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Gemma Arterton has the time of her life while in a 1960s raincoat as she films demonstration scenes for Funny Woman series two in Manchester

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Gemma Arterton appeared to be having the time of her life, on Friday.

The talented actress, 38, was dressed in 1960s raincoat on the set of Funny Woman as she filmed demonstration scenes for series two in Manchester. 

Gemma wore a shiny blue double breasted mac, while her dark hair was hidden under a bright blonde wig, which she covered with a vintage green baker boy hat. 

The former Bond girl laughed out loud as she joked around, dancing and posing with her female castmates.

Gemma sported flawlessly applied makeup, including the characteristic 1960s style winged eyeliner, and finished her look with bold white earrings.

Gemma Arterton, 38, appeared to be having the time of her life, on Friday, on the set of Funny Woman in Manchester

She was seen dancing and posing

Gemma Arterton, 38, appeared to be having the time of her life, on Friday, on the set of Funny Woman in Manchester

The talented actress, 38, laughed out loud as she joked around with her female castmates

The talented actress, 38, laughed out loud as she joked around with her female castmates

Gemma was dressed in 1960s raincoat as she filmed demonstration scenes for series two

She looked happier than ever while on set

Gemma was dressed in 1960s raincoat as she filmed demonstration scenes for series two

Gemma plays the lead role of Barbara Parker in Funny Woman, which is a Sky TV adaptation of Nick Hornby’s best-selling novel Funny Girl.

The first series followed Barbara’s journey as she went from a Blackpool beauty queen to comedy star, named Sophie Straw, while dealing with the male-dominated sitcom industry present in 1960s London.

Series two sees her on a high as she is the nation’s favourite TV comedy star, with a group of good friends and her romance with Dennis is full of promise. 

But trouble is just round the corner as Dennis’s divorce will take three years, Sophie’s new sitcom flops and she uncovers a devastating family secret. 

Sophie escapes the turmoil by taking a leading role in a film opposite a glamorous French movie heart-throb.

The film is a hit and Sophie’s slick new American agent offers her a fresh start in Hollywood.

But Sophie returns to London, determined to get the gang back together and to create a new show which reflects her real life, challenges outdated cultural conventions and proves that she and her mates are Funny Women!

Gemma wore a shiny blue double breasted mac, while her dark hair was hidden under a bright blonde wig, which she covered with a vintage green baker boy hat

Gemma wore a shiny blue double breasted mac, while her dark hair was hidden under a bright blonde wig, which she covered with a vintage green baker boy hat

The actress filmed scenes in which she scuffled with policemen

Gemma tried to intervene as an officer attempted to take away placards

The actress filmed scenes in which she scuffled with policemen

One actress dramatically held onto her throat while Gemma looked over

One actress dramatically held onto her throat while Gemma looked over

Gemma was enthralled by jokes made by her co-stars

Gemma was enthralled by jokes made by her co-stars

She couldn't wipe the smile off her face

She couldn’t wipe the smile off her face

In between takes, Gemma wrapped up from the cold in a padded black coat and clutched onto a bright pink water bottle

In between takes, Gemma wrapped up from the cold in a padded black coat and clutched onto a bright pink water bottle

Speaking about series two, Morwenna Banks, the writer and executive producer on the show said: ‘It’s a thrill to dive back into the world of 1960’s London – with the extraordinary cast and crew of Funny Woman series two. 

‘Thanks to the genius of Gemma Arterton as Nick Hornby’s heroine Sophie Straw – a whole host of new guest stars have joined us. 

‘We welcome stellar performances from Steve Zissis, Marcus Rutherford, Tim Key, Gemma Whelan, Roisin Conaty and many more …Tune in Turn On and don’t Drop Out’.

Gemma opened up about how she felt an instant affinity for the role to MailOnline last year, saying: ‘Barbara is such a great character and it was an iconic time for comedy, for culture.

‘More edgy working-class humour started to come through, and for a woman to be in that world was unusual at that time. 

‘I could hear her voice in my head, so when I was sent the script for the pilot episode it felt serendipitous.’ 

She spoke about how hard it was for women, especially those with working-class backgrounds and northern accents to break through in the comedy industry.

Gemma explained: ‘In America they had I Love Lucy and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, but we didn’t have any women leading their own shows until the 70s and 80s when Victoria Wood and Jennifer Saunders started coming through.

The first series followed Barbara's journey as she went from a Blackpool beauty queen to comedy star, named Sophie Straw, while dealing with the male-dominated sitcom industry present in 1960s London

The first series followed Barbara’s journey as she went from a Blackpool beauty queen to comedy star, named Sophie Straw, while dealing with the male-dominated sitcom industry present in 1960s London

Gemma worked hard to perfect her Blackpool accent, taking advice from a friend from the town, and also working with a voice coach (pictured last year)

Gemma worked hard to perfect her Blackpool accent, taking advice from a friend from the town, and also working with a voice coach (pictured last year)

‘Comedy was particularly sexist, and women were just accessories. The roles they got were the sexualised Benny Hill or Carry On parts. It was quite extraordinary for a woman to make it in comedy in the UK in the 60s.’ 

Speaking about her own struggles, Gemma admitted: ‘People judge you by how you talk. There have been times I’ve not got jobs because it was thought I wasn’t posh enough.’

She added: ‘Sometimes there are characters you have an affinity with, and Barbara is one of them. It felt natural to play her, and there’s a lot of stuff in there that I got to let out. 

‘Things are way better than they were but there’s still an undercurrent of the things Barbara was up against, because oldschool people still work in this industry. 

‘Hopefully lots of people will be able to relate to that because it’s not just this industry that’s affected. 

‘One of the things Barbara struggles with is people judging her physically rather than on what she can do, and that happens a lot with women in the workplace.’ 

Gemma worked hard to perfect her Blackpool accent, taking advice from a friend from the town, and also working with a voice coach. 

She said: ‘He found this recording of these women from Blackpool chatting about random stuff and I listened to that religiously.

‘Barbara’s roots are what define her, what make her special. At that time there weren’t many actresses with regional accents, and it’s only recently they’ve been accepted in British culture.’ 

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