Filming locations in Norfolk

Published: Friday 8th Jun 2018

Written by: Georgia Dawson

With the gorgeous rolling countryside, miles of beautiful sandy beaches and the vibrant, historic city of Norwich at its heart, Norfolk has proven popular with filming. Various movies have been filmed in Norfolk over the years, starring famous actors such as James McAvoy, Keira Knightley and Robert Downey Jr. With miles and miles of beautiful varied landscape, it’s no wonder the following films chose Norfolk to film their production:

1. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

The Avengers: Age of Ultron is an American film based on the popular Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers. The film was produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The film was written and directed by Joss Wheden and features famous actors such as Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johannsson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Idris Elba and Samuel L. Jackson. 

The film was shot in various cities in multiple countries, including Johannesburg in South Africa, New York City in the USA and Chittagong in Bangladesh. However, in June 2014 the team took to the University of East Anglia, in the heart of Norwich, to film some scenes. 

2. The Duchess (2008)

The Duchess is a British drama film based on Amanda Foreman's biography of the 18th Century English aristocrat Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire. The film was directed by Saul Dibb and in 2009, the production received the Academy Award for Best Costume Design. The Duchess was produced by British Qwerty Films and American Magnolia Mae Films. The film features actors such as Keira Knightley and Dominic Cooper.

The film was shot at Twickenham Film Studios as well as on location at stunning Holkham Hall in Norfolk. The production also travelled to locates such as Bath, Somerset House and Kings College London. 

3. Dad’s Army (1968-77)

Dad’s Army is a BBC sitcom, focusing around the British Home Guard during the Second World War. It was written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft and was distributed by BBC Worldwide 2entertain. The classic sitcom ran for nine series in total and starred actors such as Arthur Lowe, Clive Dunn and John Laurie.

Although the show was set in the fictional seaside town of Walmington-on-Sea on the south coast of England, most of the exterior shots were filmed in and around the Stanford Training Area near Thetford. In June 2018 a statue of Captain Mainwaring was erected in Thetford, paying tribute to the renowned British sitcom. 

4. Stardust (2007)

Stardust is a film adaptation of novel by Neil Gaiman of the same name, which was written in 1999. The romantic fantasy adventure movie was directed by Matthew Vaughn and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film stars famous actors such as Charlie Cox, Sienna Miller and Michelle Pfeiffer. 

The filming took place at Pinewood Studios, as well as on location at Wester Ross in the Scottish Highlands, Isle of Skye, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. However, some scenes were also shot on Elm Hill in Norwich, due to the beautiful Tudor and medieval buildings, some dating back as far as the 11th Century.

5. Atonement (2007)

Atonement is a British romantic war drama film, based on Ian McEwan’s 2001 novel of the same name. The film was produced by Working Title Films and directed by Joe Wright. It was distributed by Universal Studios (Focus Features in North America). The film stars actors such as James McAvoy, Keira Knightley and Vanessa Redgrave.

Some of the war scenes were Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and also Denver, Norfolk. Denver is a small village, located around 1 mile south of Downham Market and 37 miles west of the city of Norwich. 

6. 45 Years (2015)

45 Years is a British romantic drama film and is based on the short story ‘In Another Country’ by David Constantine. The film was written and directed by Andrew Haigh and was produced by Tristan Goligher. The film was distributed by Artificial Eye and stars actors Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay.

45 Years documents the turbulent life of a retired Norfolk couple over a period of six days. Shots of London Street, St Benedict’s Street, the Royal Arcade and the Assembly Rooms, all located in Norwich, are featured throughout the film.  

Georgia Dawson
Georgia Dawson


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