PVC boots at Downing Street? Dr Who star Karen Gillan is an unexpected guest at No 10… while Bonnie Wright and Joanne Froggatt pose at London"s…

PVC boots on Downing Street Dr Who star Karen Gillan is an unexpected guest at No 10… while Bonnie Wright and Joanne Froggatt pose at London's most iconic landmarks

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12:18 GMT, 5 September 2012

If you were a tourist passing by Downing St recently, you may well have been met with the arresting sight of a flame-haired Karen Gillan leaning casually on the shoulder of a a police guard on the doorstep of No 10.

Usually reserved for the most formal of photoshoots – the Prime Minister's first day in office, budget day or the arrival of esteemed guests – No 10 allowed Marie Claire magazine unparalleled access for a fashion shoot – meaning the Dr Who star was able to strike a pose at the famous address.

Her PVC boots no doubt raised an eyebrow among the distinguished residents of the Prime Minister's street – but she pulled off the moment with aplomb.
Elsewhere, Harry Potter star Bonnie Wright – another striking red head – was making her mark on another London landmark as she floated ethereally through the hallowed halls of Westminster Abbey.

Wearing a diaphanous chiffon dress and with her auburn hair crimped into soft waves, she looked a world away from her role in Harry Potter, where she plays Ginny Weasley, the irritating younger sister of Ron.

Prime spot: Dr Who star Karen Gillian strikes a pose with a policeman outside 10 Downing St - the first time a fashion shoot has taken place here

Prime spot: Dr Who star Karen Gillian strikes a pose with a policeman outside 10 Downing St – the first time a fashion shoot has taken place here

Joanne Froggatt, the mousy maid in
Downton Abbey, showed how glam she really is when she's out of costume
as she posed in a mini dress at the Foreign Office, tipping an Alexander
Wang hat (the most glamorous happening at the building to date).

The girls' shoots come as part of a
partnership Marie Claire has struck up with the Government's GREAT
campaign, an initiative they hope will invite the world to take a fresh
look at everything Britain has to offer – with a focus on encouraging
investment and tourism.

The full shoot, whose roll call of homegrown talent is completed by
actresses Helen McCrory, Ophelia Lovibond, Eleanor Tomlinson, Antonia
Thomas, Oona Chaplin, and Lily James, appears in this month's issue of
Marie Claire, out this Thursday.

Trish Halpin Editor-in-Chief says 'To be the first fashion magazine granted access to these amazing London landmarks is a real honour. Along with the fabulous line up of acting talent the shoot shows just how much Great Britain has to be proud of.'

Sandie Dawe, Chief Executive of VisitBritain said: 'As the UK celebrates its successful hosting of the London 2012 Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, there’s no better time to showcase the very best of what Britain has to offer.

'Women around the world will see stunning British design set against some of our most spectacular heritage sites. The Marie Claire feature will remind people that London is a great city for fashion and shopping.'

Exclusive access: Bonnie Wright poses at Westminster Abbey

Exclusive access: Bonnie Wright poses at Westminster Abbey

Royal style: Downton Abbey actress Joanne Froggatt tries on a guard's hat for size

Royal style: Downton Abbey actress Joanne Froggatt wears an Alexander Wang hat on loan from the National Army Museum

See the full shoot in the latest issue of Marie Claire, on news stands Thursday

See the full shoot in the latest issue of Marie Claire, on news stands Thursday