Steve Coogan, 56, filmed the upcoming BBC drama about disgraced presenter Jimmy Savile
Image: North Wales Live)
Steve Coogan looked completely unrecognizable as he was photographed on a North Wales beach for his role as Jimmy Savile.
The 56-year-old was seen with bleached blonde hair and a brown tracksuit as he filmed scenes for the upcoming BBC drama about the pedophile presenter.
The miniseries, which is called The Reckoning, will follow the disgraced presenter’s life to stardom as well as horrific sex crimes.
Steve was pictured on the beach at Rhos on Sea hours after crew members arrived at the West Shore Beach Cafe in Llandudno.
He was talking to crew members as they prepared to film a scene for the new show.
The actor has previously been pictured filming in Bolton, Greater Manchester, wearing a jester costume.
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Steve had said yes to the controversial role but the production was widely condemned.
The decision to chronicle Savile’s crimes has been criticized by many critics at the BBC, where the ailing star spent many years of his career before his death a decade ago.
The Alan Partridge star previously said of his role: “Playing Jimmy Savile was not a decision I took lightly.
North Wales Live)
“Neil McKay has written an intelligent screenplay that sensitively tackles a horrifying story that, however heartbreaking, needs to be told.”
However, the BBC has confirmed to viewers that it is working closely with the many people whose lives have been touched by Savile to ensure their stories are told with sensitivity and respect.
The upcoming series will also draw on extensive and varied research sources.
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The BBC had defended its decision to create the series and said it was an important story to tell to “ensure that such crimes never happen again”.
Executive producer Jeff Pope said: “Its purpose is to explore how Savile’s crime has gone unchecked for so long and, by bringing this to light, to ensure that such crimes never happen again.
“Steve has a unique ability to inhabit complex characters and will approach this role with the utmost care and integrity,” he added.
The BBC said: “He rose from the working class to become one of Britain’s greatest television stars – but in death he became one of the most reviled figures in modern history.
“The drama will examine the impact of his horrific crimes on his victims and the helplessness felt by many when they attempted to raise the alarm.”
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