Sex Education's Emma Mackey transforms into Emily Bronte to film new biopic

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Emma Mackey was seen stepping out on set for the first time to film a new biopic about author Emily Brontë.

The Sex Education star, 25, got to work on the period drama alongside The Invisible Man actor Oliver Jackson-Cohen while filming in Yorkshire on Tuesday.

Dressed in her costume Emma looked markedly different from her edgy Netflix character Maeve Wiley as she prepared to shoot scenes alongside Jackson-Cohen, who plays assistant curate William Weightman.

Getting to work: Sex Education's Emma Mackey looked markedly different from her edgy role as she transformed into Emily Brontë on set to film new biopic in Yorkshire on Tuesday

Getting to work: Sex Education’s Emma Mackey looked markedly different from her edgy role as she transformed into Emily Brontë on set to film new biopic in Yorkshire on Tuesday

Emma transformed into the iconic author by wearing a purple cable-knit sweater over a purple-and-white plaid dress.

Her brunette locks were styled into a slick bun with a middle parting, and her hair was partially covered with a knitted bonnet.

The actress was also seen with a long brown coat in her arms, which she appeared to keep on hand so she could warm up when cameras weren’t rolling. 

Oliver, meanwhile, was dressed up in a black suit that he paired with a white shirt, and in between takes he also donned a blue padded coat. 

Transformation: Dressed in her costume Emma was world's away from her edgy Netflix character Maeve Wiley

Starring role: Emma pictured in Sex Education

Transformation: Dressed in her costume Emma was world’s away from her edgy Netflix character Maeve Wiley (right)

Period costume: Emma transformed into the iconic author by wearing a purple cable-knit sweater over a purple-and-white plaid dress

Period costume: Emma transformed into the iconic author by wearing a purple cable-knit sweater over a purple-and-white plaid dress

Stars: The upcoming film will see Emma join the likes of Line Of Duty's Adrian Dunbar and Ammonite star Gemma Jones

Stars: The upcoming film will see Emma join the likes of Line Of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar and Ammonite star Gemma Jones

Marking Frances O’Connor’s directorial debut, Emily – which is yet to have a release date – will follow the story of the famous author, best known for her iconic novel Wuthering Heights. 

The upcoming film will see Emma join the likes of Line Of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar and Ammonite star Gemma Jones.  

Dunkirk’s Fionn Whitehead, The Musketeers’ Alexandra Dowling and The Spanish Princess star Amelia Gething complete the line-up. 

Different look: Emma transformed into her new part perfectly with the purple dress and matching bonnet

Different look: Emma transformed into her new part perfectly with the purple dress and matching bonnet

Look: Emma's brunette locks were styled into a slick bun with a middle parting, and her hair was partially covered with a knitted bonnet

Busy: The actress was seen with members of the crew on set

Look: Emma’s brunette locks were styled into a slick bun with a middle parting, and her hair was partially covered with a knitted bonnet

Keeping warm: The actress was also seen with a long brown coat in her arms, which she appeared to keep on hand so she could warm up when cameras weren't rolling

Keeping warm: The actress was also seen with a long brown coat in her arms, which she appeared to keep on hand so she could warm up when cameras weren’t rolling

In character: At one point of set Emma carried a child in her arms who was swathed in a brown blanket

In character: At one point of set Emma carried a child in her arms who was swathed in a brown blanket 

On the upcoming project, actress Frances said: ‘Emily Brontë’s writing is steeped in such passion, feeling, violence, and fierce intelligence – that I’ve always yearned to know who she really was.  

‘Emily is about a rebel and misfit, a young woman daring to form herself, to embrace her true nature, despite the consequences. And, in creating an imagined life for her, I hope Emily Brontë will live again!’ 

Tim Haslam of Embankment, which is executive producing and arranging financing the movie, added: ‘Frances’ storytelling is a breath of fresh air.

Co-star: Emma got to work on the period drama alongside The Invisible Man actor Oliver Jackson-Cohen

Co-star: Emma got to work on the period drama alongside The Invisible Man actor Oliver Jackson-Cohen

Outfit: Oliver was dressed up in a black suit that he paired with a white shirt, and in between takes he also donned a blue padded coat

Outfit: Oliver was dressed up in a black suit that he paired with a white shirt, and in between takes he also donned a blue padded coat

‘It attracts highly dynamic actors; each performing highly engaging characters, each provocative and just a touch dangerous; certainly, modern and spirited.’ 

Born in 1818 in West Yorkshire, Emily was the fifth of six children, and spent most of her short life in the moorland village of Haworth, where her Irish father Patrick was curate.

But life dealt Emily a series of terrible blows as she lost her mother when she was three, then two older sisters when she was seven.

Safety first: An extra was seen wearing a face mask while walking around set, following Covid-19 restrictions amid the global pandemic

Safety first: An extra was seen wearing a face mask while walking around set, following Covid-19 restrictions amid the global pandemic

Inspiration: Marking Frances O’Connor's directorial debut, Emily will follow the story of the famous author (pictured), best known for her iconic novel Wuthering Heights

Inspiration: Marking Frances O’Connor’s directorial debut, Emily will follow the story of the famous author (pictured), best known for her iconic novel Wuthering Heights

Following her trauma, the novelist retreated into a fantasy world, writing stories and poetry with her siblings. 

The writer poured her suffering and passion into Wuthering Heights, a wrenching love story as raw as the Yorkshire Moors on which it’s set. 

Screen star Emma rose to prominence as outspoken and troubled teenager Maeve Wiley in Netflix’s sex comedy-drama.

Rising star: Screen star Emma rose to prominence as outspoken and troubled teenager Maeve Wiley in Netflix's sex comedy-drama (pictured in show with co-star Asa Butterfield)

Rising star: Screen star Emma rose to prominence as outspoken and troubled teenager Maeve Wiley in Netflix’s sex comedy-drama (pictured in show with co-star Asa Butterfield)

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