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Published on April 1st, 2011 | by Meredith Burdett

Karen Takes Manhattan

Since joining the Doctor Who team, Karen Gillan has more than flexed her acting muscles and showed us the range and depth of her talents that cause her to be one of the freshest and boldest talents on British television at the moment.

So much so in fact, that the BBC has now got her to star in other roles alongside her Doctor Who work, a sure sign that she is headed for a glowing and illustrious career.

Announced as part of BBC Four’s spring/summer season of programmes, Gillan will star in (what is right now a working title) We’ll Take Manhattan, which is a docu-drama about the famous love affair  that takes place between photographer David Bailey and sixties supermodel Jean Shrimpton.

For those not in the know, Bailey used Shrimpton as his model for a 1962 photo shoot for Vogue magazine in New York. Shrimpton was considered a bold move for the photographer but the resulting shoot defined the style of the 1960’s as an outcome. The story that is told in this drama is about that time and how the two fell in love along the way (awwwww).

Gillan, with her first major role outside of the Doctor Who world was very excited at the prospect of taking on the new story stating:

“I can’t wait to take on the challenge of bringing Jean and Bailey’s fascinating love story to life.”

BBC Four also has a healthy habit of producing some wonderful drama’s based on famous people having bought us stories on artists such as Tony Hancock, Kenneth Williams, Frankie Howard and Hattie Jacques so this new piece will certainly be something to look forward to.

The BBC press release summed up what the drama will entail and it sounds fascinating:

“We’ll Take Manhattan is the story of that wild week [the photo shoot], of Bailey and Jean’s love affair, and of how two young people accidentally changed the world forever.”

Role on the summer!

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