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Paloma Faith in King’s Cross for Pennyworth filming

Singer plays villain Bet Sykes in new television series based on Batman stories

02 May, 2019

Paloma Faith in her role as Bet Sykes [All photos: Simon Lamrock]

AS a show-stopping singer, Paloma Faith is conspicuous for her quirky costumes and outlandish hairdos.

But on Thursday she made a more conservative appearance in King’s Cross as the cameras rolled for a new Batman-related television series. Faith has been cast as “sadistic and sharp-tongued” villain Bet Sykes in Pennyworth – a prequel to the DC comics.


Producers used the backdrop of historic shops in Dukes Road – off Woburn Walk – with classic cars driven into the street. A sign apologised for any inconvenience caused by the road closure.

Pennyworth is based on the adventures of butler Alfred Pennyworth, who famously served Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, in the classic superhero strip. It imagines Pennyworth in his younger years as a former SAS soldier working alongside Wayne’s father, Thomas, in London.

Faith, a former judge on The Voice whose hits include Cry Baby and Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?, knows the area well.

The roads are closed off

She grew up in neighbouring Islington, attending Islington Green School before it became an academy, and gave birth at University College London Hospital.

“It’s like, in a public persona I have to be really nice all the time, and as a mother I have to be really nice all the time,” she said. “It’s so amazing to go to work and everyone wants you to be as horrible as possible. I really enjoy it. I love that.”

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