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Claire Danes is pictured in stunning Victorian garb as she films The Essex Serpent in London 

From Homeland to the Docklands! US actress Claire Danes is pictured in stunning Victorian garb as she films The Essex Serpent in London

She was a last-minute addition to the cast of gothic costume drama The Essex Serpent after Keira Knightley pulled out.

But Claire Danes looked just the part when she was pictured filming the TV adaptation of the popular novel on the banks of the Thames in Wapping, east London.

The American actress, 41, is best known for playing CIA officer Carrie Mathison in hit American political thriller Homeland.

She has replaced Miss Knightley, 35, in the new production because of the British star’s concerns about finding childcare during the pandemic for her two small daughters.

Pictures show Miss Danes in Victorian clothes as lead character Cora Seaborne, wearing a long black skirt and top, gloves and a muffler

Claire Danes looked just the part when she was pictured filming the TV adaptation of the popular novel on the banks of the Thames in Wapping, east London

Claire Danes looked just the part when she was pictured filming the TV adaptation of the popular novel on the banks of the Thames in Wapping, east London

Pictures show Miss Danes in Victorian clothes as lead character Cora Seaborne, wearing a long black skirt and top, gloves and a muffler.

It is Miss Danes’s first project since Homeland ended. 

The Essex Serpent is being made for Apple TV+ by See-Saw Films, the company which made The King’s Speech.

The series is based on Sarah Perry’s 2016 novel about widow Cora who, freed from her abusive husband, moves to Essex with her son in 1893 and becomes interested in rumours about a mythical serpent that is said to have returned to the area.

The American actress, 41, is best known for playing CIA officer Carrie Mathison (pictured second right) in hit American political thriller Homeland

The American actress, 41, is best known for playing CIA officer Carrie Mathison (pictured second right) in hit American political thriller Homeland

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