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Surrey has been used as a film location for many a blockbuster movie and the county’s hotels, woods and villages are no stranger to visits from the Hollywood A-list. Here’s just a few of the movies that have been, at least in part, filmed in Surrey

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Originally published in September 2008. Last updated September 2014

If you know of any other movies filmed in Surrey or stumble across a work in progress, get in touch by e-mailing matthew.williams@surreylife.co.uk, writing to the usual address or leaving a comment at the end of this piece.

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28 Days Later (2002)

Waverley Abbey, near Farnham

As a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try stop to find sanctuary in Surrey (well, for one scene at least).

 

47 Ronin (2012)

Frensham Ponds, near Farnham

The Keanu Reeves starring samurai movie was based at Shepperton Studios but also ventured further afield to Frensham Ponds. Tonnes of slate used in the film set was donated to be used as seating at the park that borders Shepperton Studios’ backlot.

 

360 (2011)

Dunsfold Park, near Cranleigh

Hollywood actor Sir Anthony Hopkins took a moment out from filming 360 at Dunsfold Park (on their famous film-friendly Boeing 747 - see too, Casino Royale) to praise the efforts of the life-saving crew of Surrey Air Ambulance, who are based there.

 

44 Inch Chest (2009)

Ham House, Richmond

A jealous husband and his friends plot the kidnapping of his wife’s lover in this caper starring John Hurt, Ray Winstone and Ian McShane. Scenes were shot at Ham House and somehow, a pair of Winstone’s boxer shots remain!

 

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A Little Chaos (2014)

Ham House, near Richmond

Actress Kate Winslet has been filming for the Alan Rickman directed A Little Chaos at the National Trust’s Ham House near Richmond. The film is set to depict a pair of landscape gardeners competing to design a fountain at Versailles for Louis XIV.

 

A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

Shere

Appearing briefly as Dr. Reeve’s village, A Matter of Life and Death stars one-time Puttenham resident David Niven as a British wartime aviator - blink and you’ll miss the picturesque village.

 

A Night to Remember (1958)

Great Fosters, Egham

A group of wealthy people prepare for their doomed voyage on the Titanic at the luxurious Great Fosters hotel, Egham.

 

Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass (2016)

Shepperton Studios and more

Following on from 2010’s Alice in Wonderland, Disney’s Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass began filming at Shepperton Studios – and then spread locally. Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter are this time joined by Sacha Baron Cohen. There have also been sightings at Horsley Park in East Horsley.

 

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

The Black Swan, Effingham

The Black Swan doubled as the ominously named Slaughtered Lamb in this cult classic starring Jenny Agutter and Brian Glover.

 

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Bourne Wood, near Farnham
With the bulk of filming taking place at Shepperton Studios, Bourne Wood is one of the external sets and expected to provide the scenery for an explosive car chase through snow.

 

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Basic Instinct 2 - Risk Addiction (2006)

Royal Holloway, Egham

Hollywood actress Sharon Stone was among the cast members who spent several days in the Founders Building at Royal Holloway which was used to double as a psychiatric Institute.

 

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2003)

Shere, near Dorking

Look closely at the final wedding scene and behind Renee Zellweger and co, and you’ll spot the pretty St James’s Church where 2007’s Surrey Life carol concert was also held.

 

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Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Bourne Wood, near Farnham

While the bulk of this all American superhero flick was actually shot at Shepperton Studios, scenes were also filmed in our county’s famous Bourne Woods.

 

Carrington (1995)

Winkworth Arboretum, near Godalming

The story of the relationship between painter Dora Carrington and author Lytton Strachey in a World War One England, starring Emma Thompson, featured scenes shot at the Surrey beauty spot.

 

Carry on Columbus (1992)

Frensham Ponds, near Farnham

We might not have any beaches in Surrey, but this didn’t stop the makers of this classic Carry On film using Frensham Ponds, to the south of Farnham, to represent the American coastline.

 

Carry on Jack (1963)

Frensham Ponds, near Farnham

Starring Kenneth Williams and Bernard Cribbins, on this occasion Frensham Ponds was used to double up as the Spanish coastline.

 

Casino Royale (2006)

Dunsfold Park, near Cranleigh

Home to the popular BBC TV show Top Gear, Dunsfold Park, near Cranleigh, also doubled as Miami International Airport in the James Bond blockbuster, Casino Royale, starring Daniel Craig.

 

Children of Men (2006)

Bourne Wood, near Farnham

Dystopian science fiction film featuring Clive Owen and Leatherhead’s own Michael Caine. The hideout of Jasper, played by Caine, was filmed in Bourne Woods.

 

Clash of the Titans 2 (2012)

Redlands Wood, Coldharbour

Based at Shepperton Studios for much of the filming, this movie starring Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Bill Nighy also ventured out into the Surrey countryside. Signs were spotted by the famous Dorking Cockerel roundabout.

 

Close My Eyes (1991)

Newark Priory, Pyrford

Starring Alan Rickman and a picnic scene at Newark Priory, Pyrford, the cast then take a stroll along the Wey to Newark Lock. The grand party that is the stage for the film’s climax was shot at Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham.

 

Cuban Fury (2014)

Send Marsh

Nick Frost’s new comedy landed in Send Marsh in August 2012. A house in Willow Drive was used for interior shots with one shot outside where Frost cycled through into Maple Road. He also filmed in Lower Sunbury.

 

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The Da Vinci Code (2006)

Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Keep your eyes peeled in The Da Vinci Code, which starred Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou, and you might just spot the Fairfield Halls in Croydon, which was used to double as a lecture theatre.

 

The Dark Knight (2008)

Longcross, near Chertsey

Infamously, a stuntman was killed during filming at the QinetiQ site, Longcross, near Chertsey, in 2007.

 

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Croydon

Delta Point in Croydon faces a Hollywood-style destruction for the latest instalment of the multimillion-dollar Batman movie series.

 

Dark Shadows (2012)

Bourne Wood, near Farnham

Tim Burton assembles an all star cast, including regular protagonists Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter, and decamps to Surrey.

 

Diana (2013)

Fetcham Park, near Leatherhead

Our beautiful Salon, with its gold leaf detailing, the ante room and dining room were turned into a film set as the Oscar nominated actress Naomi Watts and award-winning director Oliver Hirschbiegel visited for a few days. Fetcham Park doubled as The Ritz in Paris.

 

Dorian Gray (2009)

Painshill Park, Cobham

The 18th century landscape garden’s lakeside was transformed into Hampstead Heath for the Oscar Wilde adaption.

 

The Duchess (2008)

Clandon Park, East Clandon

Starring Keira Knightley in the title role, Fiennes as her husband and Hayley Atwell as his mistress, the cast spent several days at Clandon Park, which doubles for the former aristocratic residence Devonshire House in London.

 

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The Earth Dies Screaming (1965)

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Location filming took place in Shere - it was also one of several 1960s British horror films to be scored by the avant-garde Elisabeth Lutyens, whose father, Edwin Lutyens, designed Manor House Lodge in the village.

 

Elizabeth, the Golden Age (2007)

Various

Cate Blanchett starring historical thriller filmed in part at Waverley Abbey, Bourne Woods and Frensham Little Pond.

 

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Finding Neverland (2004)

Richmond Theatre, Richmond

One of a host of films to be shot at this famous theatre, Johnny Depp and co descended on Richmond for this semi-biographical film about playwright J M Barrie.

 

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

Betchworth, near Dorking

The beautiful St Michael’s was one of three churches used in this classic romantic comedy that propelled Hugh Grant to international fame. Another was St Peter and St Paul, the Saxon church at Albury Park, Albury.

 

From Time to Time (2010)

Nonsuch Mansion, Cheam

Dominic West, Timothy Spall and Dame Maggie Smith star in this adaptation of Lucy M Boston’s magical Green Knowe books.

 

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Gladiator (2000)

Bourne Wood, near Farnham

The opening battle scene of Ridley Scott’s epic, starring Russell Crowe and former Surrey resident Oliver Reed, was filmed in Bourne Wood, near Farnham, where the wooded countryside provided the perfect substitute for the forests of Southern Germany.

 

The Golden Compass (2007)

Bourne Wood, near Farnham

One of the biggest films of 2007, some of the woodland scenes in The Golden Compass, starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, were shot at Bourne Wood.

 

Golden Eye (1995)

The Queen’s Stand, Epsom Racecourse

The Queen’s Stand at Epsom Racecourse has been used in several films, and on this occasion doubled up as a Russian army airport in this Bond classic.

 

Green Zone (2010)

Sandown Park, Esher

Matt Damon movie, Green Zone, features airport scenes at Saddam International Airport, which were actually shot at Sandown Park in Esher. Scenes also featured Windlesham’s £70 million mansion, Updown Court.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Tilsey Farm, Bramley

Scenes shot in Bramley for Marvel’s latest offering, which were filmed in summer 2013, gave a sneak peak of some of the flaming wreckage and mysterious characters that can be expected from the movie. Shepperton Studios was also used.

 

 

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Virginia Water, near Egham

There was not much whinging to be heard in Virginia Water, as Harry spots a Hippogriff and later confronts the Dementors at the famous lake.

 

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire (2005)

Virginia Water, near Egham

Scenes from the fourth instalment of The Goblet of Fire were filmed on the banks on Virginia Water lake (incidentally, Harry’s only surviving relatives, The Dursleys, live in Little Whinging, a fictional town located in Surrey...).

 

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

Bourne Wood, near Farnham

The cast spent several days on location in Farnham for the filming of The Half-Blood Prince - though it didn’t all go quite to plan... Filming suffered a setback when the set was “oversmoked” after the movie crew used too much special-effect fog and several scenes had to be reshot. Scenes were also shot at Surbiton train station.

 

Hippie Hippie Shake (2007)

Albury, near Guildford

Actress Sienna Miller caused a stir when she filmed a ‘naked’ scene in a pond at Albury, near Guildford, dressed in next to nothing.

 

The Holiday (2006)

Shere, near Dorking

Cameron Diaz and Jude Law were among a host of stars who descended on Shere for the filming of romantic comedy The Holiday. Several shops and the 15th century pub, The White Horse, appear in the film. Scenes were also shot in Godalming.

 

Hot Fuzz (2007)

Waverley Abbey, near Farnham

The Simon Pegg and Nick Frost starring madcap police flick sees the protagonists managing to run from Wells in Somerset to Waverley Abbey and back again in one scene - it’s the bit where Sgt Nicholas Angel (Pegg) gets stabbed by his partner PC Danny Butterman (Frost).

 

Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

Frensham Ponds, near Farnham

Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee star in this version of the famous Sherlock Holmes tale, which paid a visit to Frensham Ponds during filming.

 

Howard’s End (1992)

Royal Holloway, Egham

Starring Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter and Emma Thompson, as well as the stunning Founder’s Building at Royal Holloway.

 

Hugo (2011)

Shepperton Studios, near Walton-on-Thames

Martin Scorsese’s first venture across the pond and in 3-D, too! Executive produced by Johnny Depp, delays in filming caused parking chaos at the famous studios as Captain America and Dancing on Ice were also on location.

 

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Inception (2010)

Chertsey

No stranger to turning dreams into reality, the modern steel and glass lobby of a Chertsey building, previously used by gaming giants EA, was where Arthur demonstrates the paradox of the Penrose steps to Ariadne.

 

Into the Woods (2014)

Waverley Abbey, near Farnham

A big screen movie adaptation of the celebrated theatre classic by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, Into the Woods is directed by Rob Marshall and stars Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp. Rapunzel’s castle is a half-historical, half-new creation making use of Waverley Abbey near Farnham. Further scenes were also shot at Byfleet Manor in Byfleet.

 

The Invisible Woman (2013)

Devil’s Punch Bowl, Hindhead

Ralph Fiennes latest film about Charles Dickens, sees Hampstead Heath being represented by the Devil’s Punch Bowl in Hindhead. Filming has also taken place at Southside House in Wimbledon.

 

Iris (2001)

River Wey Navigation

True story of the lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley, starring Dame Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, Jim Broadbent and the River Wey.

 

The Iron Lady (2011)

Wentworth Estate

This quiet corner of Virginia Water got the Hollywood treatment when a house on the Wentworth Estate was transformed for Meryl Streep’s biopic about former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.

 

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Jack the Giant Killer (2012)

Bourne Wood, near Farnham

A modern day fairy tale in which the long-standing peace between men and giants in Farnham (well, during the filming at least) is threatened. Filming has also taken place at the Hampton Estate in Seale where a 30-foot bean stalk has been built.

 

John Carter (2012)

Ham House, Richmond

Celebrating its 400th anniversary in 2010, Ham House became the set of this Disney sci-fi.

 

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Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

Garrison Church of St Barbara, Deepcut

A comic book remake featuring a cast including Samuel L Jackson, Michael Caine, Leonardo DiCaprio and Colin Firth, a replica wall was constructed at the church and stained glass windows removed for filming.

 

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Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Chobham Common, Chobham

The scenes where Peter O’Toole comes off his motorbike were shot at the largest National Nature Reserve in the south-east, Chobham Common.

 

Love Actually (2003)

The Queen’s Stand, Epsom Racecourse

Everyone’s favourite scene in Love Actually - the bit where they show the arrivals hall at Heathrow Airport - was actually shot at Epsom Racecourse. Another airport in the film was actually Sandown Park in Esher, which was transformed into Milwaukee International Airport – apparently, if you freeze frame as Colin is coming out of the doors of the airport, you can see the Sandown Park logo on the doors.

 

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Macbeth (2015)

Hankley Common

As the world celebrates Shakespeare’s 450th birthday in 2014, French Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard and actor Michael Fassbender have been in Elstead to film a new adaption of Macbeth at Hankley Common.

 

Made in Dagenham (2010)

Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Starring Bob Hoskins, this dramatisation of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination, was, in fact, partly made in Croydon.

 

The Man Who Knew Infinity (TBC)

Loseley Park, near Guildford

After eight years of development, The Man Who Knew Infinity is finally filming with Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons and newcomer Devika Bhise starring. Patel will portray math genius Srinivasa Ramanujan and Jeremy Irons will play GH Hardy, who recognized Ramanujan’s brilliance. Shooting is also taking place at Trinity College, Cambridge — it’s said to be the first film to be shot at Trinity.

 

The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)

Dingwall Road, Croydon

In this film starring American actor Bill Murray, there is a scene where he is involved in a police chase on Croydon flyover and Dingwall Road.

 

Maybe Baby (2000)

The Queen’s Stand, Epsom Racecourse

On this occasion, the distinctive building doubled as the BBC’s offices in the Ben Elton directed film, Maybe Baby.

 

Molly Moon (2014)

Shere

Molly Moon: The Incredible Hypnotist, starring Ben Miller, Celia Imrie, and Joan Collins, was shot in Shere. The independent British film is based on a series of best-selling children’s fantasy books by Georgia Byng, which are centred around the 11-year-old orphan, Molly.

 

The Mummy (1999)

Frensham Ponds, near Farnham

Another film to feature the stunning Frensham Ponds – Surrey’s own landlocked sandy beach – is The Mummy, which stars Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and John Hannah.

 

My Week with Marilyn (2011)

Parkside House, Englefield Green

Filmed at Parkside House, which Marilyn Monroe had rented during her stay in England in 1956 when she was filming The Prince and The Showgirl with Laurence Olivier, the screen siren’s visit to Surrey has been immortalised with this star-studded film by Simon Curtis.

 

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Never Let Me Go (2011)

Ham House, Richmond

Andrew Garfield (raised in Epsom and taking the lead role in Spiderman 3), Carey Mulligan (Oscar nominated former Woldingham School pupil) and a certain Keira Knightley (who attended Esher College) star. Scenes were also shot at Hampton Court House in East Molesey.

 

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The Omen (1976)

Guildford Cathedral, Guildford

Several scenes from this cult film, starring Gregory Peck and Lee Remick, were shot in the impressive building that is Guildford Cathedral.

 

Outside Bet (2012)

Sandown Park, Esher

Starring Jenny Agutter, Bob Hoskins and Lucy Drive, Outside Bet sees a life-long group of friends at the bad end of a redundancy pay-out and invest their savings into a racehorse. Scenes were shot at the Esher racecourse.

 

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey

During filming of the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie at Hampton Court Palace, Johnny Depp asked for an after-hours tour. A carriage chase in the film spans four locations, from Hampton Court to a full-sized set exterior at Pinewood Studios via St. James Palace and Middle Temple in London.

 

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Reds (1981)

Frensham Ponds, near Farnham

A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in, erm, the usually tranquil Frensham Ponds – which provided the setting of a house in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Starring Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton.

 

Reunion at Fairborough (1985)

Shere

World War Two vets travel to England for a reunion at their old base. Once there, one rekindles an old romance with an old flame. One of Surrey’s most picturesque villages, Shere, makes an appearance alongside Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr.

 

Robin Hood (2010)

Bourne Wood, near Farnham

One of the many blockbusters to be filmed in these Farnham woods, Robin Hood saw Russell Crowe staying at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot and filming battle scenes in the woods, where a castle was temporarily erected. Filming also took place on the Hampton Estate around Elstead and at Virginia Water Lake.

 

The Ruling Class (1972)

Shere

The village of Shere doubles as Gurney estate village in this British black comedy film starring Peter O’Toole, Alastair Sim, Arthur Lowe and Harry Andrews.

 

Rush (2013)

Blackbushe Airport, near Camberley and Longcross, Chobham

Two-time Academy Award winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon), teams once again with writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen), on Rush, a spectacular big-screen re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

 

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Sex and Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll (2010)

Runnymede Campus, Egham

Much of the Ian Dury biopic, Sex and Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll, was based at the Runnymede Campus, which was formerly part of Brunel University.

 

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

Richmond Park, Richmond

Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law are set to reprise their roles as Holmes and Watson respectively, with Guy Ritchie filming at Richmond Park, Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, and Bourne Woods, Farnham, among other locations.

 

Skyfall (2012)

Hankley Common, near Elstead

All action shooting took place with Daniel Craig, Dame Judi Dench et al on MoD land near Elstead, where the childhood home of James Bond was created. The mountains and lake were later added by CGI.

 

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

Bourne Woods, Farnham

Twilight star Kristen Stewart leads a cast that have been busy shooting at Bourne Wood and Frensham Ponds, near Farnham for a twisted version of the fairy tale.

 

Spiceworld: the Movie (1997)

Ham House, Richmond

Richard E Grant joined the Spice Girls at the National Trust’s Ham House for this madcap musical adventure.

 

Suffragette (2014)

Painshill Park, Cobham

The hotly anticipated Suffragette movie, featuring A-list film stars Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep, made use of Painshill’s tranquil lakeside setting.

 

 

Superman II (1980)

Chobham Common

The largest National Nature Reserve in the south-east of England, Chobham Common was transformed for the Gene Hackman and Christopher Reeve starring Superman II. A mock up of a small American town with a tarmac road, shops, a car lot and more was constructed to replicate where the super villains land on earth.

 

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Tarzan (2016)

Virginia Water

A steamboat dubbed 'Adelaar' magically popped up at Virginia Water, as the stars of the latest Warner Bros blockbuster, Tarzan: The Untamed, headed to the Surrey beauty spot. The film stars Alexander Skarsgard as Tarzan, Margot Robbie as Jane Porter and Christoph Waltz as Captain Leon Rom.

 

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Bourne Wood, Farnham

Starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, Thor 2 sees Bourne Wood host a battle between two kingdoms, featuring a ‘substantial amount of stunts, special effects and approximately 300 extras’.

 

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War Horse (2012)

Longcross Studios, Chertsey

Steven Spielberg has been filming his adaption of War Horse on set in Chertsey and also location shooting at an abandoned Wisley airfield (trench scenes) and at Bourne Woods, Farnham (an army base).

 

W.E. (2011)

Coverwood Lakes, Ewhurst

Pop star turned director Madonna, filmed scenes for her two-tiered romantic drama focusing on the affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson at the privately owned lakes.

 

The Wedding Date (2005)

Shere

A romantic comedy directed by Clare Kilner, The Wedding Date starring Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney is based on the book Asking for Trouble by Elizabeth Young. It features St James’s Church in Shere for a wedding scene, as well as Chilworth Manor and Winkworth Arboretum near Godalming.

 

Women in Love (1969)

Broome Hall, Coldharbour

The home of actor Oliver Reed in the Sixties, Broome Hall was used to shoot scenes for the Ken Russell film of DH Lawrence’s controversial Women in Love, in which Reed starred with Glenda Jackson and Alan Bates.

 

The World is Not Enough (1999)

Hankley Common, Elstead

The Pierce Brosnan starring Bond flick features action sequences, including the main pipeline explosion, filmed at Hankley Common.

 

World War Z (2012)

Dunsfold Park, near Cranleigh

Not only have Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie been making quite a stir in Richmond by moving to the town during filming, but Dunsfold Park was also invaded by zombies as part of the nightmarish post-apocalyptic film.

 

Young Victoria (2007)

Ham House, Richmond

A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria’s rule, Ham House saw Rupert Friend, Miranda Richardson and Mark Strong on location for filming.

 

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If you know of any other movies filmed in Surrey or stumble across a work in progress, get in touch by e-mailing matthew.williams@surreylife.co.uk, writing to the usual address or leaving a comment below.

 

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