First Image of Glenn Close as Albert Nobbs

Glenn Close makes a fairly convincing looking bloke it must be said. The first image from the Dublin set of Albert Nobbs has landed online, courtesy of The Daily Mail, and it sees the US star  in character as a British woman who is forced to dress as a man in order to land a job as an Irish butler.

Based on the George Moore short story stars, in addition to 5 time Oscar nominee Close, Sir Michael Gambon, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Aaron Johnson and Mia Wasikowska .  In Treatment director Rodrigo García is the man behind the camera, with Close also credited as a producer and co-writer.

Currently shooting on the streets of Dublin the movie is set to be released around the end of 2011. I for one am looking forward to seeing the finished article.


19th century Ireland: a woman with no husband or family and without work would face a bleak life of poverty and loneliness. Albert, a shy butler who keeps himself to himself, has been hiding a deep secret for years – ‘he’ is a woman who has had to dress and behave as a man all her life in order to escape this fate. When handsome painter Hubert Page arrives at the hotel, Albert is inspired to try and escape the false life she has created for herself. She gathers her nerves to court beautiful, saucy young maid Helen in whom she thinks she’s found a soul-mate – but Helen’s eye is on a new arrival: handsome, bad-boy Joe, the new handy-man! As Albert dares to hope that she might one day live a normal life, we catch a glimpse of a free-spirited woman who is caught in the wrong time… This humorous but ultimately poignant ensemble story about life ‘below-stairs’ is nothing less than Gosford Park meets Boys Don’t Cry.