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Surrey on screen: 60 films shot right here

We're eagerly awaiting the second series of Bridgerton - parts of which were filmed in Surrey. Of course, Surrey is no stranger to the big and small screen. Here are more than 60 of her starring moments.

With major film studios like Shepperton Studios and Longcross Studios located in Surrey, it’s unsurprising the county has drawn the eye of some of Hollywood’s top producers. Thousands of films and TV programmes have been shot at the studios over the years, but Surrey herself has also featured both as a location in films – such as the classic Christmas rom-com The Holiday which was partly set in Surrey, and also as a stand-in for other places..

The Featherington family in series one of Bridgerton, at Painshill in Cobham. Photo credit: Liam Daniel / Netflix © 2020 Netflix, Inc.

BETCHWORTH

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) – The classic British rom-com in which a bumbling Hugh Grant and his close group of friends attend a bunch of weddings. Wedding number 1 (that of Angus and Laura) was had St Michael’s Church in Betchworth playing the part of St John’s Church, Stoke Clandon, Somerset.

BOOKHAM

Shooting Fish (1997) – This British romantic crime comedy about two con-artists and a pretty medical-school student – played by Kate Beckinsale – as their secretary shot the country house scenes at Polesden Lacey.

BRAMLEY

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – This Oscar-nominated intergalactic superhero film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel – and Tilsey Farm in Bramley, near Guildford. Scenes that show the aircraft exploding were shot here.

COBHAM

Bridgerton (2020) – The Regency-era Netflix series by Shonda Rhimes had us swooning over the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), but eagle-eyed viewers will have noticed the appearance of several beauty spots closer to home including the 18th century landscaped gardens, Painshill, where scenes were shot showing the Featherington family promenading in the gardens. Other Surrey locations to feature in the series are Hampton Court Palace and the Walled Gardens in Sunbury Park

Dorian Gray (2009) – The gardens around the Serpentine Lake at Painshill stand in for Hampstead Heath in this adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s 1891 novel. The film stars Colin Firth, Ben Barnes and Rebecca Hall.

Suffragette (2015) – Painshill also provided some of the backdrop for parklands scenes in the movie Suffragette which has an A-list cast that includes Carey, Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Helen Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie Duff and Ben Whishaw.

101 Dalmations (1996) – The film which stars Glenn Close as the evil high-fashion designer Cruella DeVil alongside Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson and Hugh Laurie, also features scenes from Painshill.

CHERTSEY

The Dark Knight (2008) – Christian Bale, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger star in this 2008 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan. Ledger even came away with an Academy award for his performance as the Joker. Many of the scenes were filmed at the Longcross Film Studios in Chertsey.

CHIDDINGFOLD

The Long Hall at Ramster Hall in Chiddinfold features in the ballroom scenes in ‘Emma’.

Emma (2020) – The most recent film adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1815 novel shows the ballroom scenes at the Crown Inn filmed in the Long Hall at Ramster Hall, the private country house and wedding venue near Chiddingfold. Meanwhile, the scenes where Anya Taylor-Joy’s Emma is picnicking on Box Hill are not the real Box Hill at all, but rather Leith Hill just a few miles away to the south.

CHOBHAM

Superman II (1980) – Chobham Common was used as the site for a small American town in this superhero movie starring Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman and Margot Kidder. A mock-up of the town – where the supervillains land on earth – was built on the common by production teams, complete with shops, roads and a car park.

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) – The 1962 British epic historical drama based on the life of T. E. Lawrence was filmed in Saudia Arabia, Jordan, Morocco, Spain, Wales and… Chobham. The scene where Peter O’Toole comes off his motorbike was filmed on Chobham Common.

CRANLEIGH

World War Z (2013) – This apocalyptic epic sees Brad Pitt as a former UN investigator fighting against a Zombie infection that’s sweeping across the world. Filming takes places all across world including Budapest, Philadelphia, Malta and Glasgow, as well as in the UK including Dunsfold Park Aerodrome which stands in for the South Korean airfield.

Casino Royale (2006) – This is the film in which a dripping Daniel Craig emerges from the ocean in those tiny blue swimmers, pecs pumped and body glistening. But no, that scene sadly wasn’t shot in Surrey. The airport scenes however were, with Dunsfold Park playing the part of Miami International Airport.

CROYDON

The Da Vinci Code (2006) – Ron Howard’s film might be largely set in Paris, but Surrey also makes an appearance. The supposedly ‘Parisian’ lecture hall, in which Tom Hanks’s character Robert Langdon gives a lecture to promote his book is actually the Concert Hall at Fairfield Halls in Croydon. Some scenes were also shot at Shepperton Studios.

DEEPCUT

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) – Matthew Vaughn’s spy blockbuster stars Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Caine alongside Taron Egerton, as the young new recruit for the secret Kingsman agency. The Garrison Church of St Barbara at Deepcut, near Camberley, is where the Harry Hart’s (Firth) massacre scenes are shot.

EAST CLANDON

The Duchess (2008) – Filming of the 2008 film starring Keira Knightley took place in many locations across the UK including Bath, Bristol and Berkshire – but the cast spent several days at Clandon Park near Guildford where the Marble Hall in the former Palladian mansion house stood in for the breakfast room at Devonshire House. Clandon Park House was gutted in a fire in 2015, but is undergoing restoration.

EAST HORSLEY

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) – There are connections with Surrey aplenty in this whimsical Wonderland adventure, starting with author Lewis Carroll who although he never actually lived in Guildford, set up a home there for his six unmarried sisters, and visited often. Much of the film, which stars Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska, was shot at Shepperton Studios and Longcross Film Studios in Chertsey. But scenes of the asylum were also shot here, at Horsley Park.

EAST MOLESEY

Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides (2011) – Scenes set at St James’ Palace were actually shot in the courtyard of Hampton Court Palace, the former home of King Henry VIII.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows (2011) – Guy Ritchie’s film starring Robert Downey Jr as Sherlock alongside Jude Law’s Watson and Stephen Fry’s Mycroft, also stars some stellar Surrey locations. Top of the list is Hampton Court Palace playing the part of Kings College Cambridge. The gypsy camp scenes are shot in Richmond Park, and many of the interiors sets are shot at Shepperton Studios.

The New World (2005) – Terrence Malick’s historical romantic drama about John Smith and Pocahontas includes scenes filmed inside Hampton Court Palace, as well as the gardens.

Jack and the Giant Slayer (2013) – The comedy adventure film starring Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor, Bill Nighy features several Surrey locations including Hampton Court Palace and Bourne Woods in Farnham. Other scenes were shot at Longcross Studios in Chertsey, and Sheppertion Studios.

The Theory of Everything (2014) – The touching story in which Eddie Redmayne plays the famous physicist Stephen Hawking is shot predominantly in Cambridge, but Surrey also features. The gardens at Hampton Court Palace stand in for the formal gardens at Buckingham Palace in the scenes where Hawking relaxes with his family. And the airport scenes are shot at Dunsfold Park Aerodrome.

EGHAM

Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction (2006) – Sharon Stone returns at novellist Catherine Tramell in the second instalment of this erotic thriller. Royal Holloway College in Egham plays the role of the psychiatric institute.

ELSTEAD

Skyfall (2012) – A full-scale set of Skyfall Manor, the childhood home of James Bond, was built on the MoD site Hankley Common using plywood and plaster. This is the 23rd film in the series, and the third to star Daniel Craig. The site also featured in other Bond movies including The World is Not Enough and Die Another Day.

EPSOM

Goldeneye (1995) – From Puerto Rico to Russia via Switzerland and Monte Carlo, much of this Bond flick starring Pierce Brosnan is shot in exotic locales. However, the Queen’s Stand at Epsom Downs Racecourse, also makes an appearance – as the St Petersburg Airport.

Love Actually (2003) – Richard Curtis’s star-studded blockbuster follows the stories and love lives of a collection of characters at Christmas. Epsom Downs racecourse provides the setting of the the arrivals all at Heathrow, wile Sandown Park in Esher is transformed into the Milwaukee International Airport.

ESHER

Me Before You (2016) – The touching story of a paralysed man, based on the novels by Jojo Moyes, stars Sam Clafin and Emilia Clarke in the leading roles. A day spent by the couple at the races is filmed at Sandown Park Racecourse, and it also stands in as an airport check-in. A private home in in Esher doubles as the premises of the ‘Dignitas’ clinic in Switzerland.

Mama Mia Here We Go Again (2018) – While it’s true that much of the second Mama Mia film was shot abroad – Croatia, though, not Greece where it’s set Surrey also appears in the film. The gardens at Hampton Court Palace stand in for Paris’s Tuileries Gardens, and the privately owned Southborough House in Surbiton set the scene for a Parisian hotel lobby. Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher was used for scenes depicting Heathrow Airport.

FARNHAM

Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) – The fifth instalment Transformers film series which stars Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel and Stanley Tucci, covers some ground in its filming – from Michigan to Norway via Dublin and sevaral UK locations including Bourne Wood in Farnham where a significant battle scene was shot.

The Mummy (2017) – The action adventure starring Tom Cruise includes scenes shot in the grounds of of Waverley Abbey House, the Grade II-listed Georgian mansion house venue, as well as the ruins of Waverley Abbey. Winterfold Forest, near Cranleigh, also makes an appearance. The 1999 version of the film shot at Frensham Ponds, near Farnham.

Wonder Woman (2017) – Bourne Wood is a popular filming location and it wasn’t overlooked as a setting for this superhero movie, starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine. Some of the forest scenes were shot here. Other locations include Paris, Italy, Bloomsbury London, Arundel Castle and Essex.

The Golden Compass (2007) – Bourne Wood makes another appearance in this fantasy adventure based on Northern Lights, the first book in Philip Pullman’s trilogy His Dark Materials. As well as the Farnham location, filming also takes place in Canada, Norway, Hungary, Switzerland and the locations around the UK including Shepperton Studios.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) – The sixth and penultimate film in the Harry franchise included scenes shot in Bourne Wood in Farnham – and the same location was also used in the last three films of the franchise. Surbiton Station also makes an appearance in the film.

Gladiator (2000) – Ridley Scott’s Oscar-winning epic starring Russell Crowe as General Maximus saw the ancient Bourne Woodlands as well as nearby countryside step in as the perfect backdrop for scenes in the forests of Southern Germany.

War Horse (2011) – Steven Spielberg’s World War I drama based on novel by Michael Morpurgo uses Bourne Wood in the scene where Joey the horse drags artillery up the hill. Meanwhile, at Wisley Airfield crew members spent six weeks digging out 250 yards of trenches for scenes of trench warfare. Other scenes were also filmed at Longcross Studios and Twickenham Studios.

Thor: The Dark World (2013) – The opening battle scenes between the two kingdoms in this Marvel blockbuster starring Chris Hemsworth actually take place at Bourne Wood.

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) – Bourne Wood is as a cinematic background in this superhero film starring Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving and Samuel L. Jackson. Interiors scenes were shot at Shepperton Studios.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – Another Marvel production, with Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo starring, and another to film at Bourne Wood. Many of the action scenes were shot here, including the motorbike chase. Meanwile, the interiors of Avengers Tower were shot at Sheperton Studios.

Hot Fuzz (2007) – Simon Pegg’s cop comedy includes chase scenes shot at Waverley Abbey.

28 Days Later . . . (2002) – Danny Boyle’s zombie flick starring Cillian Murphy and several memorable central London scenes, also featured countryside scenes shot in Waverley Abbey.

Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) – The film with Cate Blanchett in the title role was filmed in part at Waverley Abbey, Bourne Wood and Frensham Little Pond. Leeds Castle in Kent also makes an appearnce.

Robin Hood (2010) – Forget Nottingham Forest, Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett takes place at various spots around Surrey (and other UK locations). Bourne Wood appears often including in the opening scene. The boat scenes portraying the Thames in London are actually shot at Virginia Water. Many of the castle scenes are shot at Shepperton Studios where sets were constructed.

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) – The National Trust’s Frensham Ponds takes centre stage in this Gothic re-imagining of the classic Brother’s Grimm fairytale, Snow White starting Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart. Crew transformed the site into a fishing village for the film.

FETCHAM

Diana (2013) – This biographical drama starring Naomi Watts in the title role, is shot in exotic locations including Mozambique, New Delhi, Croatia and Italy. The scenes set at London’s Ritz Hotel were actually shot at Fetcham Park the popular wedding venue near Leatherhead.

GUILDFORD

The Crown (2016) – Netflix’s TV series includes scenes shot at Loseley Park – standing in for Broadlands, Mountbatten’s family seat in Hampshire, where the Queen and Prince Philip spent their honeymoon in 1947, and a few decades later where Charles and Diana spent the first few days of their honeymoon.

Emma (2009) – The BBC’s 4-episode adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel, starring Romola Garai as Emma and Jonny Lee Miller as Mr Knightley has Loseley Park playing the part of Donwell Abbey, Mr Knightley’s estate. Other scenes are shot at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Woking, Stocketts Manor (as the Crown Inn ballroom) in Old Oxted and Squerryes Court just over the border in Westerham, Kent, as Hartfield, Mr Woodhouse’s estate.

The Omen (1976) – Guildford Cathedral was a used as a backdrop for cult horror film The Omen, arguably one of the most iconic horror films of all time.

GODALMING

St Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold (2009) – Charterhouse School in Godalming is the location for the ‘Old Boys School’ and the boys’ choir was the Guildford Cathedral Choir. The girls’ St Trinians school was filmed at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire.

KINGSTON

Vera Drake (2004) – The 1950s period drama starring Imelda Staunton in the title role is shot in various London locales. Viewers might recognise the Central Criminal Court, the ‘Old Bailey’, in which Vera is sentenced to prison, as the County Hall in Kingston.

RICHMOND

The Young Victoria (2009) – Ham House in Richmond stands in for Kensington Palace, with the distinctive black and white marble floor in Great Hall and the grand staircase easily recognisable. The gardens at Hampton Court Palace are also shown in the film, in the scene where Lord Melbourne (Paul Bettany) finally acknowledges the qualities of his rival, Prince Albert (Rupert Friend), and advises the Queen (Emily Blunt).

Finding Neverland (2004) – The film about playwright J.M. Barrie and his relationship with the family that inspired Peter Pan, stars Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet and Julie Christie. Richmond Theatre also makes an appearance.

The Krays (1990) – Gary and Martin Kemp star in this 1990 film about the life of twin crime-lord brothers. Much of the film is shot at various south London locations, but the exterior of Richmond Theatre steps in as the nightclub in the film.

A Little Chaos (2014) – The British period drama directed by Alan Rickman is about two landscape artists – André Le Nôtre (Matthias Schoenaerts) and Sabine de Barra (Kate Winslet) who become romantically entangled while building a garden in King Louis XIV’s palace at Versailles. It features Ham House in Richmond as André’s home. Hampton Court Palace also appears as the Louvre staircase.

SHERE

Beauty and the Beast (2017) – Most of the sets for this lavish Disney production were built at Shepperton studios. But outdoor scenes including Belle’s father getting lost in the dark forest were shot at Winterfold Forest and Hurtwood, Shere.

The Holiday (2006) – Nancy Meyers classic Christmas rom-com starring Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz is set between Californian and the Surrey village of Shere. Scenes from this feel good movie are filmed in Shere, Wonersh and Godalming. Iris’ (Winslet) picture-perfect cottage was custom built for the production.

The Wedding Date (2005) – The romantic comedy starring Debra Messing and hunky Dermot Mulroney are shot at several Surrey locations including a picnic scene at Winkworth Arboretum near Godalming and a wedding at St James’ Church in Shere. Chilworth Manor, a historic country house located between Chilworth and St Martha’s Hill also appears.

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) – Alongside Thailand, Austria, Italy and other locations around the UK including Richmond, Bridget makes an appearance in Shere – the beautiful St Jame’s Church to be exact, where her mother renews her wedding vows.

SURBITON

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) – The sixth and penultimate film in the Harry franchise included scenes shot in Bourne Wood in Farnham – and the same location was also used in the last three films of the franchise. Meanwhile, the station café in which Harry sits reading The Daily Prophet was shot at Surbiton Station.

VIRGINIA WATER

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) – While locations in Scotland feature heavily in the shooting of this film, it might surprise you to know that scenes at the lake were filmed at Virginia Water. Virginia Water Lake also features as the Hogwarts Lake, in The Prisoner of Azkaban when Harry takes a ride on Buckbeak. The lake also makes an appearance in The Goblet of Fire.

WARLINGHAM

Snatch (2000) – Guy Ritchies’ British comedy crime starring Jason Statham, Brad Pitt and Benicio Del Toro includes gypsy camp scenes filmed in Warlingham.

WEYBRIDGE

Layer Cake (2004) – The British crime thriller starring Daniel Craig and Sienna Miller includes scenes filmed at St George’s Hill, Weybridge. Stoke Park in Bucks also makes an appearance.

WISLEY

War Horse (2011) – Steven Spielberg’s World War I drama based on novel by Michael Morpurgo uses Bourne Wood in the scene where Joey the horse drags artillery up the hill. Meanwhile, at Wisley Airfield crew members spent six weeks digging out 250 yards of trenches for scenes of trench warfare. Other scenes were also filmed at Longcross Studios and Twickenham Studios.

5 comments on “Surrey on screen: 60 films shot right here”

  • Margaret C Stewart February 26, 2021

    Fascinating but only the tip of the iceberg. Egham Museum ran an exhibition before the first lockdown on the use of surrounding areas in films and TV. See a full list at https://eghammuseum.org/local-films-tv/
    Hopefully this exhibition will continue for a few weeks when the museum is finally allowed to reopen.

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  • Dave February 26, 2021

    American werewolf in London at The Black Swan in Ockham

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  • Caroline Sullivan February 27, 2021

    The recent tv programme with keely hawes had a lot of it filmed in weybridge

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  • Mof February 27, 2021

    Great list.
    Shere was also a location for “Die Monster Die” (1965) with Boris Karloff, the immortal Frankenstein (who is buried at Guildford crematorium), and the recent biopic of Roal Dahl “To Olivia” starring Hugh Bonneville and Keeley Hawes. Shere and its environs also appeared extensively in “Reunion at Fairbourgh” ((1985) with Robert Mitcham and Deborah Kerr.
    St Martha’s Hill featured fleetingly in A Canterbury Tale” (1944) and “In the Bleak Midwinter” (1995).

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  • Michael Burton February 27, 2021

    Brookwood Cemetery was also in The Omen.

    The house in Finding Alice was situated in Farnham.

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