Doctor Who star to play Sixties icon in BBC4 drama

Doctor Who actress Karen Gillan will star in a new BBC4 drama exploring the love affair between photographer David Bailey and sixties supermodel Jean Shrimpton.

Karen will play Jean in We’ll Take Manhattan, a 90-minute drama from Spooks makers Kudos Film and Television.

The film marks her first lead role since starring alongside Matt Smith as Amy Pond in Doctor Who.

It is not yet known who will play Bailey.

Set mainly in 1962, the one-off drama reveals how the young, visionary photographer insisted on using the unconventional model Jean Shrimpton on an important photo shoot for British Vogue in New York.

The film tells the story of Bailey and Jean falling in love, misbehaving, and inadvertently defining the style of the Sixties along the way.

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!”

Filming is due to start in May.

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