while donning his reverend costume.

Tom plays Will Ransome, the trusted leader of the local community and can be seen in an image from the series wearing a brown jacket and black sweater.

Variety reported in February that Claire would be taking the lead role on the show after Keira left the project last October due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pandemic: Variety reported in February that Claire would be taking the lead role on the show after Keira left the project last October due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pandemic: Variety reported in February that Claire would be taking the lead role on the show after Keira left the project last October due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pandemic: Variety reported in February that Claire would be taking the lead role on the show after Keira left the project last October due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Crew: Clio Bernard will direct the series while writer Anna Symon is editing the novel for the screen

Crew: Clio Bernard will direct the series while writer Anna Symon is editing the novel for the screen

Crew: Clio Bernard will direct the series while writer Anna Symon is editing the novel for the screen

Clio Bernard will direct the series, while writer Anna Symon is editing the novel for the screen.

Tom will then be seen as his Marvel character Loki in an upcoming spin-off series in which he travels through time and changes human history after stealing the Tesseract during the events of Avengers: Endgame.

Actor Loki is one of the longest-running recurring characters in the Marvel connected film universe, starting with Thor in 2011.

Filming: Claire and Frank seemed cheerful as they laughed

Filming: Claire and Frank seemed cheerful as they laughed

Direction: They were instructed by the crew on a boat next to them

Direction: They were instructed by the crew on a boat next to them

Filming: Claire and Frank seemed cheerful when they laughed and received instructions from the crew on a boat next to them

Wow: The footage had an impressive crew setup as they parked next to the duo in a boat to give directions

Wow: The shoots had an impressive crew setup as they parked next to the duo in a boat to give directions

Wow: The shoots had an impressive crew setup as they parked next to the duo in a boat to give directions

Impressive: The film crew followed the two stars as they shoot picturesque scenes for the upcoming film

Impressive: The film crew followed the two stars as they shoot picturesque scenes for the upcoming film

Impressive: The film crew followed the two stars as they shoot picturesque scenes for the upcoming film