EXCLUSIVE: Naomi Watts is the double of doe-eyed Princess Diana in first look at actress in character as tragic Royal

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By Paul Revoir

With immaculately coiffured blonde hair and a stylish colour coordinated outfit, she bears an uncanny likeness to the woman she is portraying.

New pictures have revealed how English actress Naomi Watts has captured the look of Princess Diana in a film about the last two years of the tragic royal’s life before her death in 1997.

Miss Watts, 43, who has previously starred in Hollywood films such as 21 Grams and King Kong, was spotted in the UK filming scenes for forthcoming production Caught In Flight, which is released next year.

Seeing Diana: Naomi Watts bears an uncanny resemblance to the late Princess Diana as she stepped out in character for her role in new film Caught In Flight

Magic of make-up Miss Watts insisted that she looked nothing like Diana, seen right in Angola in 1997- but the film's make-up artists have certainly done their job

The film is thought to focus on her relationship with heart surgeon Dr Hasnat Khan and also looks at her time with Dodi Fayed, who she was with at the time she died.
The movie will include her death, aged 36, in a car in a Paris tunnel in 1997 with Dodi.

Miss Watts, who at the start of her career starred in Australian daytime soap Home and Away, has admitted she is ‘absolutely terrified’ of playing the part of the princess.

The Oscar-nominated acress has said of her controversial new role: ‘’She is a part of our history, an incredible woman and fascinating but a tragic ending.

Sombre: Naomi was dressed in all black as she was seen leaving a building in character, and right, seen recently at Elton John's White Tie and Tiara ball

‘The film-makers came to me and it’s a good script and it’s very scary and I kind of wanted to say ‘no’ but I couldn’t.’

Miss Watts moved to London’s Kensington to prepare for the role and was said to have visited Diana’s favourite places -such as The Harbour Club and Beauchamp Place - as part of the preparations to get into character.

Her co-star Naveen Andrews, who plays Dr Hasnat Khan in the film recently, suggested Miss Watts is the only actress able to play the princess.

Scary: Naomi was impressed with the script but admits she found the prospect 'very scary'

The Lost actor said: ‘I don’t think anyone else could have done it - there’s no one else.’

He added: ‘Whenever you work, usually if something has a chance or the potential to be good it usually starts with a good script and I’m very happy with the script and Naomi is doing it and she’s wonderful... I’m very much looking forward to shooting.’

The film is being made by acclaimed German director Oliver Hirschbiegel, who is famous for his portrayal of the last days of Hitler in his bunker in Downfall.

He reportedly said that Miss Watts was ‘a truly exceptional actress’ who embodied ‘the warmth, humanity and empathy’ of the ‘global icon’ Princess Diana,

Miss Watts, who had previously been in a relationship with Heath Ledger, is currently with actor Liev Schreiber, with whom she has two sons.

Serious: Acclaimed German director Oliver Hirschbiegel, famous for his portrayal of the last days of Hitler in his bunker in Downfall, is taking the reins of the film