First look at Olivia Colman as Miss Haversham in 'Great Expectations'

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Miss Havisham (Olivia Colman); Pip (Fionn Whitehead) in Great Expectations. (FX/BBC)
Olivia Colman and Fionn Whitehead in Great Expectations. (FX/BBC)

Olivia Colman is also unrecognisable as Miss Haversham in the BBC's new adaptation of Great Expectations.

Appearing in the iconic Charles Dickens role in heavy makeup, Colman is part of a large ensemble cast that is led by Dunkirk star Fionn Whitehead and Shalom Brune-Franklin.

Also starring in the BBC's latest Dickens adaptation is Johnny Harris, Ashley Thomas, Hayley Squires, Matt Berry, Owen McDonnell, Trystan Gravelle and Rudi Dharmalingam.

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Written by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, it is his second Dickens adaptation after 2019's A Christmas Carol which starred Guy Pearce as Scrooge.

Miss Havisham (Olivia Colman); Estella (Shalom Brune-Franklin) in Great Expectations. (FX/BBC)
Olivia Colman and Shalom Brune-Franklin in Great Expectations. (FX/BBC)

As with A Christmas Carol, Tom Hardy will also be producing this adaptation through his Hardy Son & Baker company.

Knight and Hardy have collaborated a number of times including on Peaky Blinders, the historical drama Taboo and the critically acclaimed film Locke.

Filming of the show is still ongoing in the UK before it premieres on the BBC sometime later this year.

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It is the latest role for Colman in what has been a prolific couple of years. She starred in five films in 2021 including the Oscar nominated The Lost Daughter and the romantic drama Mothering Sunday.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Olivia Colman during the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 08, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Olivia Colman during the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards. (Getty Images)

She has also appeared on TV in Netflix's Heartstopper and Sky Atlantic's comedy-drama Landscapers alongside David Thewlis.

Some of her upcoming roles include Wonka, Joyride and Sam Mendes' period drama Empire of Light which will also star Colin Firth.

Colman has also been cast in Marvel show Secret Invasion but it has not yet been revealed what her role is.

Secret Invasion is about a race of shape shifting aliens called Skrulls who have infiltrated all aspects of life on Earth.

It stars Samuel L Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Cobie Smulders, Martin Freeman, Don Cheadle, Emilia Clarke and Kingsley Ben-Adir.

Principal photography wrapped earlier this year but it is not yet known when the show will debut on Disney Plus.

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