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Gillan to play role of 'The Shrimp'

Karen Gillan is to star as Sixties cover girl Jean Shrimpton - the supermodel of her day - in a new BBC film.

We'll Take Manhattan will examine the charged four-year love affair between "The Shrimp" and photographer David Bailey.

The film will be screened later this year on BBC Four, which has had huge successes with its biopics, including dramas about Enid Blyton and Gracie Fields.

The photographer and Jean - who graced the covers of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar - were superstars of their day and helped to shape Swinging London in the early 1960s.

Karen - soon to be seen in a new series of BBC One's Doctor Who - has already become known for her short skirts, while Jean was one of the pioneers of more daring fashions.

But Jean's hemlines were rather more demure when she began her affair with the then-married photographer in 1960. The famed snapper left his first wife Rosemary Bramble, and later divorced her, to be with the model.

The film will focus on a Vogue photo shoot which took place during a chilly week in 1962 in New York but also examines how the couple met.

Karen said: "Jean Shrimpton is an icon of the Sixties and I am so excited to be playing somebody who had such a lasting impact on the fashion world. I can't wait to take on the challenge of bringing Jean and Bailey's fascinating love story to life. Sixties here I come."

Executive producer Claire Parker of production company Kudos said: "In Jean, Bailey found someone that he and his camera fell in love with. We'll Take Manhattan captures the essence of their dynamic affair and how they unwittingly changed the face of a decade."

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