Get Your First Look At Sarah Lancashire On Set As Julia Child

Legendary chef Julia Child is no stranger to TV stardom, thanks to her television show "The French Chef." But while we got to see her as in her element, we didn't really know very much about her life. That will change with "Julia," the eight-part series that's set to premiere on HBO Max. 

Viewers will not be getting a rehashed cooking show. HBO has revealed (via Food & Wine) that the program will showcase a period of great change within American society, "an evolving time in American history — the emergence of public television as a new social institution, feminism and the women's movement, the nature of celebrity and America's cultural growth. At its heart, the series is a portrait of a loving marriage with an evolving and complicated power dynamic." Likely because of the coronavirus pandemic, HBO didn't exactly give us a clue as to when the series would drop, but we now have our first glimpse of what it's likely to look like, and what the iconic chef will look like, too.

Sarah Lancashire has been spotted in costume

An image has been shared of British actress Sarah Lancashire at Boston Common, where the famed chef lived between 1961 and 2001. As for casting an actress from across the pond to play Julia Child, showrunners could not have made a better choice. Lancashire is a known quantity in the world of British television, having starred in roles that range from soaps like "Coronation Street," to playing a police sergeant in the critically acclaimed show "Happy Valley," for which she snagged the best drama performance in 2017 at Britain's National Television Awards (via Yours).

The actress, who was awarded an Order of the British Empire in 2017, has admitted to struggling with depression and has spoken out publicly about it. "It's a cruel illness because you can't see it and you can hide it so well. I'm a genius at hiding it. I think a lot of people are. Actors are bloody marvelous at hiding," she said. 

We can't wait to see Lancashire in action.