Stars spotted in town ahead of ‘Ammonite’ filming

Bell Cliff is being transformed into an 1840s film set for ‘Ammonite’

ACTRESSES Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan have been spotted in Lyme Regis as filming of ‘Ammonite’ is set to get underway. 

The film, based on the life of Lyme’s famous fossil hunter Mary Anning and her fictional relationship with a young woman, is expected to be a box office hit.

Filming is set to start later this week, with both Oscar-winning actress Winslet – who will be playing Mary Anning – and co-star Saoirse Ronan having been spotted in Lyme Regis over the past few days.

Actress Fiona Shaw, who recently appeared in hit BBC shows ‘Killing Eve’ and ‘Mrs Wilson’, has also announced that she will be starring in ‘Ammonite’.

Set construction is now well underway with film crews taking over the Bell Cliff area of town, along with the Shambles in Broad Street and part of Cobb Gate car park.

A fossil shop has been stripped to create the 1840s set, the historic cannon has been removed from the area, and a fake stone wall has been constructed to block the view of the car park.

A section of the non-cobbled pavement – from Seasalt down to the Cobb Gate car park – is expected to be covered with period-relevant ground cover and a two-storey fake Georgian house front will be constructed outside Seasalt.

Stop/go traffic management will be in place on Church Street, Bridge Street and Broad Street while filming is taking place.

Many residents have signed up to appear as extras in the film, which is expected to create a tourism boom when released, similar to when ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’, starring Meryl Streep, was filmed in Lyme in the 1980s.

A fake, stone wall has been constructed at the entrance of Marine Parade to block the view of Cobb Gate car park
The cannon has been temporarily removed from Bell Cliff for filming (photo by David Ruffle)
Construction work is underway to transform the Bell Cliff area into a 1840s set
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