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Keeley Hawes PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Actress looks in high spirits as she films The Durrells in Corfu

The season finale of Bodyguard left fans wondering if she could still make a return in her role as Home Secretary Julia Montague. 

Yet the gripping political thriller seemed to be far from Keeley Hawes’ mind as she filmed episodes for The Durrells in Corfu on Monday.

Joined by her co-star Yorgos Karamihos, the 42-year-old actress couldn’t look further away from her stoic role in the just-wrapped BBC thriller as she collapsed in giggles on the set. 

Loving life: The Bodyguard finale seemed to be far from Keeley Hawes’ mind as she filmed episodes for The Durrells in Corfu on Sunday with Yorgos Karamihos

Dressed in 1930s attire, the actress looked wonderful in a baby pink button down dress that complemented her tanned complexion. 

The star paired her period look with a pair of white heels, while layering up in a coat that exact shade of her vintage gown.

She also donned a floppy straw hat with floral applique, her locks were coiffed into a style typical of the era, set perfectly in elegant waves, while adding a vibrant slick of red lipstick. 

All-smiles: Joined by her co-star Yorgos, the 42-year-old actress couldn't look further away from her stoic role in the just-wrapped BBC thriller as she collapsed in giggle on the set

All-smiles: Joined by her co-star Yorgos, the 42-year-old actress couldn’t look further away from her stoic role in the just-wrapped BBC thriller as she collapsed in giggle on the set

Whole new role: The season finale of Bodyguard left fans wondering if she could still make a return in her role as Home Secretary Julia Montague

Whole new role: The season finale of Bodyguard left fans wondering if she could still make a return in her role as Home Secretary Julia Montague

Keeley plays a widowed mother who moves her children to the Greek island in BBC comedy series The Durrells, which is currently filming its fourth season. 

The BAFTA-nominated actress recently admitted that she and the cast of The Durrells are now recognised by Corfu’s residents after filming three series on the island.

Speaking of the stir filming has caused to locals, she said: ‘People are always very pleased to see us.

‘And now the series has been going for a few years, when people see the production trucks, they know exactly what it is. There’s lots of shouts of, “Oh Mrs Durrell, Mrs Durrell!” 

Chatting away: Keeley seemed in good spirits as she spoke with her co-star who was dapper in a grey suit and matching trilby 

Chatting away: Keeley seemed in good spirits as she spoke with her co-star who was dapper in a grey suit and matching trilby 

Late night? Keeley may have stayed up to watch the gripping drama as she seemed a bit tired

Late night? Keeley may have stayed up to watch the gripping drama as she seemed a bit tired

Pretty in pink: Dressed in 1930s attire, the actress looked wonderful in a baby pink button down dress that complemented her tanned complexion

Pretty in pink: Dressed in 1930s attire, the actress looked wonderful in a baby pink button down dress that complemented her tanned complexion

Stylish: The star paired her period look with a pair of white heels, while layering up in a coat that exact shade of her vintage gown

Stylish: The star paired her period look with a pair of white heels, while layering up in a coat that exact shade of her vintage gown

Three's company: Keeley was also joined by co-star Anna Savva who donned all-black 

Three’s company: Keeley was also joined by co-star Anna Savva who donned all-black 

She added: ‘It’s just very nice. Always a really positive thing.’ She added: ‘Sometimes people have been looking for us.’

‘I went to Corfu Airport to go home for the weekend and was queuing to get on the plane when a lady came up to me with her little girl and said, ‘We’ve been searching for you for 10 days and now we’ve found you!’

The comedy-drama is and adaptation of writer and naturalist Gerald Durrell’s childhood memoir My Family And Other Animals, and its two sequels, sees Keeley play Gerald’s mother Louisa.

Hat's a good look! Keeley wore a floppy straw hat with floral applique, her locks were coiffed into a style typical of the era, set perfectly in elegant waves

Hat’s a good look! Keeley wore a floppy straw hat with floral applique, her locks were coiffed into a style typical of the era, set perfectly in elegant waves

Gorgeous! Keeley donned a slick of glossy red lipstick on her plump pout 

Gorgeous! Keeley donned a slick of glossy red lipstick on her plump pout 

Girls on film! Keeley beamed broadly for the camera as she filmed her scenes 

Girls on film! Keeley beamed broadly for the camera as she filmed her scenes 

Chatting away: The cast and crew all seemed to be in high spirits on the day as they filmed 

Chatting away: The cast and crew all seemed to be in high spirits on the day as they filmed 

Excuse me? Keeley seemed rather confused as her co-star began flapping his arms around 

Excuse me? Keeley seemed rather confused as her co-star began flapping his arms around 

The role is worlds away from that on BBC drama series Bodyguard, which aired its season finale on Sunday night and is the most watched drama in a decade.

The audience for last night’s finale peaked at 11million, making it the biggest TV drama since Downton Abbey.

The programme has gripped the nation in recent weeks, pulling in a bigger audience than any other show this year other than the World Cup, making the Sunday night show the focus of Monday morning conversations in workplaces across the UK.

Its nail-biting BBC1 final instalment drew an average of 10.4million and a 47.9 per cent share – the biggest overnight figure for the entire series.

Chirpy: Keeley seemed to be in excellent spirits, beaming broadly and laughing as they filmed 

Chirpy: Keeley seemed to be in excellent spirits, beaming broadly and laughing as they filmed 

Keeley played Home Secretary Julia Montague in the gripping series, and whilst her character was believed to have died in the third episode, it’s now been claimed she could return if a second series is commissioned. 

Several fans claimed to have spotted Julia during the series finale, saying that she was the brunette women at the window when David Budd (Richard Madden) confronted Chief Superintendent Lorraine Craddock (Pippa Haywood) and crime boss Luke Aitkens (Matt Stokoe).

Whilst the woman in question appears to be another actress, fans won’t know for sure if Julia is set to return unless a second season of the hit show is commissioned, 

Is that Julia? Several fans claimed to have spotted Julia during the Bodyguard series finale, saying that she was the brunette women at the window

Is that Julia? Several fans claimed to have spotted Julia during the Bodyguard series finale, saying that she was the brunette women at the window

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