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Downton Abbey's Maggie Smith and Ozark's Laura Linney spotted filming new movie in Dublin

One of the scenes was filmed at the Great South Wall, near Poolbeg

Both Laura and Maggie were looking across the bay and seemed to be having a good laugh between takes. Pics : Mark Doyle

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DOWNTON Abbey star Maggie Smith and Ozark’s Laura Linney are pictured here the first time here filming in Dublin their new movie The Miracle Club.

The actors, who are co-starring alongside Kathy Bates in a movie set partly in the capital, shot scenes in several locations.

The pair held hands for one scene which was filmed at the Great South Wall, near Poolbeg.

Their scene also included standing near a plaque to what appears to be a storyline about Declan Fox (19), who drowned at sea in 1927 and has a statue of the Virgin Mary underneath his memorial.

At another location Linney is pictured emerging from a house at Emmet Square, opposite the Blackrock Clinic, wearing a bright yellow coat, green dress and holding a suitcase.

Laura & Maggie at Poolbeg Light House, The Great South Wall, next to Ringsend, Dublin. Pics : Mark Doyle

The actors appear to be staying in Dublin’s plush five star Merrion Hotel, where they have been spotted dining.

The Miracle Club is ,a movie based on three Irish women who travel to Lourdes and is being directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan, of Ordinary Decent Criminal and December Bride fame.

Laura Linney and Maggie Smith were both were looking at a plaque dedicated to Declan Fox on the wall. Pics : Mark Doyle

According to Variety, the powerhouse-led film will “follow the journey of a group of riotous working-class women from Dublin, whose pilgrimage to Lourdes in France leads them to discover each other’s friendship and their own personal miracles”.

Bates (73), who famously played Annie Wilkes in Misery, previously told Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late Show that the trio were “very excited” to visit Ireland to film.

“The only catch is we have to learn working-class Dublin circa 1970s accents. So, that's going to be quite difficult. I suspect there's going to be plenty of Irish actresses with their knives out, waiting for us to make a misstep.”

Smith (87) has a glittering acting career spanning eight decades, starring in over 60 films, 70 plays and countless TV shows.

Her most prominent role in recent years is as Violet Gantham in Downton Abbey.

Linney (58) has an acting career that began in the early 90s and has landed major roles in motion pictures and TV shows. Linney’s role as chaotic Wendy Byrde in Netflix’s Ozark has earned much critical acclaim.

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

Maurer said: “At its heart, this film captures the strength, resilience, and love of remarkable women as they define themselves under their own terms, and by the power of their friendship and faith.”

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