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Film & TV Wales

Parade's end starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall

Film in Wales

Our scenic landscape has provided a setting for many Hollywood blockbusters.

North Wales was the backdrop to scenes from the second Tomb Raider movie starring Angelina Jolie. Bollywood films have been shot in locations all across Wales such as Caerphilly Castle and Aberystwyth.

Bollywood star Mayur (Raj) Verma relocated here, saying "Everyone is so welcoming and friendly and it's a great place to raise a family."

The film Ironclad, starring Paul Giamatti, was filmed in South Wales at the Dragon International Film Studios.

Legendary Welsh poet Dylan Thomas has been the focus of a number of films. The Edge of Love, a film about the poet's life starring Matthew Rhys, Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller, was filmed on location in west Wales. Set Fire to the Stars was filmed exclusively in Wales and starred Welsh actor Celyn Jones alongside Elijah Wood and Kelly Reilly.

Iconic film company Pinewood Studios, has a world class studio in Wales. The studio forms part of the company's global network and boasts 70,000 sq ft of shooting space, 70,000 sq ft of mixed use production space, including production accommodation and modern, flexible offices and amenities.

Television in Wales

The longest-running science fiction television show in the world, Doctor Who, was revived by Welsh writer and producer Russell T Davies for BBC Wales and has won many awards, and is filmed in south Wales.

Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood was filmed in and around South Wales, with its former ‘hub’situated in front of the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. Another spin-off called Class is currently being filmed here.

The BAFTA Award Winning British sitcom, Gavin and Stacey was also made here in Wales. Written by and starring Welsh writer and actress Ruth Jones, the show also included Welsh actor and comedian, Rob Brydon. Ruth now stars in the TV show Stella, which is also filmed in Wales.

Other TV shows made here in Wales include; Da Vinci's DemonsSherlockAtlantis and Merlin. The 1960s cult TV series, The Prisoner which was filmed at Portmeirion in north west Wales.

Animation in Wales

Our Welsh television producers S4C International have an animation catalogue that is broadcast all over the world and have had two Oscar nominations for Famous Fred and The Canterbury Tales.

Just some of the films with Wales as a backdrop…

  • Mr Turner (2014) 

  • Pride (2014)

  • Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

  • Resistance (2011)

  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

  • Hunky Dory (2011)

  • Patagonia (2011)

  • Ironclad (2011)

  • Clash of the Titans(2010)

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt.1 & Pt. 2 (2010 & 2011)

  • Robin Hood (2010)

  • Submarine  (2010)

  • The Edge of Love(2008)

  • Abraham's Point (2008)

  • Half Light (2006)

  • The Libertine (2005)

  • Tomb Raider 2 – Lara Croft and the Cradle of Life (2003)

  • Die Another Day (2002)

  • The World is Not Enough (1999)

  • Twin Town (1997)

  • An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Famous Welsh actors and actresses include:

  • Michael Sheen - film credits include Frost/Nixon, Underworld, Kingdom of Heaven, Midnight in Paris and The Queen.
  • Matt Ryan star of Layer Cake, Assassin's Creed IV and American TV series Constantine.
  • Matthew Rhys - films include Fakers, Love and Other Disasters. He's played Kevin Walker in the hit US TV show Brothers and Sisters and starred as Welsh poet Dylan Thomas in the Edge of Love alongside Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller.
  • The late Richard Burton was a star of many films including Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? And Where Eagles Dare. He was nominated 7 times for an Oscar but never won one.
  • Anthony Hopkins was influenced and encouraged by Welsh compatriot Richard Burton. He enrolled at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales from which he graduated in 1957.
  • Catherine Zeta Jones won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for portraying Velma Kelly in the 2002 film adaptation of Chicago.
  • Ioan Gruffudd came to international attention as Fifth Officer Harold Lowe in the film Titanic. He is probably best known for his role in Hornblower, the made-for-TV films based on C.S. Forester's novels.
  • Julie Christie starred in Doctor Zhivago and Far From the Madding Crowd in the 1960s and more recently Troy, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
  • Who can forget Rhys Ifans' appearance in Notting Hill? The Amazing Spider-Man, Anonymous and Mr. Nobody followed.
  • Luke Evans, credits include The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Immortals, The Raven and Fast & Furious 6.
  • Aneurin Barnard, star of stage and both big and small screen. His film appearances include Citadel, Ironclad and The Truth About Emanuel.
  • Andrew Howard's acting credits include Limitless, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Transformers, I Spit on Your Grave and The Hangover Part II.
  • The popular TV series Game of Thrones stars Iwan Rheon, Owen Teale and Richard Brake.

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  • Film Cymru Wales The national development agency for the film industry in Wales
  • MEDIA Antenna Wales Promotes and administers the European Union’s MEDIA funding programme in Wales to strengthen the competitiveness of the European film, television and new media industries.
  • BAFTA Cymru Awards The main training organisation for the film, television and interactive media industries in Wales.
  • Celtic Media Festival An annual three-day celebration of broadcasting, film talent and excellence from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall and Brittany.
  • IRIS Prize Festival LGTB annual film festival in Cardiff
  • Wales One World Film Festival 
  • Wales The location service for Wales, offering comprehensive information and support on locations, facilities, crew and local services support throughout Wales.

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