Christmas movies with a Surrey twist
PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 December 2014 | UPDATED: 11:56 04 November 2015
Settle down in your favourite armchair as we present our selection box of great Christmas movies with a generous sprinkling of home-grown talent along the way
Further reading: Surrey film locations
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2003)
Look closely at the final wedding scene and behind Renée Zellweger and co, you’ll spot the pretty St James’s Church in Shere where Surrey Life held its very first carol concert (see details of this year’s event on page 33).
The Holiday (2006)
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.
The Duchess (2008)
Starring Keira Knightley in the title role, Ralph Fiennes as her husband and Hayley Atwell as his mistress, the cast spent several days at the National Trust’s Clandon Park, near Guildford, which doubles for the former aristocratic residence Devonshire House in London.
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.
Casino Royale (2006)
Home to the popular BBC TV show Top Gear, Dunsfold Park, near Cranleigh, also doubled as Miami International Airport in the popular James Bond film Casino Royale, starring Daniel Craig.
Robin Hood (2010)
One of the many blockbusters to be filmed in Farnham’s local woodland, a number of the battle scenes in the latest adaptation of Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe, were shot at Bourne Woods, where a castle was also temporarily erected. Filming also took place on the Hampton Estate around Elstead and at Virginia Water Lake.
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Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
The beautiful St Michael’s Church in Betchworth, near Dorking, 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.
Finding Neverland (2004)
One of a host of films to be shot at the famous Richmond Theatre, Johnny Depp and co descended on Richmond for this semi-biographical film about the writer JM Barrie.
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, this latest incarnation sees a 19-year-old Alice return to the magical world from her childhood adventure. Listen carefully and you’ll also hear Reigate St Mary’s choristers performing Alice’s Theme.