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French actress Marion Cotillard pictured stepping into the role on set in Croatia

French actress Marion Cotillard was spotted fitting into her role during the filming of her latest movie in Croatia.

The 46-year-old was pictured in a polka dot dress, brown summer hat and sunglasses while holding a cigarette as she looked out over a balcony on set in the village of Dubrovnik, Croatia.

She plays the role of Solange D’Ayen in the historical biopic Lee, which chronicles the life of Vogue model and World War II correspondent Lee Miller.

Marion stars alongside actors Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Josh O’Connor.

Titled Lee, the film will follow the photojournalist’s life and experiences as she travels to the front lines of World War II and attempts to uncover the horrifying truths of the Nazis.

The actress looked relaxed in her role and sported a worried expression on her face while maintaining her character throughout filming.

Her hair was worn in big curls and had a dark red lip that perfectly matched her understated French look.

On her return to Britain after the war, Lee buried the records of her war work in boxes in the attic of her Sussex home and her photographs were not discovered until they were found by her son after her death.

During her journey, she then comes to terms with the truths of her own past – having been the victim of a rape when she was just seven years old.

In 1914, Lee had been sent to stay with family friends near New York while her mother, Florence, was ill in the hospital. There she was raped and infected with gonorrhea – apparently by a male friend or relative of the family she was staying with.

Later in her life, the New York fashion photographer not only appeared in American Vogue, but also witnessed the horrors of Nazi Germany firsthand – becoming one of the most important photographers to capture the 20th century.

One of only two female combat photographers during World War II, she was also one of the few female correspondents to venture into the liberated concentration camps.

Before World War II she worked as a 1920s cover girl and collaborated with surrealist artists in Europe before embarking on a career as a photojournalist.

She found photography to be “an ideal career for women because it seems to me that women are quicker and more adaptable than men. And I think they have an intuition that helps them understand personalities faster than men.

In 1937, Picasso painted six portraits of Lee, including one in which she had a third eye.

After a stay in Cairo, she returned to Paris, where she met the British surrealist painter and curator Roland Penrose, who later taught the use of camouflage in World War II.

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