Windswept Olivia Colman shoots beach scenes for Empire Of Light alongside co-star Micheal Ward

Olivia Colman was seen building sandcastles on the beach as she shot scenes for romantic movie Empire Of Light alongside her co-star Micheal Ward.

The actress, 48, cut a casual figure in a navy sundress as she filmed scenes on Camber Sands beach in East Sussex on Thursday.

She opted to go barefoot as she joined her co-star Michael, 24, in making sandcastles with an orange bucket and spade during shooting.

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Shooting: Olivia Colman was seen building sandcastles on the beach as she shot scenes for romantic movie Empire Of Light alongside her co-star Micheal Ward

Sandcastles: The actress, 48, cut a casual figure in a navy sundress as she filmed scenes on Camber Sands beach in East Sussex on Thursday

Olivia was seen battling the strong coastal winds as her curly brunette tresses blew in front of her face, while she kept warm in a navy puffer coat in between takes.

Blue Story star Michael looked stylish in beige trousers and a checkered shirt, which he wore partially unbuttoned as he gave a flash of his toned physique.

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The actors were also joined by the film’s director Sam Mendes for the shoot, with the movie described as a love story set in the 1980s. 

Along with Olivia and Michael, Empire Of Light will also star Colin Firth, Toby Jones and Crystal Clarke. 

Building: Olivia could be seen shaping a sandcastle as she filmed scenes on the beach

Fun times: She opted to go barefoot as she joined her co-star Michael, 24, in making sandcastles with an orange bucket and spade during shooting

Keeping it casual: Blue Story star Michael looked stylish in beige trousers and a checkered shirt

Stars: The co-stars could be seen smiling and chatting as they stood around the sandcastle

Breaking: Olivia could also be seen stamping on the sandcastle elsewhere during filming 

Looking good: Michael wore his shirt partially unbuttoned as he gave a flash of his toned physique

Windy: Olivia was seen battling the strong coastal winds as her curly brunette tresses blew in front of her face, while director Sam Mendes was also seen on set 

Filming on the project began in early February in Margate and the seaside town was transported back to the 1980s as builders could be seen transforming the area surrounding the Dreamland amusement park.

In preparation for filming, workers could be seen taking the cinema back to its 1980s heyday, with boards outside advertising the crime comedy The Blues Brothers. 

Referencing the film’s title, the word Empire could be seen splashed across the advertising board, while the exterior was also decorated with classic film posters. 

 

All smiles: Olivia flashed a huge smile as she spoke to her co-star Michael as they shot the beach scenes 

Fun: Olivia could be seen walking across the sandcastle and stamping on it to destroy the sandcastle

Weather: Olivia was seen keeping warm in a navy puffer coat in between takes on Camber Sands beach

Beach day: Olivia and Michael could be seen chatting as they walked around their sandcastle during shooting

Co-stars: A windswept Olivia could be seen walking barefoot across the beach as she shot scenes with Michael

Battling the elements: Members of the crew could be seen using a large umbrella amid the windy weather 

 

Cold: Olivia kept warm in a light jacket while Michael wore a Dry Robe as they chatted with director Sam between takes 

The project marks the first time that frontman Sam is set to direct a film that he didn’t pen with the assistance of a co-writer.

While plot details remains tightly under wraps, it is known the production is a love story ‘set around a beautiful old cinema on the South Coast of England in the 1980s’.

Sam is producing Empire of Light alongside Pippa Harris through his Neal Street Productions, and he will also reunite with his longtime cinematographer Roger Deakins on the production.

Sandy: Olivia and Michael sat in the sand as they built a sandcastle while the crew filmed on 

Scenes: The day of shooting at Camber Sands comes after filming on the project began in early February in Margate, with the seaside town being transported back to the 1980s

Filming: Empire Of Light marks the first time that frontman Sam is set to direct a film that he didn’t pen with the assistance of a co-writer

Project: While plot details remains tightly under wraps, it is known the production is a love story ‘set around a beautiful old cinema on the South Coast of England in the 1980s’

Aiming to release the film in late 2022, Sam said in a statement: ‘I have long been an admirer of Searchlight and the dynamic way they have produced and released some of my favourite theatrical releases of recent years.

‘This project is very close to my heart, and I couldn’t be more delighted that it has found its ideal home.’

Olivia, who is known for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown’s third and fourth seasons, recently starred in a Sky drama that saw her portray killer Susan Edwards, with David Thewlis playing her husband and accomplice Christopher.

The production was a family affair as the four-part drama, called Landscapers, was the first television screenplay written by Olivia’s husband Ed Sinclair.

Career: Olivia recently starred in a Sky drama that saw her portray killer Susan Edwards, and David Thewlis played her husband and accomplice Christopher