HOLLYWOOD actress Kate Winslet has been spotted in Dorset as filming for Ammonite gets underway.

The Oscar-winning star is appearing alongside Saoirse Ronan in the film, which follows a fictitious relationship between the famous fossil hunter Mary Anning and another woman.

Filming is taking place at The Cobb and Monmouth Beach in Lyme Regis over the next two weeks.

The area around Bell Cliff and Cobb Gate have been transported back to the 1840s and Kate, playing Mary, was seen venturing into 'Anning's Fossils and Curios.'

Producers have closed a section of the pavement from the Seasalt shop down to the steps leading to Cobb Gate car park to pedestrians.

A two-storey fake Georgian house front has been built outside the Seasalt shop and a fake stone wall has been placed in front of the bus shelter above Cobb Gate car park.

The film, developed by See-Saw Films, the British Film Institute and BBC Films and written and directed by Francis Lee, will be set in 1840s England and follow Anning as she becomes a nursemaid for a wealthy woman from London.