So The Missing’s Abigail Hardingham Looks Pretty Different IRL

And she's revealed a big secret about how she nailed THAT creepy look...

We can’t believe we still have to wait FIVE whole days to see the final part of The Missing.

The BBC1 thriller has had us completely gripped over the past seven weeks, telling the story of a family whose daughter goes missing – and then returns 11 years later.

See: One Of The Missing Actors Has Spoken Out About Its Ending

The Missing

Gemma and Sam Webster have been dealing with the return and subsequent death of their daughter Alice

If you haven’t caught up on the most recent episode, look away now…

Basically, Abigail Hardingham plays who we thought was the newly-returned Alice Webster. However, we now know that she’s actually fellow captive Sophie Giroux.

Yep. At the end of Wednesday’s show, we saw the real Alice locked up in a Swiss cabin, where Sophie and abductor Gattrick have fled with their daughter Lucy.

Or at least, that’s what seems to have happened…

Abigail Hardingham is haunting in The Missing

Abigail Hardingham is haunting in The Missing

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But who is Abigail Hardingham?

Well, you’ve probably seen the 24-year-old before. Before The Missing came along, she’d starred in shows including Broadchurch, Holby City and Waterloo Road.

She also nabbed roles in shows The Sparticle Mystery and Angel Of Decay and horror-comedy film Nina Forever.

Abigail Hardingham

Abigail Hardingham looks pretty different in real life

For her part as Alice/Sophie, Abigail cut off her long brunette hair in favour of the short cut her character unveiled after relocating to Switzerland.

But she didn’t just scoop those shorn locks into the bin. Nuh-uh. Instead, she kept the ends to use as hair extensions later on.

In an Instagram post, she revealed: ‘Would you beweave it they made extensions out of my dead hair trimmings! #TheMissing2.’

Would you beweave it they made extensions out of my dead hair trimmings! #TheMissing2

A photo posted by Abigail Hardingham (@abihardingham_) on

She’s also revealed how she and the make-up team on The Missing achieved Alice/Sophie’s deathly pallor.

She recently captioned an Instagram photo: ‘2-3 hours in the makeup chair most mornings usually mean, earlier pick up times, and fat sleepless eyelids. But our look for Alice played such an integral role in telling her story and evoking mystery. We used tiny prosthetics on my eyes to make my lids look swollen, IPA alcohol solution was used to apply a white base and tiny red capillaries/abrasions/spots/dryness etc, we also used a face friendly pva glue and translucent powder to give my lips that chapped look.’

2-3 hours in the makeup chair most mornings usually mean, earlier pick up times, and fat sleepless eyelids. But our look for Alice played such an integral role in telling her story and evoking mystery. We used tiny prosthetics on my eyes to make my lids look swollen, IPA alcohol solution was used to apply a white base and tiny red capillaries/abrasions/spots/dryness etc, we also used a face friendly pva glue and translucent powder to give my lips that chapped look. (Which I would nibble off, unfortunately for my makeup artist Koko who had to reapply it ten times a day/sorry @kokocharki ) My hands and feet were covered in scratches and mud, I also needed two tattoo cover ups on my feet. My hair was lightened and chopped into haphazardly; We then applied the spider web tattoo on the inside of the left wrist. I lost 10lbs in the 5 weeks leading up to the shoot and the makeup team also shaded my collar bones to look more pronounced, and contoured my double chin!! A LOT of hard work and creative dedication went into creating Alice's look and I worked with the BEST make up team; a beautiful set of women who I was so thankful to see every day over the 5 month shoot. The day starts and ends in the make-up truck! These women helped me work to the best of my ability and always made me laugh! Not to mention they all speak 3 languages and are incredibly smart/ beautiful!! Thank you @lilidarky @little.corner.in.the.sky @kokocharki @michellebeeckman_mua + Nat 💗💗💗💗

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It was definitely worth it, lady. Bring on Wednesday…