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Tom Hardy spotted filming in Wanstead

PUBLISHED: 17:48 05 February 2016 | UPDATED: 17:48 05 February 2016

Tom Hardy, right in the hat, spotted filming in Wanstead. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA;Vicky Chandler

Tom Hardy, right in the hat, spotted filming in Wanstead. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA;Vicky Chandler

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Oscar nominated actor Tom Hardy has been seen shooting a new BBC period drama in Wanstead, with some fans travelling from Brighton to see the heartthrob.

Vicky Chandler, left, came from Brighton to Wanstead to see Tom Hardy. Her sister Becki came from Forest Gate.Vicky Chandler, left, came from Brighton to Wanstead to see Tom Hardy. Her sister Becki came from Forest Gate.

Tom, star of The Revenant, Mad Max and Legend, was filming upcoming TV series Taboo in Grade I listed St Mary the Virgin church, in Overton Drive.

He plays James Keziah Delaney in the miniseries set in the 1800s, who builds his shipping empire to rival the famous East India Company.

The hunk’s day in Redbridge caused much fanfare, with a gaggle of fans waiting all day to catch sight of the star.

Events manager Vicky Chandler had swapped her shift and driven 80 miles from Brighton just to get a glimpse of him.

Fans gather outside St Mary the Virgin church, in Overton Drive, Wanstead, to see Tom Hardy.Fans gather outside St Mary the Virgin church, in Overton Drive, Wanstead, to see Tom Hardy.

“Two days ago I found out from the Ilford Recorder and I thought it’s only 90 minutes away.

“They kept telling us he’s not coming out so we sent in a note saying ‘there’s just four of us please come out’, and he did!

“I was so excited I felt like my heart was going to explode.

“I haven’t seen him before but I’m planning to see him again.”

Tom Hardy attending the premiere of his latest Hollywood hit, The Revenant at Empire Leicester Square, London. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA WireTom Hardy attending the premiere of his latest Hollywood hit, The Revenant at Empire Leicester Square, London. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The 35-year-old had arrived at 11am and said she was going stay “as long as is humanly possible and I can feel my feet”.

She once waited outside the house of band Take That for three days.

Her sister, Becki, had come from Forest Gate for moral support.

Annie Henshaw, 31, from Woodford Green, was trying to lure the dog loving actor out with her Staffordshire Bullterrier.

BBC filming at St Marys churchBBC filming at St Marys church

“I just heard everyone talking about it today and my heart stopped, I had to come.”

Her partner, who didn’t want to be named out of embarrassment, commented: “Don’t start screaming, I will just walk off.”

Taboo will be on BBC One later this year.


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