FAMOUS faces were spotted walking the red carpet in Liverpool for the premiere of series two of BBC drama Time.

Written by Liverpool-born Jimmy McGovern, the first series of the prison drama starred Stephen Graham and Sean Bean and was a huge hit.

The second series will star Jodie Whittaker, Tamara Lawrance and Bella Ramsey in the lead roles.

The three-part series has been filmed across Wirral, Liverpool, Halton and Knowsley.

At the premiere which took place at St George's Hall, Bella Ramsey told PA News Agency that she would watch Pixar film Finding Nemo to wind down after playing her most "hardened" character to date in the drama.

The 20-year-old, who has appeared in Game Of Thrones and The Last Of Us, stars as Kelsey, a drug user navigating the prison system.

Ramsey said: "She puts on this incredible front where she doesn’t want anybody to see her vulnerability, so in a way she’s like one of the most hardened characters I’ve played, because of that front, but inside there’s this deep, blistering vulnerability that is very much there.

"It was hard work. We did long days and it was intense subject matter.

"I had to come back and watch Finding Nemo a few times to get me out of it.

"It was an amazing experience. Whenever I get a chance to do something as intense and as gritty I jump at the opportunity because it’s what I live for."

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McGovern said he was not previously aware of Ramsey but his grandchildren were and "couldn’t believe" he was working with the actor.

The writer said he had been converted to a superfan and said Ramsey was "really, really good."

He said the new series, set in a women’s prison, was "intense" and would show viewers "everything that’s wrong with the British prison system".

McGovern, who wrote the drama with Helen Black and visited women’s prisons for research, said the dialogue was different to that in the first series.

He said: "In a women’s prison they talk and talk and talk. You could learn more in one visit to a women’s prison than in 10 to a men’s."