Dame Maggie Smith is joined by Kathy Bates as filming for The Miracle Club begins in Ireland

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Dame Maggie Smith, 87, is joined by Kathy Bates, 75, for a graveyard scene as filming for Irish drama The Miracle Club begins in Bray

Dame Maggie Smith was spotted with her co-star Kathy Bates as filming for their latest film began in Ireland on Tuesday.

The Downton Abbey star, 87, donned an all-black ensemble for the emotional scenes at the cemetery in the coastal town of Bray.

Maggie wore a long wool coat with a beret and gloves as she was joined by members of the crew as they walked past the headstones.

Kathy, 75, mirrored Maggie as she also wore an all-black ensemble, but layered a padded jacket over the top of her costume to keep warm between takes.

She was joined by actor Mark O’Halloran who took on the role of the priest, wearing a purple robe with a gold cross engraved on his chest.

The film follows the story of three working-class Irish women from Dublin who make a pilgrimage to Lourdes in France where they discover their own personal miracles.

Taking a break: Kathy mirrored Maggie as she also wore an all-black ensemble but layered a quilted jacket over it to stay warm between takes

Taking a break: Kathy mirrored Maggie as she also wore an all-black ensemble but layered a quilted jacket over it to stay warm between takes

Co-star: She was joined by actor Mark O'Halloran who took on the role of the priest, wearing a purple robe with a gold cross engraved on his chest

Co-star: She was joined by actor Mark O’Halloran who took on the role of the priest, wearing a purple robe with a gold cross engraved on his chest

Production company Embankment Films detailed: “There is but one tantalizing dream for the women of Ballyfermot to taste freedom and escape the gauntlet of domestic life: to win a pilgrimage to the sacred French city of Lourdes, and all this for free.

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And with a little benevolent interference from their local community and a sparkling-eyed priest, close friends Lily, Eileen and Dolly get their ticket to a lifetime after the church talent show.

Having never even left Dublin – let alone Ireland – the trip offers our heroines the chance to let loose, celebrate life and revel in sweet independence.

Plot: The film follows the story of three working-class Irish women from Dublin who make a pilgrimage to Lourdes in France where they discover their own personal miracles

Plot: The film follows the story of three working-class Irish women from Dublin who make a pilgrimage to Lourdes in France where they discover their own personal miracles

Upcoming: Speaking to Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late Show last year, Kathy said the actors were

Coming soon: Speaking to Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late Show last year, Kathy said the actors were “very excited” to start filming the drama

The Miracle Club is based on an original screenplay by Jimmy Smallhorne, Timothy Prager and Josh Maurer.

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Speaking to Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late Show last year, Kathy said the cast was “really excited” to start filming the drama.

She added: ‘The only catch is that we have to learn the working class accents of Dublin around the 1970s. So it’s going to be quite difficult.

“I suspect there will be plenty of Irish actresses with their knives waiting for us to misstep.”

I watched movies like The Commitments and a few of them they sent me to get an idea. So it’s like, “Oh Lord, I really have a long way to go!” But, I’m very excited about it.

Hard work: 'The only catch is that we have to learn Dublin's working class accents around the 1970s. So it's going to be quite difficult'

Hard work: ‘The only catch is that we have to learn Dublin’s working class accents around the 1970s. So it’s going to be quite difficult’

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