Hannah Waddingham didn’t need the help of an intimacy coordinator as she loved filming racy ‘Tom Jones’ scenes.
The 48-year-old actress - who plays cougar Lady Bellaston in ITV’s upcoming period rom-com - had no problem getting up close and personal for steamy sex scenes with her 23-year-old co-star Solly McLeod.
Hannah is quoted by the Daily Mirror newspaper's Square Eyes column as saying: "It was great to have the back-up but you find your own rhythms. I imagine her like a hawk with her claws and grabbing Tom."
Solly has admitted he didn't ever feel "awkward" during the more intimate scenes, and the pair instead had "fun" embracing their characters.
As quoted by the Daily Star's Hot TV column, he said: “The characters are fun and playful. We allowed ourselves to have fun with it. We were lucky enough to be comfortable enough with each other to be able to talk about the scenes.
“We were open to trying things and seeing what was right. I never felt weird or awkward.”
Based on Henry Fielding’s 1749 novel, 'The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling', the Bridgerton-esque story follows Tom as he embarks on a relationship with an heiress.
Speaking to virginradio.co.uk, Hannah explained what drew her to play such a scheming character.
She said: “The thing that drew me to her was not only her relationship with Tom, but actually her irritation and the sense of competition she feels with some fire.
"I just thought all the mileage for an older woman, who has always been as soon as she walks into a room, it's like total mic drop with everyone. Suddenly this young girl who is a relation and who she is supposed to give something to in life, comes into her orbit and genuinely rocks her in a different way than Tom does.
“She has this this the energy of these two young people making her question her own power in her environment, and I think that makes it so much worse and intoxicating for her to take control."