Gillian Anderson has been filmed as tough Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson working on the second series of tense BBC thriller The Fall.

The star began work this week on the series which is being filmed in Belfast as she is once again on the trail of serial killer Paul Spector, played by Jamie Dornan, who is also working on the film version of Fifty Shades Of Grey.

Gillian was noted for her stylish silk blouses in the first series, one of which popped open as she was conducting a police press conference, but there isn’t a button in sight in the first still from the new series.

The new series of six hour-long episodes picks up where the other left off, as she continues her hunt for the fugitive who has left a trail of bodies, with writer and director Allan Cubitt again in charge.

Although the pair never met on screen, Gibson and Spector’s taunting and pursuit gripped viewers to make it BBC Two’s biggest new drama launch for a decade.

Gillian said: “I’m over the moon to be back in production with this team again and to step into the shoes of the elusive Stella for what promises to be an even darker second season.”

And Jamie – set to win a worldwide fan base through his role as Christian Grey in his dramatisation of EL James’s erotic novels – said: “I’m delighted to be back in production for the second series of The Fall. Allan Cubitt has outdone himself, and the scripts are stunning.”

Also returning to the drama is John Lynch as assistant chief constable Jim Burns, and Bronagh Waugh as Spector’s wife Sally-Ann.

Stephen Wright, head of drama for BBC Northern Ireland, said: “We were delighted with the response to series one and can’t wait to unleash Allan Cubitt’s superb new scripts on the audience.”

Press Association