It is one of the cult TV shows of a generation – its mix of sex, violence and political intrigue set against a backdrop of fantasy world is drawing millions of viewers. Filming has taken Welsh actors like Iwan Rheon , Jonathan Pryce and Owen Teale across the globe. It is speculated that the Game of Thrones creators had much of their inspiration from Welsh landmarks. Check out a few of the locations below:
SUGGESTED FILMING LOCATIONS:
- Penrhos Feilw
- St. Dwynwen’s Well
- Bryn Celli Ddu Burial Chamber
- Dolbadam Castle
- Gwydir Castle
- Valle Crucis Abbey
The longest-running science fiction television show in the world, Doctor Who, is filmed in South Wales. Revived by Welsh writer and producer Russell T Davies, the BBC show has won many awards, and Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood was filmed in and around South Wales too. In fact, the Torchwood ‘hub’ was situated in front of the Wales Millennium Centre (link is external), Cardiff.
Penbryn Beach in Ceredigion serves as a stand-in for North Korea in the 20th Bond film, directed by Lee Tamahori and starring Pierce Brosnan. The celebrities may have long since moved on but this beautiful beach, owned by the National Trust, is still a great spot for the other kind of stargazing – it’s almost completely unspoiled by light pollution.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt.1 & Pt. 2 (2010 & 2011) Freshwater West, one of Wales’ top surfing destinations beach made it into the filming locations of the last Harry Potter films.
Sherlock, one of the best loved BBC shows over recent years, is based on the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. In fact, the crime drama has won multiple BAFTA and Primetime Emmy Awards. The show is filmed in Cardiff at a number of well know landmarks and the Pinewood Studios Wales. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Doctor John Watson, a pedigree of actors which has no doubt helped the show become popular worldwide and run into 4 series so far.