Sex Education's Emma Mackey is worlds away from Maeve as she transforms into Emily Bronte for new film

SEX Education star Emma Mackey has traded in Maeve’s eyeliner for period dress as she transforms into literary icon, Emily Bronte. 

The 25-year-old actress was spotted filming in Yorkshire on Tuesday afternoon, strolling in full costume down the cobbled streets. 


With her hair pulled back tightly against her head into a bun, Emma wore a shawl over her head to match her purple outfit. 

She was joined by co-star Oliver Jackson-Cohen, star of Netflix’s Haunting Of Hill House, who will play William Weightman in the new biopic. 

Trading in dress shoes for a far more comfy pair of Converses in between takes, Oliver kept warm in a padded coat. 

The duo will be part of the all-star cast in the big budget feature, with Line Of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar, Black Mirror’s Fionn Whitehead, and Bridget Jones’ Diary’s Gemma Jones. 


The film, simply titled Emily, will track the Wuthering Heights author’s life, which was marked by the loss of her mother at the age of three, and two of her sisters when she was seven. 

She found comfort in her writing, with the Yorkshire Moors eventually inspiring Wuthering Heights in 1847. 


Sadly, this was to be her only great piece of work, as she fell ill with tuberculosis and died the following year, aged just 30. 

Speaking about the new project, director Frances O’Connor said: “Emily Brontë's writing is steeped in such passion, feeling, violence, and fierce intelligence – that I've always yearned to know who she really was.  


“Emily is about a rebel and misfit, a young woman daring to form herself, to embrace her true nature, despite the consequences. And, in creating an imagined life for her, I hope Emily Brontë will live again!” 

Emma’s arrival on set comes ahead of the release of Sex Education season three, where character Maeve’s complicated relationships get even more entangled. 

At the end of season two, she was seen missing a voicemail from Otis (Asa Butterfield) which declared his love for her after two seasons of will they/won’t they. 

However, after her neighbour Issac spotted the message and listened to it, he deleted it – intent on trying to fight for Maeve’s affection himself.

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