Michelle Keegan looks in high spirits filming funeral scenes for Brassic

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Michelle Keegan looked in high spirits as she filmed scenes for Brassic after the show was slammed by a grieving mother. 

The Sky comedy series apologised after a mother slammed the TV crew for digging a fake plot just six feet from her son’s grave. 

As filming moved from the cemetery to a housing estate in a Manchester, the 33-year-old actress was seen in character as Erin Croft on Friday.

On set: Michelle Keegan looked in high spirits as she filmed scenes for Brassic after the show was slammed by a grieving mother

Not in typical funeral attire, the actress donned a khaki padded jacket teamed with jogging bottoms and patent boots.  

Michelle also donned a white fleece top, whilst she accessorised with gold hooped earrings and a selection of necklaces. 

She completed the look by styling her glossy chestnut locks in a half up style. 

Talented: As filming moved from the cemetery to a housing estate in a Manchester, the 33-year-old actress was seen in character as Erin Croft on Friday

Great role: Michelle has been praised for her work on the show

Talented:  As filming moved from the cemetery to a housing estate in a Manchester, the 33-year-old actress was seen in character as Erin Croft on Friday

Gorgeous in green: Not in typical funeral attire, the actress donned a khaki padded jacket teamed with jogging bottoms and patent boots

Gorgeous in green: Not in typical funeral attire, the actress donned a khaki padded jacket teamed with jogging bottoms and patent boots

It’s not clear if the scenes being filmed were in fact depicting a funeral, as the cast were filmed jumping in the back of a hearse. 

Between takes, Michelle and various members of cast and crew could be seen wearing face masks amid the pandemic. 

Members of the crew tested positive for coronavirus in late September forcing production to halt temporarily.

All about the accessories: Michelle also donned a white fleece top, whilst she accessorised with gold hooped earrings and a selection of necklaces

All about the accessories: Michelle also donned a white fleece top, whilst she accessorised with gold hooped earrings and a selection of necklaces

Brunette beauty: She completed the look by styling her glossy chestnut locks in a half up style

Brunette beauty: She completed the look by styling her glossy chestnut locks in a half up style

The filming comes after the crew were branded a ‘disgrace’ by mother-of-three Tracy Goldie-Auxilly, after they dug near the plot where her son Gareth, 39, had been laid to rest two weeks before.  

The Sky One comedy is currently filming its third season in Lancashire and was given permission by Rossendale Council to shoot at Whitworth Cemetery last week. 

Tracy revealed how her autistic daughter Chloe, 31, visited her brother’s grave on Thursday 14 October.  

The camera loves her! Michelle filmed a piece to the camera as she got to work on set

The camera loves her! Michelle filmed a piece to the camera as she got to work on set 

Wild funeral: It's not clear if the scenes being filmed were in fact depicting a funeral, as the cast were filmed jumping in the back of a hearse

Wild funeral: It’s not clear if the scenes being filmed were in fact depicting a funeral, as the cast were filmed jumping in the back of a hearse

In the driving seat: Michelle also appeared to be driving the hearse at one point

In the driving seat: Michelle also appeared to be driving the hearse at one point

Two of a kind: Joe Gilgun, who plays Vinnie in the show, was seen filming alongside nine-year-old Jude Riordan, who plays Tyler

Two of a kind: Joe Gilgun, who plays Vinnie in the show, was seen filming alongside nine-year-old Jude Riordan, who plays Tyler

It's all ended in tears: Joe put on a very animated display as he filmed scenes for the comedy

It’s all ended in tears: Joe put on a very animated display as he filmed scenes for the comedy

Sweet: The pair seemed delighted to be filming alongside each other again

Sweet: The pair seemed delighted to be filming alongside each other again 

However she was left confused and devastated when she saw the cast and crew gathered about a freshly dug hole just feet from Gareth’s final resting place. Show star Michelle was not present for the scene.

Gareth’s plot was still decorated with memorial wreaths and flowers when the crew were filming including two letter wreaths, one saying ‘Dad’ the other ‘Gaz’. 

Brassic is a comedy set in the fictional East Lancashire town of Hawley, featuring Michelle Keegan, 33, who stars as Erin Croft and Joe Gilgun, 36, who plays Vinnie O’Neil. 

Safety first: Between takes, Michelle and various members of cast and crew could be seen wearing face masks amid the pandemic

Safety first: Michelle kept her mask on

Safety first: Between takes, Michelle and various members of cast and crew could be seen wearing face masks amid the pandemic

Precautions: Members of the crew tested positive for coronavirus in late September forcing production to halt temporarily

Precautions: Members of the crew tested positive for coronavirus in late September forcing production to halt temporarily

Tracy said the crew were heard swearing and being crass while Chloe tried to have time alone with her brother who died suddenly on September 11.

‘It’s a disgrace, you’re filming graveyards, a place where you lay people to rest,’ said Tracy.

‘At the end of the day it’s not a playground, the crew could have used a farmer’s field with some props, Brassic isn’t a serious topic they could have filmed somewhere else.

Grieving: Mother-of-three Tracy Goldie-Auxilly branded the Brassic crew a 'disgrace' after they dug near the plot where her son Gareth, 39, had been laid to rest two weeks before at Whitworth Cemetery in Lancashire

Grieving: Mother-of-three Tracy Goldie-Auxilly branded the Brassic crew a ‘disgrace’ after they dug near the plot where her son Gareth, 39, had been laid to rest two weeks before at Whitworth Cemetery in Lancashire 

‘I want the council to go away delve into their conscience, what they have done has devastated my family.

‘When the film crew got there it was obvious there was a freshly buried body.’ 

Speaking about her daughter Chloe, Tracy continued: ‘She was so confused.

‘Initially she thought she had wandered into a funeral. She was just devastated, they were still filming when she was at his grave.

Site: The Sky comedy is currently filming its third season in Lancashire and was given permission by Rossendale Council to shoot at Whitworth Cemetery last week

Site: The Sky comedy is currently filming its third season in Lancashire and was given permission by Rossendale Council to shoot at Whitworth Cemetery last week

‘They were swearing and shouting, Chloe couldn’t get her head around it. Some of the language they were using really wasn’t nice.

‘When she found out the grave they had dug wasn’t real it upset her even more. This has taken my family so far back.’ 

The father-of-two, who has left behind an eight-year-old daughter and son, 12, experienced a kind of seizure and died almost instantly while he was stood in his mother’s kitchen.

Cast: Brassic is a comedy set in the fictional East Lancashire town of Hawley, featuring Michelle and This Is England star Joe who plays Vinnie O'Neil

Cast: Brassic is a comedy set in the fictional East Lancashire town of Hawley, featuring Michelle and This Is England star Joe who plays Vinnie O’Neil

Tracy said that the family are still awaiting a coroner’s report to find out the true cause of his death.

She said: ‘We are completely shell shocked by it, everything happened so quickly. He so missed it’s untrue.’ 

Due to coronavirus restrictions only 15 people were able to attend Gareth’s funeral on September 29 and he was buried at the cemetery in Whitworth.

Tracy said that the family chose the idyllic graveyard specifically due to its beauty.   

Rossendale Council gave permission for the film crew to attend the graveyard on October 14 and October 15 in order to shoot scenes for Brassic. 

A council spokesperson told LancsLive: ‘The council would like to apologise for the upset this incident this has caused the family at this very difficult time.

‘The production company were granted permission to do the filming several weeks ago.

Set: The crew filmed seasons one and two largely in the town of Bacup, Lancashire, and have continued to use locations across the county with stars spotted regularly

Set: The crew filmed seasons one and two largely in the town of Bacup, Lancashire, and have continued to use locations across the county with stars spotted regularly

‘The council do take every precaution to ensure a considerable distance between filming and any existing graves, and we did not intend to cause any upset.’

Sky have also offered their apologies to the family.

A spokesperson for the network told LancsLive: ‘We’re very sorry for any distress we caused when filming scenes on location at Rossendale.

‘While our production team had received permission to film scenes on location, we understand the impact this had on the family member and we would like to offer them our deepest sympathy and condolences.

‘While filming was taking place the production was conscious someone was visiting and out of respect, a crew member reached out in person, to offer apologies for any disruption caused.

Character: Michelle stars as Erin Croft in the Sky Comedy series which contains 'adult language'

Character: Michelle stars as Erin Croft in the Sky Comedy series which contains ‘adult language’

‘The series is post-watershed and plays out after 10pm. As a result, it contains adult language and we offer apologies for any sensitivities cause by this being overheard during filming.’

Sky also wanted to reiterate that they were given permission to film at the location in advance from council.

They said production signage was placed at entrances to the cemetery to make visitors aware filming was taking place, although Tracy said she was not aware of seeing any signs when she visited the graveyard herself.  

The crew filmed seasons one and two largely in the town of Bacup, Lancashire, and have continued to use locations across the county with stars spotted regularly.    

The series is based on Gilgun’s home town of Chorley which is why filming has taken place in Bacup and much of Rossendale.  

The film crew have been granted permission to film at several sites across East Lancashire.     

Filming: The series is based on Gilgun's home town of Chorley which is why filming has taken place in Bacup and much of Rossendale

Filming: The series is based on Gilgun’s home town of Chorley which is why filming has taken place in Bacup and much of Rossendale

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