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Stamford on TV and in the Movies Posted On 04 September 2020

Stamford’s famous buildings and architecture have featured in their fair share of TV and movies over the years, here we look at some of the most famous.

 

Pride and Prejudice:

In 2005 Stamford welcomed A-list stars such as Keira Knightley, Donald Sutherland, Judi Dench and Rosamund Pike when Joe Wright, Director, chose Stamford as the village of Meryton in Pride and Prejudice based on Jane Austen’s 1813 novel of the same name.

 

Large parts of Stamford including St Mary’s street were taken over and feature prominently in the film as do local residents who were cast as extras.

 

Middlemarch:

 Before Pride and Prejudice, another period drama was adapted and filmed in Stamford. Middlemarch was a six-part drama produced by the BBC in 1994. Starring Rufus Sewell, Juliet Aubrey, directed by Anthony Page and based on the novel by George Eliot, Middlemarch was a huge hit not just in Britain but internationally too.

 

Again, St Mary’s Hill saw most of the filming alongside St George’s Square, just opposite St George’s Church. A whole host of shops and houses were transformed including estate agent Savills (1994) which was transformed into a grocer’s shop.

 

Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation:

 Although no filming was done in Stamford itself, or even on the ground for that matter. (not for long anyway) in 2017, if you looked to the skies of Rutland you would see Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise clinging onto the side of a giant A400m four-engine turboprop tactical transport aircraft.

 

Daredevil, Cruise, did the stunt himself, which was filmed at the now-closed RAF Cottesmore base in November 2017. If you watch the scene back see if you can recognise any of landscape below.

 

The Da Vinci Code:

 A-lister’s Tom Hanks, Sir Ian McKellen and Audrey Tatou starred in the 2006 adaptation of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. After visiting such well-known locations as the Louvre and King’s College London, when our hero Robert Langdon visits his old friend Sir Leigh Teabing, McKellen, you may recognise the stately house he lives in.

 

That’s right, it was Burghley House, our very own stately manor which has been dubbed ‘England’s Greatest Elizabethan House.’ It also featured in another film on the list, Pride and Prejudice.

 

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