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Diver transformed into a mermaid
Hannah Stacey
Hannah has been free diving for six years
A free diver from Cornwall has been turned into a mermaid for a romantic comedy film starring Kelly Brook.

Hannah Stacey, 29, from near Newquay, has donned the prosthetic tail for Fish Tales, a film about a mermaid who falls in love with a university professor.

Hannah, who currently holds the UK's free diving woman's record of 54m (177ft), said it was a dream come true.

"I'm very excited - I can't wait to see the final film. I feel more like a mermaid than I thought I would."

Hannah has spent a total of three weeks in Greece filming her part in the film, which also stars Titantic actor Billy Zane.

Hannah in mermaid costume
In The Swim: Hannah in her mermaid costume

Director Alki David said she was extraordinary graceful.

"She's amazing in the tail, she's like a natural. As soon as she put it on, she just took off. She knew exactly what to do and we couldn't stop her."

The tail took three-and-a-half months to build and was moulded to fit Hannah.

"Once you get into the water and are cocooned inside this tail, you are a fish and I keep trying to look behind over my shoulder to see my tail flicking," she said.

The film, which also stars Billy Zane, is expected to be released next Summer.




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