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Olivia Colman joins David Thewlis for new Sky drama Landscapers

Olivia Colman was worlds away from her regal role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown, as she transformed into killer Susan Edwards for new Sky drama Landscapers in Harlow, Essex, on Thursday. 

The Oscar-winning actress, 47, was seen sharing a giggle with onscreen husband David Thewlis, 58, as they they shot scenes for the upcoming series.

Olivia transformed into into killer Susan, who became notorious in 2014 after she was convicted of murdering her parents, while David is starring as Susan’s husband and accomplice Christopher.

Co-star: The Oscar-winning actress, 47, was seen sharing a giggle with onscreen husband David Thewlis, 58, as they they shot scenes for the upcoming series

Filming: Olivia Colman was worlds away from her regal role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown, as she transformed into killer Susan Edwards for new Sky drama Landscapers in Harlow, Essex, on Thursday

Shocking: Olivia transformed into into killer Susan, right, who became notorious in 2014 after she was convicted of murdering her parents, while David is starring as Susan's husband and accomplice Christopher, left

Shocking: Olivia transformed into into killer Susan, right, who became notorious in 2014 after she was convicted of murdering her parents, while David is starring as Susan’s husband and accomplice Christopher, left 

The actress channelled the dowdy Susan by sporting a brown bobbed wig, which she tucked under a grey beret, and a dark beige trench coat.

Olivia finished the look with a knitted jumper, brown handbag, light grey scarf and dark grey heels with nude tights for the day of filming.   

Elsewhere David transformed into killer Susan’s husband Christopher as he wore a dark grey suit with a white shirt, beige patterned tie and matching overcoat.

The Harry Potter star, best known for playing Remus Lupin in the film franchise, wore silver glasses similar to Christopher’s, he finished the look with dark brown brogues and a matching satchel. 

Pictured: Olivia in character as Susan

Pictured: The real killer Susan pictured in her police mugshot in 2014

Pictured: Olivia, left in character as Susan, and the real killer pictured, right, in her police mugshot 

Pictured: David in character as Christopher

Pictured: The real  accomplice Christopher pictured in his police mugshot in 2014

Pictured: David, left, in character as Christopher, and the real accomplice pictured, right, in his police mugshot 

Filming: Olivia and David were seen filming scenes together as the onscreen couple

Filming: Olivia and David were seen filming scenes together as the onscreen couple 

The duo appeared to be filming scenes at a market stall with David later seen making a phone call in character while Olivia as Susan checked out a cake stand. 

Landscapers took cautious measures amid the coronavirus pandemic as crew members were seen wearing protective face masks and visors during filming,   

The production is a family affair as the four-part drama, called Landscapers, is the first television screenplay written by Olivia’s husband Ed Sinclair.  

Susan and Christopher Edwards were jailed for life after shooting her parents in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, in 1998 and burying them in the garden, where they lay undiscovered for 15 years. 

Role: David transformed into killer Susan's husband Christopher as he wore a dark grey suit with a white shirt, beige patterned tie and matching overcoat

Details: The Harry Potter star, best known for playing Remus Lupin in the film franchise, wore silver glasses similar to Christopher's, he finished the look with dark brown brogues and a matching satchel

Role: David transformed into killer Susan’s husband Christopher as he wore a dark grey suit with a white shirt, beige patterned tie and matching overcoat

Good spirits: The two stars appeared in good spirits as they shared a giggle in-between filming

Good spirits: The two stars appeared in good spirits as they shared a giggle in-between filming 

Serious: Things appeared to look more serious while filming as they shot a tense scene

Happy days: Before sharing an in-joke in another break during the day

Serious: Things appeared to look more serious while filming as they shot a tense scene before sharing an in-joke in another break during the day 

Scenes: The duo appeared to be filming scenes at a market stall with Olivia as Susan checking out a cake stand and outdoor cafe area on set

Scenes: The duo appeared to be filming scenes at a market stall with Olivia as Susan checking out a cake stand and outdoor cafe area on set 

The couple pretended their victims were still alive while looting £250,000 of their savings and pensions to buy Hollywood memorabilia – especially Gary Cooper’s autographs.    

Friends assumed the slain couple had gone travelling and never returned, with their killers forging Christmas cards to keep up the pretence. They gave themselves in after the bodies were found in 2013.

The drama – described as ‘blackly comic’ – is said to draw viewers into ‘the surreal fantasy world that Susan and Christopher created by casting themselves as their Hollywood heroes in stories of their own invention’.

After landing the role Olivia said: ‘I love Ed’s scripts… just as well as he cooks many of my meals. It’s rare to be desperate to play a part on the first reading of a script, but that was the case here.’  

Happy: The two stars appeared to be delighted during the day of filming

Funny: Olivia was seen  regularly seen smiling and giggling

Happy: The two stars appeared to be delighted during the day of filming as they were regularly seen smiling and giggling

Tense: David as Christopher was later seen making a phone call while it was captured by filming staff

Tense: David as Christopher was later seen making a phone call while it was captured by filming staff 

Amazing: The production is a family affair as the four-part drama, called Landscapers, is the first television screenplay written by Olivia's husband Ed Sinclair

Amazing: The production is a family affair as the four-part drama, called Landscapers, is the first television screenplay written by Olivia’s husband Ed Sinclair

Drama: The drama – described as 'blackly comic' – is said to draw viewers into 'the surreal fantasy world that Susan and Christopher created by casting themselves as their Hollywood heroes in stories of their own invention'

Drama: The drama – described as ‘blackly comic’ – is said to draw viewers into ‘the surreal fantasy world that Susan and Christopher created by casting themselves as their Hollywood heroes in stories of their own invention’ 

Awful: Susan and Christopher Edwards were jailed for life after shooting her parents in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, in 1998 and burying them in the garden, where they lay undiscovered for 15 years

Shocking: The couple pretended their victims were still alive while looting £250,000 of their savings and pensions to buy Hollywood memorabilia – especially Gary Cooper's autographs

Awful: Susan and Christopher Edwards were jailed for life after shooting her parents in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, in 1998 and burying them in the garden, where they lay undiscovered for 15 years


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