Thomas Brodie-Sangster transforms into Sex Pistols manager for filming

Thomas Brodie-Sangster transforms into Sex Pistols manager for filming

04/01/2021

Love Actually actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster is the double of Malcolm McLaren as he sports tight curls and smokes while filming new Sex Pistols drama

  • The actor, 30, was the double of the music manager as he sported tight curls on set in London on Wednesday
  • Thomas donned a loose-fitting blue shirt paired with black leather-look trousers to transform into character 
  • He was also seen chatting with co-stars Anson Boon, Toby Wallace, and Jacob Slater who play the punk band

He’s taking on the role of Malcolm McLaren in Danny Boyle’s new Sex Pistols drama.

And Thomas Brodie-Sangster was the double of the music manager as he was seen for the first time in character, sporting tight brunette curls and smoking a cigarette while filming on the London set on Wednesday.

The Love Actually actor, 30, was also seen chatting with co-stars Anson Boon, who is playing Johnny Rotten, Toby Wallace, who’ll portray guitarist Steve Jones, and Jacob Slater who’s been cast as drummer Paul Cook.     

Dead ringer: Thomas Brodie-Sangster transformed into the Sex Pistols’ manager Malcolm McLaren as he enjoyed a smoke while taking a break on the London set on Wednesday

Thomas wore a loose-fitting blue shirt paired with black leather-look trousers as he channeled his character for the shoot.

He donned a pair of pointed boots and a large silver ring to complete his laid-back look.

The Queens Gambit star was also pictured enjoying a cigarette and a hot drink as he took a break from filming before laughing as he ate an ice cream while waiting for his scenes.

Thomas is playing the role of manager Malcolm, who managed the Sex Pistols and also dated designer Vivienne Westwood (played by Talulah Riley in Pistols). Malcom died at the age of 64 in 2010. 


The man behind the band: The Love Actually star, 30, left, had an uncanny likeness to Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, right in 1978, as he sported tight brunette curls

Amazing: Thomas appeared to be in good spirits as he chatted to co-stars and cast inbetween takes (pictured wearing a white vest is actor Jacob Slater who is playing drummer Paul Cook)

Thomas’s co-star Anson Boon, 21, who portrays Johnny Rotten, also looked almost unrecognisable as he transformed into the punk rocker to film new scenes for the hotly-anticipated show. 

Anson also filmed scenes with his onscreen bandmates, however it appeared that Louis Partridge, who will portray bassist Sid Vicious, was absent from the day’s shoot.

The 1917 actor looked almost unrecognisable as he sported Johnny’s signature fiery red hair and punk rocker style with a black blazer adorned in safety pins.

Later on set, Anson underwent a costume change as he was seen wearing a pair of baggy striped trousers with an oversized white shirt and black tie. 


Casual: The actor wore a loose-fitting blue shirt and black leather-look trousers with pointed boots

Break: Thomas looked every inch the 70s music manager as he rocked his eye-catching costume on Wednesday


Social: He was later seen chatting with his co-stars and socialising in between filming 

The real rockers: Pistols – set for release next year – is based on the rock band – consisting of Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious, Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Glen Matlock – and their rise to fame in the 1970s (the band L-R minus Glen Matlock pictured in 1978) 

The young star appeared in good spirits as he chatted to his co-stars and wore a black face mask in-between filming. 

Pistols, set for release next year, is based on the legendary rock band – consisting of Johnny Rotten, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, Paul Cook and Sid Vicious – and their rise to fame in the 1970s. 

The filming schedule has been busy in recent days as it shoots a collection of scenes across London. 

Last month, the star-studded line-up for the drama was revealed, with Iris Law announced to be following in her father Jude and brother Rafferty’s acting footsteps.

The model, 20, is making her screen debut as Soo Catwoman, one of the icons of the punk scene who became a rising star in the 1970s, and she joins Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Talulah Riley, and Christian Lees as new cast members in Pistol. 

Roles: Thomas is best known for his roles in Love Actually, Nanny McPhee, Game Of Thrones and The Queen’s Gambit 


Lovely: Thomas was later seen enjoying an ice cream on set as the cast made the most of Britain’s heatwave this week 

Down time: Thomas laughed as he spoke with others on the set, holding onto a cup as he listened to the conversation 


Wow: His co-star Anson Boon, left, also looked almost unrecognisable as he transformed into Johnny Rotten, right in 1976, to film new scenes for the hotly-anticipated show, Pistol, on Wednesday 

Character: The 1917 actor looked almost unrecognisable as he sported Johnny’s signature fiery red hair for the day of filming  

A first look image for the TV series, which is based on the memoir of Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, was also revealed following the casting announcement.

Soo Lucas, who dubbed herself Soo Catwoman, is known for her trademark haircut which she created in 1976 to look like she had cat ears.

The hairdo is set to be a very different look for Iris, who usually sports long brunette curls, though she may well wear a wig to emulate Soo’s iconic hairstyle.

Thomas is set to take on the role of Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, while Talulah will play fashion icon Vivienne Westwood, and Christian will portray the band’s first bass guitarist Glen Matlock.

The six-episode series began principal photography earlier this month, and Danny serves as director and Executive Producer. 


Bandmates: Anson also filmed scenes with his onscreen bandmates Jacob Slater, left, who is playing drummer Paul Cook, and Toby Wallace, right, who is portraying guitarist Steve Jones 

Where’s Sid? Louis Partridge, who will portray bassist Sid Vicious, appeared to be absent (Anson and Toby pictured together on set) 


Character:  Toby, left in character, and guitarist Steve Jones, pictured right in 1978 


Role: Jacob, left in character, and drummer Paul Cook, pictured right  in 1978

Based on Jones’ 2018 memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, the supporting cast also includes Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams as punk icon Jordan as well as Sydney Chandler as Chrissie Hynde and Emma Appleton as Nancy Spungen.

Anchored by Steve Jones’ memoir, which offers a fascinating new perspective on one of rock’s greatest ever stories, Pistol moves from West London’s council estates, to Westwood and McLaren’s notorious Kings Road SEX shop, to the international controversy that came with the release of Never Mind the B******s.

Their single ‘God Save the Queen’ was banned by the BBC and reached Number 1 on the UK’s NME chart, but appeared at Number 2 on the Official UK Singles chart, leading to accusations that the song was purposely kept off the top spot. 


Costume change: Later on set, Anson underwent a costume change as he was seen wearing a pair of baggy striped trousers with an oversized white shirt and black tie

Happy: The young star appeared in good spirits as he chatted to his co-stars and wore a black face mask in-between filming

Boyle has had an acclaimed TV and movie career. His 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won eight, including the Academy Award for Best Director. 

In 2012, Boyle was the artistic director for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics. He was subsequently offered a knighthood as part of the New Year Honours but declined.

In January, Nick Grad, President, Original Programming, FX Entertainment, said in a statement: ‘It’s great to be back in business with Danny Boyle, an exceptional artist responsible for so many great feature films and TV series.’ 

‘Steve Jones was at the centre of the storm that shook the rock establishment and we’re thrilled to have Danny and the rest of the creative team tell his story as a member of one of music’s most notorious bands – the Sex Pistols.’

Busy: The filming schedule has been busy in recent days as it shoots a collection of scenes across London


Sweet: Toby appeared delighted to be stuck into filming duties and was later seen hugging someone on set 

‘Imagine breaking into the world of The Crown and Downton Abbey with your mates and screaming your songs and your fury at all they represent,’ added Boyle. ‘This is the moment that British society and culture changed forever.’

‘It is the detonation point for British street culture…where ordinary young people had the stage and vented their fury and their fashion…and everyone had to watch & listen…and everyone feared them or followed them.’

‘The Sex Pistols. At its centre was a young charming illiterate kleptomaniac – a hero for the times – Steve Jones, who became in his own words, the 94th greatest guitarist of all time. This is how he got there.’

Pistols will be released on FX and Hulu in 2022.


Uncanny: Louis, left – who appeared to be absent from the filming on Wednesday, is playing bassist Sid Vicious, pictured right in 1978


Exciting: Iris Law (L) will follow in her father Jude’s acting footsteps by making her screen debut as Soo Catwoman (R) in the Sex Pistols drama


Starring role: The supporting cast also includes Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams as punk icon Jordan

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