Jane Horrocks films dramatic scenes for the third season of COBRA in Manchester

Jane Horrocks films dramatic scenes with riot police and protesters for the third season of Sky’s political drama COBRA in Manchester

Jane Horrocks was spotted filming dramatic scenes for the third season of Sky’s political drama COBRA in Manchester on Thursday.

The Ab Fab actress, 58,  could be seen surrounded by riot police as she prepared to make a speech to a crowd of environmental protesters. 

Jane, who joins the show as new character Defence Secretary Victoria Dalton, looked smart as she wrapped up in a long navy coat. 

Drama: Jane Horrocks, 58,  was spotted filming dramatic scenes for the third season of Sky's drama COBRA in Manchester on Thursday

Drama: Jane Horrocks, 58,  was spotted filming dramatic scenes for the third season of Sky’s drama COBRA in Manchester on Thursday

She layered it over smart dark trousers and a royal blue shirt, completing the look with black patent heels. 

Jane wore a slight dusting of make-up for the scenes  with her blonde hair styled into a sensible bob.

The actress stood on steps, protected by police, outside a building as protesters shouted and waved flags and signs. 

Sticky situation: The Ab Fab actress could be seen surrounded by riot police as she prepared to make a speech to a crowd of environmental protesters

Sticky situation: The Ab Fab actress could be seen surrounded by riot police as she prepared to make a speech to a crowd of environmental protesters 

Smart: Jane, who plays Defence Secretary Victoria Dalton in the political series, looked smart as she wrapped up in a long navy coat

Smart: Jane, who plays Defence Secretary Victoria Dalton in the political series, looked smart as she wrapped up in a long navy coat

The series looks at what happens when cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure and fake news are used to subvert democracy.

And the latest instalment titled COBRA: Rebellion, will see Robert Carlyle return as Prime Minister Robert Sutherland and Victoria Hamilton as his chief of staff.  

The latest story will follow the aftermath of an environmental disaster that has far-reaching consequences for the United Kingdom. 

Speech: The actress stood on steps, protected by police, outside a building as protesters shouted and waved flags and signs

Speech: The actress stood on steps, protected by police, outside a building as protesters shouted and waved flags and signs

Smart: She layered it over smart dark trousers and a royal blue shirt, completing the look with black patent heels

Smart: She layered it over smart dark trousers and a royal blue shirt, completing the look with black patent heels

Action! The crew placed themselves amongst the crowd to capture Jane's speech

Action! The crew placed themselves amongst the crowd to capture Jane’s speech 

It comes after Jane accused television producers of ‘churning out’ the same actors for leading roles.

Claiming that TV bosses are ‘so short-sighted’ and believes that a wider range of actors should be considered for such roles, as they could bring something new.

Quizzed on how she felt about Olivia Colman, Keeley Hawes and Lily James being handed all the coveted telly gigs, she responded: ‘And Sarah Lancashire.’

In character: Jane wore a slight dusting of make-up for the scenes with her blonde hair styled into a sensible bob

In character: Jane wore a slight dusting of make-up for the scenes with her blonde hair styled into a sensible bob

Crowds: Lots of supporting artists surrounded the building

Crowds: Lots of supporting artists surrounded the building 

Shocking! During one scene a dozen riot police charged into shot

Shocking! During one scene a dozen riot police charged into shot  

She told MailOnline: ‘I think it’s a bit limiting for the audience to see the same crowd always coming on.

‘I just feel sorry for the audience really that the commissioners and the producers are so short-sighted that they have to keep churning out the same people.

They do an amazing job and if they’re being offered the roles then, of course, you take them,’ she said, before adding that she deems this to be ‘slightly dull.’

High drama": The series looks at what happens when cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure and fake news are used to subvert democracy

High drama”: The series looks at what happens when cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure and fake news are used to subvert democracy 

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