British TV star Karen Gillan, best known for playing Amy Pond in BBC One’s Doctor Who, is sticking with the time travel for her next TV project by travelling back to the 60′s to play former top model Jean Shrimpton.
We’ll take Manhattan tells the story of a British Vogue photoshoot that Shrimpton did for the man who put the swing into Swinging London, photographer David Bailey – the couple are believed to have started their famous romance as a result of this very shoot.
Jean Shrimpton was the Kate Moss of her day and was considered to be the worlds most photographed woman, Twiggy is often remembered as being the most famous model of the 60′s but it was in fact Shrimpton, by a long way.
BBC TV had this to say about the made for TV drama: “We’ll Take Manhattan reveals how a young, visionary photographer refused to conform and insisted on using the unconventional model Jean Shrimpton on an important photo shoot for British Vogue, inadvertently defining the style of the 1960s along the way,”
This part will be a huge feather in the cap for Gillan, as being picked to play the one time ‘most beautiful woman in the world’ must feel great for the ego but also proves her acting skills are considered to be good enough to join the list of fantastic actors who have starred in BBC Fours series of biopics.
No one has been cast in the David Bailey role as yet.
American cable channel Ovation is believed to be co-funding the project so it’s a safe bet that We’ll Take Manhattan will be shown this side of the pond.