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Claire Danes and co-star Tom Hiddleston film scenes in a large field for The Essex Serpent 

Claire Danes sports Victorian dress as she and co-star Tom Hiddleston film scenes in a large field for The Essex Serpent

She has taken over from Hollywood star Keira Knightley in the lead role.  

And Claire Danes was joined by her co-star Tom Hiddleston as they filmed scenes for The Essex Serpent in Essex on Monday.

The actress, 41, transformed into a Victorian beauty as she donned a flowing red dress while shooting on location for the AppleTV+ series.

Filming: Claire Danes was joined by her co-star Tom Hiddleston as they filmed scenes for The Essex Serpent in Essex on Monday

Claire wrapped up with a cream shawl with a red floral print while her strawberry blonde locks were styled into an updo.

The Homeland star filmed a scene in a large field as members of the production crew could be seen sporting face masks nearby.

At one point, Claire kept warm by donning a blue padded coat in between takes. 

Tom’s character appeared to be injured as the actor could be seen sporting fake blood on his cheek for the scene. 

Location: Tom's character appeared to be injured as the actor could be seen sporting fake blood on his cheek for the scene

Location: Tom’s character appeared to be injured as the actor could be seen sporting fake blood on his cheek for the scene

Outfit: The actress, 41, transformed into a Victorian beauty as she donned a flowing red dress while shooting on location for the AppleTV+ series

Outfit: The actress, 41, transformed into a Victorian beauty as she donned a flowing red dress while shooting on location for the AppleTV+ series

Outfit: The actress, 41, transformed into a Victorian beauty as she donned a flowing red dress while shooting on location for the AppleTV+ series

The film star, 40, sported a dark brown coat along with a black jumper and brown trousers for the shoot.  

The programme follows Cora, a widow who moves from London to the Essex village of Aldwinter in search of a mythical sea creature.

Tom plays Will Ransome, the trusted leader of the local community .

Homeland star Claire replaced Keira Knightley in the role when the British actress had to withdraw for ‘family reasons’. 

Chilly; At one point, Claire kept warm by donning a blue padded coat in between takes

Chilly; At one point, Claire kept warm by donning a blue padded coat in between takes

Period drama: Tom sported a dark brown coat along with a black jumper and brown trousers for the shoot

Period drama: Tom sported a dark brown coat along with a black jumper and brown trousers for the shoot

Plot: The programme follows Cora, a widow who moves from London to the Essex village of Aldwinter in search of a mythical sea creature

Plot: The programme follows Cora, a widow who moves from London to the Essex village of Aldwinter in search of a mythical sea creature

Maldon District Council confirmed that filming would be taking place in the area, telling Essex Live in a statement: ‘We are delighted that the production company has chosen the Maldon District as one of their locations for a new six-part drama.

‘They have a sizeable base on Promenade Park, and they will minimise any disruption during their filming and ensure safety can be maintained at all times.

‘We would remind everyone that while this is clearly exciting, social distancing must still be maintained at all times.’

Clio Bernard is directing the series while writer Anna Symon is adapting Sarah Perry’s novel of the same name for the screen.

Replacement: Homeland star Claire replaced Keira Knightley in the role when the British actress had to withdraw for 'family reasons

Replacement: Homeland star Claire replaced Keira Knightley in the role when the British actress had to withdraw for ‘family reasons

Shoot: Maldon District Council confirmed that filming would be taking place in the area

Shoot: Maldon District Council confirmed that filming would be taking place in the area

Shoot: Maldon District Council confirmed that filming would be taking place in the area 

They said: 'They have a sizeable base on Promenade Park, and they will minimise any disruption during their filming and ensure safety can be maintained at all times'

They said: ‘They have a sizeable base on Promenade Park, and they will minimise any disruption during their filming and ensure safety can be maintained at all times’

The release date for The Essex Serpent is likely to be next year. 

TV star Tom will next be seen as his Marvel character Loki in an upcoming spin-off series which sees him travel through time and alter human history after stealing the Tesseract during the events of Avengers: Endgame.

Tom’s Loki has been one of the longest-running recurring castmembers in Marvel’s connected film universe, starting with Thor in 2011.

Adaptation: Clio Bernard is directing the series while writer Anna Symon is adapting Sarah Perry's novel of the same name for the screen

Adaptation: Clio Bernard is directing the series while writer Anna Symon is adapting Sarah Perry’s novel of the same name for the screen

Release: The release date for The Essex Serpent is likely to be next year

Release: The release date for The Essex Serpent is likely to be next year

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