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Happy Valley's Sarah Lancashire shows off stylish new look after shocking finale

Happy Valley actress Sarah Lancashire has been photographed donning a new hairstyle just days after the explosive finale of the BBC show aired.

Catherine Cawood actress Sarah, 58, donned long blonde locks, which were usually tied back in a low bun, along with a full fringe for her role as the community officer for the Yorkshire police.

But, after her character was seen confronting a muderous, blood-soaked maniac in the epic finale, Sarah appeared to decide it was time for a new look.

The actress donned a short, shoulder-length bob with a full fringe as she was spotted out and about near her home in Twickenham, south west London.

Happy Valley actress Sarah Lancashire has been spotted out following the show's explosive finale (
Actress Sarah was spotted out with her TV producer husband Peter Salmon (

She kept warm from the chilly February weather in a fluffy black coat and scarf and wore a pair of blue denim jeans and black boots as she strolled through the high street with her husband Peter Salmon.

Sarah added a pair of sunglasses to her look and clutched on to a black and brown handbag while walking with her TV producer husband Peter, 66, and their King Charles Cavalier pooch.

Sarah's new hair do is a step away from the look donned by character Catherine Cawood (
Sarah's husband Peter walked while holding a crutch as Sarah walked their dog (

The actress was captured laughing as her husband waved her off while she made her way into a shop and he stood outside with the dog.

Peter appeared to have been in the wars lately himself as he was seen with one crutch as he wore a navy blue coat, black tracksuit bottoms and navy trainers for the outing.

The couple shared a joke before Sarah headed into a shop (

Later, the actress – who has also appeared in Coronation Street and Dad's Army – was seen making her way home while holding some spring bulbs in a basket with one hand.

In the other hand Sarah held onto her handbag and a Tesco bag filled with groceries, including a French bagette.

The sighting comes after Happy Valley viewers praised the epic finale, which aired on Sunday night.

Actress Sarah bought some spring bulbs and groceries on her trip (
The TV star enjoyed some downtime after the explosive Happy Valley series' ending aired (

A whopping 7.5 million viewers tuned in to see James Norton's character Tommy Lee Royce set fire to himself and burned to death after clashing one last time with police officer Catherine.

Since the show's finale marked the end of the series and the show – but some are hoping there will be a fourth series.

Tommy actor James Norton discussed the ending and said it was "perfect".

The Happy Valley series ending received praise from fans (BBC/Lookout Point/Matt Squire)

Norton said: "The ending was sort of perfect, in a Sally Wainwright(writer) sort of way.

"It was fireworks but it wasn’t fireworks. It was sitting over a kitchen table and that is where Happy Valley really thrived. That’s the heart of the whole show. Cups of tea over kitchen tables in kitchens in Yorkshire.

"It’s not a big stunt set pieces on wires and jumping off cliffs, and guns and fireworks. It’s gentle, it’s domestic, it’s human."

Despite the hugely positive reception, Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright admitted fears the ending would "fall at the final hurdle".

Speaking on Newsnight, she said: "I tend not to very get nervous any more really, I'm kinda philosophical that it is what it is and people will respond how they respond.

James Norton, who played Tommy Lee Royce, called the ending 'perfect' (BBC/Lookout Point/Matt Squire)

"But I think because it appeared to be doing very well I was worried it might fall at the final hurdle and people might think it was a disappointing ending in some way but I kinda knew it wasn't. I knew it was what I wanted it to be.

"It was satisfying. I had a real choice about whether to end on a pessimistic note or an optimistic one.

"Which one of them was gonna survive but it was a no brainer to end on an optimistic note with someone like Catherine. She's such a force for good.

"I have Sarah to thank for that ending in many ways. I wrote the first draft and everyone seemed happy with it and she made it clear she wasn't happy with it."

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