50308: Bond Girl Gemma Arterton Films "Tess of the d’Urbervilles"

Actress Gemma Arterton may be a fresh face on the cinematic scene, but the British beauty who will go toe to toe with Daniel Craig’s 007 in the upcoming Bond flick Quantum of Solace is currently stepping into the shoes of one of a timeless, tragic literary heroine as filming continues on a BBC version of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles. According to the Gazette Internet Edition, the director recently yelled “That’s a wrap!” as scenes were completed at Owlpen Manor, a Tudor era treasure in Gloucestershire, England.

When television viewers tune in to watch the drama unfold, they just may spot a spirit hovering in the background. Legend states that four ghosts, including that of Queen Margaret of Anjou, roam the rooms of the 900-year-old edifice. Once a visitor to the regal retreat, Owlpen was the final venue to hear the carefree laughter of the queen, who would lose both her husband and son to the ravages of war only days after her departure, and many believe that her restless soul lingers on at the place of her last happy memories.

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