Charlie Hunnam is pictured filming new series Shantaram for the first time in Melbourne


Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam is pictured filming his new series Shantaram for the first time in Melbourne – as he sports a dingo mask during a dramatic robbery scene


Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam has been spotted on the set of the new Apple TV series Shantaram for the first time in Melbourne.

The 41-year-old actor – who will play convicted Australian bank robber Lin in the upcoming season  – filmed what appeared to be a dramatic robbery scene on Tuesday. 

Hunnam wore an oversized hoodie, light brown trousers and white sneakers and a checked shirt for the scenes.

There he is! Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam was spotted filming his upcoming Apple TV series Shantaram for the first time in Melbourne on Tuesday

There he is! Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam was spotted filming his upcoming Apple TV series Shantaram for the first time in Melbourne on Tuesday 

His hair looked particularly unkept and long as he waltzed through the set with a prop gun in his hand and a paper bag.

A crew member was then seen helping him place a creepy-looking dingo mask over his head before he walked down the street beside a fake restaurant.

Filming then took an action-packed turn, as Hunnam frantically ran down the street with the mask in his hand, presumably after the robbery took place. 

Scene: His hair looked particularly unkept and long as he waltzed through the set with a prop gun in his hand and a paper bag

Scene: His hair looked particularly unkept and long as he waltzed through the set with a prop gun in his hand and a paper bag

Helping hand: A crew member was then seen placing a dingo mask on Hunnam's head

Helping hand: A crew member was then seen placing a dingo mask on Hunnam’s head

Chilling: He was then seen placing a creepy-looking fox mask over his head, before walking down the street beside a restaurant

Pictured: Charlie Hunnam

Chilling: He was then seen walking with the creepy-looking dingo mask over his head, before walking down the street beside a restaurant 

Gone: Filming then took an action-packed turn, as Hunnam frantically ran down the street with the mask in his hands, presumably after the robbery took place

Gone: Filming then took an action-packed turn, as Hunnam frantically ran down the street with the mask in his hands, presumably after the robbery took place

Ensemble: Hunnam wore an oversized hoodie, light brown trousers and white sneakers and a checked shirt for the scene

Ensemble: Hunnam wore an oversized hoodie, light brown trousers and white sneakers and a checked shirt for the scene

Cast and crew around him all wore protective face masks, and Hunnam himself quickly slipped one on when not on camera.

He was also spotted off-camera in a vehicle nearby, his piercing blue eyes on full display as he gazed out of the window.

The upcoming series stars Hunnam and Australian actor Richard Roxburgh 

British-born Hunnam arrived in Australia in May to film the 10-episode drama thriller, which is based on the novel of the same name.

Dramatic: Hunnam darted down the street with his dingo mask in hand

Dramatic: Hunnam darted down the street with his dingo mask in hand 

Escape: Seconds earlier, he tore the mask off to make his great escape down the street

Escape: Seconds earlier, he tore the mask off to make his great escape down the street 

Safety first: Cast and crew around him all wore protective face masks, and Hunnam himself quickly slipped one on when not on camera

Safety first: Cast and crew around him all wore protective face masks, and Hunnam himself quickly slipped one on when not on camera

Baby blues: Hunnam was also spotted off-camera in a vehicle nearby, his piercing blue eyes on full display as he gazed out of the window

Baby blues: Hunnam was also spotted off-camera in a vehicle nearby, his piercing blue eyes on full display as he gazed out of the window

It tells the story of a convicted bank robber and heroin addict, Lin, who escapes from prison and flees to India.

Once there, he reinvents himself as a doctor in a slum before going on a number of weird and wonderful adventures.

The book is written by Gregory David Roberts and is inspired by his own life, after he escaped Pentridge Prison – the same jail featured in the novel – and fled to India.

Down Under: British-born Charlie arrived in Australia in May to film the 10-episode drama thriller, which is based on the novel of the same name

Down Under: British-born Charlie arrived in Australia in May to film the 10-episode drama thriller, which is based on the novel of the same name

The series has been filming at Melbourne’s Docklands studios, and will also film in Thailand after India’s recent COVID outbreak forced production to change locations.

Charlie first rose to fame in the British television series Queer as Folk in 1999.

He also starred in a number of hit films including, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, The True History of the Kelly Gang, and most recently Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen.

Most notably was his role on the award winning drama, Sons of Anarchy, which ran from 2008 to 2014 and centred on a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club.

Plot: Shantaram tells the story of a convicted bank robber and heroin addict, who escapes from prison and flees to India

Plot: Shantaram tells the story of a convicted bank robber and heroin addict, who escapes from prison and flees to India

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