Miss Havishams descend on London

A group of five actresses dressed as the Charles Dickens character Miss Havisham, outside Westminster Abbey

A group of five actresses dressed as the Charles Dickens character Miss Havisham stand on the escalators at Leicester Square Tube

Actresses dressed as the Charles Dickens character Miss Havisham on the Tube

Actresses dressed as the character Miss Havisham on Westminster Bridge in front of the Elizabeth Tower at 8.40am, the time at which Miss Havisham was jilted at the altar

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Commuters could be forgiven for wondering "what the Dickens?" as a team of Miss Havishams wandered around the streets of London this morning.

Five models were transformed into the sinister character from Charles Dickens classic Great Expectations, visiting well known locations such as Westminster Abbey and heading down to a Tube line.

They were commissioned to celebrate a screening of Great Expectations - starring Douglas Booth, Ray Winstone and Gillian Anderson - on TV channel Drama on Sunday.

Make-up artists and stylists, who have worked with stars such as Helena Bonham Carter, Jerry Hall and Scissor Sisters, worked on transforming the women into Miss Havisham, who recently topped a poll as the most haunting character in literature.

The group gathered under the clock tower at the Palace of Westminster at 8.40am, the time at which Miss Havisham was jilted by her fiance and stopped all the clocks around her as a result of her heartbreak.

The team behind the stunt has also placed dating ads in various locations including Match.com and My Single Friend.

Adrian Wills, general manager of Drama, said: "The Miss Havishams are a fitting tribute to one of the most memorable characters ever created.

"We like to think that Charles Dickens, who is buried in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey, would have been amused to think that more than 150 years after he created Miss Havisham she is standing at the foot of Big Ben at 20 minutes to nine, still pining for her lost love."

Great Expectations will be screened from 6pm on Sunday and the following day from 4pm.

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