Gemma Arterton transforms into a Sixties beauty queen for series based on Nick ...

Gemma Arterton transforms into a Sixties beauty queen for series based on Nick ...
Gemma Arterton transforms into a Sixties beauty queen for series based on Nick ...

Gemma Arterton was every inch the Sixties beauty queen on the set of her new Sky Original show - a yet-unnamed adaptation of Nick Hornby's best-selling novel Funny Girl - on Thursday.

The former Bond girl, 35, donned a blonde beehive hairstyle that became an iconic look of the 1960s, while filming nightclub scenes at an old bank vault in Liverpool.

Dressed in a chic white coat and silk frock, the actress who plays charismatic Barbara Parker who holds the title of Miss Blackpool in the series - was seen making her way to a vintage-style car while surrounded by her co-stars and crew on the set. 

Latest role: Gemma Arterton (pictured) transformed into a Sixties beauty queen with a beehive hairstyle in nightclub scenes in Liverpool on Thursday - as she plays 'Miss Blackpool' for new show based on Nick Hornby's Funny Girl

Latest role: Gemma Arterton (pictured) transformed into a Sixties beauty queen with a beehive hairstyle in nightclub scenes in Liverpool on Thursday - as she plays 'Miss Blackpool' for new show based on Nick Hornby's Funny Girl

Gemma's makeup was reminiscent of the Sixties and much heavier than her usual look, consisting of a statement eyeshadow, kohl eyeliner and a bold lipstick.  

Her co-stars and extras in the series were seen making their way to the set, protecting their voluminous hairstyles with nets amid the wet and gloomy weather.  

Joining Gemma in the Blackpool-based miniseries will be Rupert Everett as Barbara's agent Brian Debehnam, David Threlfall as her father George, and Tom Bateman as dangerously charming actor Clive. 

Sixties siren: The former Bond girl, 35, donned a blonde beehive hairstyle that became an iconic look of the 1960s, while filming nightclub scenes at an old bank vault

Sixties siren: The former Bond girl, 35, donned a blonde beehive hairstyle that became an iconic look of the 1960s, while filming nightclub scenes at an old bank vault 

Back in the Sixties: Dressed in a chic white coat and silk frock, the actress who plays charismatic Barbara Parker who holds the title of Miss Blackpool in the series - was seen making her way to a vintage-style car while surrounded by her co-stars and crew on the set

Back in the Sixties: Dressed in a chic white coat and silk frock, the actress who plays charismatic Barbara Parker who holds the title of Miss Blackpool in the series - was seen making her way to a vintage-style car while surrounded by her co-stars and crew on the set 

In character: Gemma's makeup was reminiscent of the Sixties and much heavier than her usual look, consisting of a statement eyeshadow, kohl eyeliner and a bold lipstick

In character: Gemma's makeup was reminiscent of the Sixties and much heavier than her usual look, consisting of a statement eyeshadow, kohl eyeliner and a bold lipstick 

Fans will have to wait until next year to witness the spectacle where Barbara finds her comic voice in a male dominated world. Having upped-sticks in order to call London her home, the leading lady is offered a part in a ground-breaking new sitcom which will have an impact on British comedy for decades to come.

Gemma said: 'It's a heart-warming story of an ambitious woman with a dream of making people laugh – it's going to be something special. It's an honour to be working with such an incredible team and be reunited with my first ever director, Oliver Parker.' 

Also joining the cast is Emily Bevans, Leo Bill and Matthew Beard, alongside previously announced Clare-Hope Ashitey, Arsher Ali and Alexa Davies. 

Cast: Joining Gemma in the Blackpool-based miniseries will be Rupert Everett as Barbara's agent Brian Debehnam, David Threlfall as her father George, and Tom Bateman as dangerously charming actor Clive

Cast: Joining Gemma in the Blackpool-based miniseries will be Rupert Everett as Barbara's agent Brian Debehnam, David Threlfall as her father George, and Tom Bateman as dangerously charming actor Clive 

Making history: Having upped-sticks in order to call London her home, Barbara is offered a part in a ground-breaking new sitcom which will have an impact on British comedy for decades to come

Making history: Having upped-sticks in order to call London her home, Barbara is offered a part in a ground-breaking new sitcom which will have an impact on British comedy for decades to come 

Show-stopping: Earlier shots from the comedy series show the talented actress in-character as Barbara Parker, a charismatic young woman who holds the title of Miss Blackpool

Gorgeous: The BAFTA nominee's latest look is worlds away from her typical brunette beauty façade (pictured in 2020)

Gorgeous: Gemma's latest look is worlds away from her typical brunette beauty façade as, in true Swingin' Sixties style, the St. Trinian's star wears her luscious locks in an iconic beehive (pictured in character, left, and in 2019, right) 

While Gemma, who played Strawberry Fields in 2008's Quantum of Solace, is certainly excited about playing Barbara, last year she said of her Bond role that she would not pick a similar role for herself anymore.

The actress, from Kent, who had her big break when she was 21 with the Bond movie starring Daniel Craig, said her character didn't have much to do in the movie.

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