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Lily James is seen filming BBC’s period romance The Pursuit of Love for the first time

Lily James has been spotted on-set for the first time filming BBC’s latest adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s sweeping romance novel The Pursuit of Love.

The actress, 31, was transformed into a 1940s beauty as she filmed at the Dinton Park and Philipps House in Salisbury for the series which tells the comedic story of an upper-class English family coping with life between the First and Second World War. 

Lily will star alongside Fleabag’s Andrew Scott, Emily Beecham and Dominic West in the series which will focus on two cousins with increasingly different views on love and their dream partner, causing friction during a time of political unrest.

Screen siren: Lily James, 31, has been spotted on-set for the first time filming BBC’s latest adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s sweeping romance novel The Pursuit of Love

Lily was transformed into a young 20th Century beauty as she styled her brunette tresses into neat curls while dressed in a brown midi skirt and cream blouse.

The Mamma Mia star was seen chatting to the cast as they prepared to film more scenes outside the county house, with some actors dressed in traditional Second World War uniform.

Stopping for lunch, Lily was seen carrying takeout boxes to some of the crew members as they relaxed outside the house. 

New show: The actress was transformed into a 1940s beauty as she filmed at the Dinton Park and Philipps House in Salisbury

New show: The actress was transformed into a 1940s beauty as she filmed at the Dinton Park and Philipps House in Salisbury

Prim and proper: Lily styled her brunette tresses into neat curls while dressed in a brown midi skirt and cream blouse

Prim and proper: Lily styled her brunette tresses into neat curls while dressed in a brown midi skirt and cream blouse

Lavish: The Mamma Mia star was seen chatting to the cast as they prepared to film more scenes outside the county house

Lavish: The Mamma Mia star was seen chatting to the cast as they prepared to film more scenes outside the county house

Star-studded: Lily will star alongside Fleabag's Andrew Scott, Emily Beecham and Dominic West in the series

Star-studded: Lily will star alongside Fleabag’s Andrew Scott, Emily Beecham and Dominic West in the series

Back to work: As the cast stopped for lunch Lily was seen chatting to her co-star, who donned a smart brown skirt suit

Back to work: As the cast stopped for lunch Lily was seen chatting to her co-star, who donned a smart brown skirt suit

Lily will star in the series as Linda Radlett, the stunning daughter of a rich family who suffers a turbulent journey to finding her true love during the interwar years.

First falling for a snooty Tory politician, she then forms a romance with a stanch Communist, followed by a French duke.

Meanwhile her cousin Fanny Logan, who is played by Emily in the series, is keen to find a steady life by settling down with a reliable husband.

Exciting: Lily will star in the series as Linda Radlett, the stunning daughter of a rich family who suffers a turbulent journey to finding her true love during the interwar years

Exciting: Lily will star in the series as Linda Radlett, the stunning daughter of a rich family who suffers a turbulent journey to finding her true love during the interwar years

Love drama: First falling for a snooty Tory politician, she then forms a romance with a stanch Communist, followed by a French duke

Love drama: First falling for a snooty Tory politician, she then forms a romance with a stanch Communist, followed by a French duke

Conflicting views: Meanwhile her cousin Fanny Logan is played by Emily Beecham in the series

At odds: Fanny is keen to find a steady life by settling down with a reliable husband

Conflicting views: Meanwhile her cousin Fanny Logan, who is played by Emily Beecham in the series, is keen to find a steady life by settling down with a reliable husband

At odds: The pair's varying views on love and relationships sees their lives head in different directions, at a time when the nation is becoming more and more politically divided

At odds: The pair’s varying views on love and relationships sees their lives head in different directions, at a time when the nation is becoming more and more politically divided

Classic novel: The Pursuit Of Love was penned by Nancy Mitford in 1945, and she went onto write two sequels, Love in a Cold Climate in 1949 and Don't Tell Alfred in 1960

Classic novel: The Pursuit Of Love was penned by Nancy Mitford in 1945, and she went onto write two sequels, Love in a Cold Climate in 1949 and Don’t Tell Alfred in 1960

The pair’s varying views on love and relationships sees their lives head in different directions, at a time when the nation is becoming more and more politically divided.

The Pursuit Of Love was penned by Nancy Mitford in 1945, and she went onto write two sequels, Love in a Cold Climate in 1949 and Don’t Tell Alfred in 1960.

Filming for the series had originally to begin in the spring, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Eventually production resumed in July in Somerset, with Bridget Jones’s Diary’s Dolly Wells, White House Farm’s Freddie Fox and Penny Dreadful’s Shazad Latif joining the cast.

On hold: Filming for the series had originally to begin in the spring, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 crisis

On hold: Filming for the series had originally to begin in the spring, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 crisis

Grand cast: Production resumed in July in Somerset, with Bridget Jones's Diary's Dolly Wells, White House Farm's Freddie Fox and Penny Dreadful's Shazad Latif joining the cast

Grand cast: Production resumed in July in Somerset, with Bridget Jones’s Diary’s Dolly Wells, White House Farm’s Freddie Fox and Penny Dreadful’s Shazad Latif joining the cast

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