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Blockbusting Locations

So popular is England's glorious architectural heritage with movie makers that there is scarcely a stately home, country house or castle in the land that hasn't appeared as the backdrop to a costume drama or romance. Here are just a few:-
Chatsworth House, Derbyshire: The magnificent home of the Dukes of Devonshire is Keira Knightley territory. It was the setting for her 2005 'Pride and Prejudice' and she returned two years later as the lead in 'The Duchess' (with Ralph Fiennes).
Lacock Abbey and Village, Wiltshire: The medieval abbey and unspoilt village was host to 'The Grass is Greener', starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in 1960. Since then, cameras have rolled for two BBC 'Pride and Prejudice' series, the BBC's recent 'Cranford' with Dame Judi Dench and Vanessa Redgrave, many Harry Potter scenes and 'The Other Boleyn Girl'.
Castle Howard, North Yorkshire: The sumptious Vanbrugh masterpiece was the setting for the decadent 'Brideshead Revisited' (1981), starring Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews.
Montacute House, Somerset: One of the great glories of the late-Elizabethan period. Recent shoots include 'Elizabeth' (1998), which starred Cate Blanchett and Joseph Fiennes, Ang Lee's 'Sense and Sensibility' (1995), with Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant, and 'The Libertine' (2004), with Johnny Jepp and John Malkovich.
Holkham Hall, Norfolk: The Palladian home of the Earls of Leicester saw some of the action in the multiOscar winning 'Shakespeare in Love' (1998).

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