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First Photos Of Kate Winslet And Saoirse Ronan Filming Ammonite

Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan star in new movie Ammonite

Image Source: Screenshot from Actors On Actors: Kate Winslet And Saoirse Ronan, Variety YouTube

Filming has begun for movie Ammonite, starring Kate Winslet, 43 as fossil hunter Mary Anning and Saoirse Ronan, 24 as her young lover. The English town of Lyme-Regis was abuzz with excitement on Monday March 11, as the two stars were spotted on their first day of filming.

According to, large crowds gathered to watch filming, and the fabulous Fiona Shaw from Killing Eve was spotted shooting scenes as well.

Anning lived in the UK coastal town of Lyme-Regis and the film is set in the 1840s, where an unlikely and life-changing romance develops between her and Frances Bell, a wealthy young London woman who comes to town to convalesce. Francis Lee, the writer/director of gay love story From God’s Own Country is directing.

The Love Lyme Regis Facebook Page shared photos of the sets being built around town, with shop fronts converted, a two storey fake Georgian house built and a fake brick wall built to disguise a bus stop.

A red letter box in Lyme-Regis, part of the sets for new movie Ammonite, about fossil hunter Mary Anning

Image courtesy Love Lyme-Regis Facebook Page

The set for Anning's Fossils and Curios in Lyme-Regis.

Image courtesy Love Lyme-Regis Facebook Page

Mary Anning was born into poverty and overcame a limited education to become the greatest fossil finder of her time. As a woman, she was not allowed to join the Geological Society Of London and she was often not given credit for the specimens she found. Despite these limitations, she became famous around the world and her advice guided the work of many of the most respected geologists and palaeontologists of her era.

Lyme-Regis being transformed into a movie set for Ammonite

Image courtesy Love Lyme-Regis Facebook Page

Sets being built in Lyme-Regis for Ammonite, a film about fossil hunter Mary Anning

Image courtesy Love Lyme-Regis Facebook Page

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