Amy Winehouse biopic: Marisa Abela and Eddie Marsan are seen on the set for first time


With her sky-high beehive and dark eyeliner, it could not be anyone else.  

In the first behind the scenes glimpses, British actress Marisa Abela has transformed into the late singer during filming for the anticipated Amy Winehouse biopic Back To Black. 

As filming got under way in London’s Soho on Monday, Marisa clutched the arm of actor Eddie Marsan, who is playing Amy’s father Mitch, as they shot scenes outside the famous jazz club Ronnie Scott’s, where the singer performed early in her career.

Action:  British actors Marisa Abela and Eddie Marsan were spotted shooting the Amy Winehouse biopic Back To Black in London on Monday, playing the singer and her father Mitch

Marisa was styled in a black leather jacket and mini dress for the scenes, carrying a leather bag and sporting Amy’s signature hair do and gold hoop earrings.

With lashings of winged eyeliner, the actress was the spitting image of the tragic singer, who died from alcohol poisoning aged 27 in 2011.

She was joined on set by Eddie, who is best known for his role in Happy-Go-Lucky and more recently for 2022 drama The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe.

Transformation: British actress Marisa Abela has transformed into the late singer, sporting Amy's iconic black beehive for filming

Loss: Amy died from alcohol poisoning aged 27 in 2011

Transformation: British actress Marisa Abela has transformed into the late singer, sporting Amy’s iconic black beehive for filming 

The two linked arms as the cameras rolled outside Ronnie Scott’s, a well-known haunt of the late singer. 

Winehouse recalled in a 2006 interview with the Camden New Journal that her grandmother once dated musician Ronnie Scott, and explained that ‘after he died we went down there, did a gig’.

‘I was singing a tune – and I don’t care if people are talking, in fact I like it if people are talking ’cause it gives me a chance to go into one with the band, and my dad was in the audience.’

Shoot: Marisa clutched the arm of actor Eddie as they shot scenes outside famous jazz club Ronnie Scott's, where she performed early in her career

Shoot: Marisa clutched the arm of actor Eddie as they shot scenes outside famous jazz club Ronnie Scott’s, where she performed early in her career

Close: The new biopic has the full support of Amy's estate. The singer is pictured with her dad Mitch in 2008 at the Grammy Awards presentation where she won five gongs

Close: The new biopic has the full support of Amy’s estate. The singer is pictured with her dad Mitch in 2008 at the Grammy Awards presentation where she won five gongs 

Favourite haunt: Amy recalled in interviews that her grandmother once dated musician Ronnie, and explained that 'after he died we went down there, did a gig'

Favourite haunt: Amy recalled in interviews that her grandmother once dated musician Ronnie, and explained that ‘after he died we went down there, did a gig’

‘He turned around to whoever was in the audience and said: “Will you shut the f*** up” and this man goes “sorry” and it was Mick Jagger. And my Dad’s like: “It was only Mick Jagger!”’ 

Over the weekend, fans were given their first glimpse of Marisa as Amy in the first still from the upcoming biopic.

Spitting image: Marisa was styled in a black leather jacket and mini dress for the scenes

Spitting image: Marisa was styled in a black leather jacket and mini dress for the scenes

Signature look: The actress carryied a leather bag and sported Amy's signature hair do and gold hoop earrings

Signature look: The actress carryied a leather bag and sported Amy’s signature hair do and gold hoop earrings

Huge production: Sam Taylor Johnson is directing the biopic with a huge crew seen setting up on location in London

Huge production: Sam Taylor Johnson is directing the biopic with a huge crew seen setting up on location in London

Coveted role: With lashings of winged eyeline, the actress was the spitting image of the tragic singer - who died from alcohol poisoning aged 27 in 2011

Coveted role: With lashings of winged eyeline, the actress was the spitting image of the tragic singer – who died from alcohol poisoning aged 27 in 2011

The still showed the star on-stage  singing in the new film – which will be directed by Sam Taylor Johnson.

Marisa also posted a heartfelt tribute to Amy as the still was released, writing on Instagram on Friday: ‘And for London. This is for London. Cause Camden Town ain’t burnin down”. I love you, Amy.’

Marisa is known for her role in BBC and HBO drama Industry and will appear in the Barbie movie, set for release in July 2023.

First look: Over the weekend fans were given their first glimpse of Marisa as Amy in the first still from the upcoming biopic

First look: Over the weekend fans were given their first glimpse of Marisa as Amy in the first still from the upcoming biopic

Wow! According to Variety , Marisa Abela, 25, one of the stars of HBO and BBC drama Industry, is in discussions to play the singer

Sought after role: Marisa is known for her role in BBC and HBO drama Industry and will appear in the Barbie movie, set for release in July 2023 (pictured March 2022)

The film is expected to follow Winehouse’s life as a talented jazz singer in North London to her rise as a global superstar with her second album, 2006’s Back to Black, which included her smash hit single Rehab.

She became one of just five women at the time to win five Grammys in one night, including Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

The singer had struggles with alcohol and drug abuse throughout her career, passing away in 2011 at just 27 years of age from alcohol poisoning.

A24’s 2015 documentary Amy won the Oscar for Best Documentary, though this will be the first biopic to tackle her life, though other versions were in the works.

It was announced in 2015 that Noomi Rapace has signed on to star in a Winehouse biopic from Lotus Entertainment.

Superstar: The film is expected to follow her life as a talented jazz singer in North London to her rise as a global superstar with her second album, 2006's Back to Black, which included her smash hit single Rehab (pictured 2007)

Superstar: The film is expected to follow her life as a talented jazz singer in North London to her rise as a global superstar with her second album, 2006’s Back to Black, which included her smash hit single Rehab (pictured 2007)

Documentary: A24's 2015 documentary Amy won the Oscar for Best Documentary, though this will be the first biopic to tackle her life, though other versions were in the works

Documentary: A24’s 2015 documentary Amy won the Oscar for Best Documentary, though this will be the first biopic to tackle her life, though other versions were in the works

Kristen Sheridan, the daughter of In America director Jim Sheridan, was set to both direct and write the screenplay, though it never moved forward.

Then it was announced in October 2018 that Winehouse’s family signed a deal with Monumental Pictures for a biopic.

Kinky Boots writer Geoff Deane was brought on to write the script, with Alison Owen and Debra Hayward producing.

Four years later, the project has moved to StudioCanal with Taylor-Johnson, though both Owen and Hayward are remaining as producers, along with Tracey Seaward.

The project is being made with the ‘full support’ of Winehouse’s estate.

Taylor-Johnson started her career as a music video director including Elton John’s I want Love and The Weeknd’s Earned It.

She made her feature film debut with 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey, and went on to direct A Million Little Pieces and two episodes of Amazon’s Solos.

Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct the biopic (pictured 2018)

Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct the biopic (pictured 2018)

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