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Famous Films and TV Series Filmed in Cornwall

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Cornwall is filled with locations that have appeared in films and TV series!

Cornwall, with its rugged coastline, picturesque villages, and stunning landscapes, has long been a favourite for filmmakers. The region’s unique charm and dramatic scenery have set the stage for countless films and TV series, bringing the beauty of Cornwall to screens worldwide. At Salt & Gorse Ltd., we’re passionate about celebrating Cornwall’s role in the world of film and television. Let’s explore some of the most famous productions filmed in this enchanting part of the UK.

Cornwall Filming Locations:

Poldark

Locations: Charlestown, Bodmin Moor, Porthgwarra, and St Agnes Head

One of the most iconic series filmed in Cornwall is the BBC’s “Poldark.” This historical drama, set in the late 18th century, follows the story of Ross Poldark as he navigates life and love in Cornwall. The series showcases some of Cornwall’s most breathtaking locations.

  • Charlestown: This historic harbour, with its collection of tall ships, serves as the perfect backdrop for the series’ period scenes.
  • Bodmin Moor: The wild, open landscapes of Bodmin Moor represent the rugged beauty of Cornwall’s countryside.
  • Porthgwarra: The charming cove at Porthgwarra has featured in numerous episodes, including the famous swimming scenes.
  • St Agnes Head: The dramatic cliffs at St Agnes Head offer stunning coastal views, perfect for the series’ many outdoor scenes.

Doc Martin

Location: Port Isaac

“Doc Martin,” the popular British comedy-drama, is another series deeply connected to Cornwall. The show, starring Martin Clunes as the grumpy Dr. Martin Ellingham, is set in the fictional village of Portwenn, which is actually Port Isaac.

  • Port Isaac: This quaint fishing village, with its narrow streets and picturesque harbour, provides the perfect setting for the series’ small-town charm.

Fisherman’s Friends

Locations: Port Isaac, St Kew, and St Minver

“Fisherman’s Friends” is a heartwarming film based on the true story of a group of Cornish fishermen who achieve unexpected musical success. The film beautifully captures the spirit of Cornwall and its tight-knit communities.

  • Port Isaac: Much like in “Doc Martin,” Port Isaac plays a central role, showcasing its stunning coastline and charming village life.
  • St Kew: This village provided additional filming locations, adding to the authentic Cornish feel of the film.
  • St Minver: Another picturesque village that features in the film, highlighting Cornwall’s scenic beauty.

Game of Thrones

Location: St Michael’s Mount

Although “Game of Thrones” primarily filmed in locations like Northern Ireland, Iceland, and Croatia, Cornwall also had its moment in the spotlight. The iconic St Michael’s Mount featured in Season 7 as a backdrop for Dragonstone, the ancestral home of House Targaryen.

  • St Michael’s Mount: This stunning tidal island, with its medieval castle and picturesque setting, perfectly fit the mystical and dramatic aesthetic of “Game of Thrones.”
  • Holywell Bay: A beautiful sandy dune covered beach that played host to the season a number of times! I actually even saw them filming here!

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Location: Antony House

Tim Burton’s fantastical adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland” features Antony House, a stunning 18th-century mansion located near Torpoint. The house and its gardens provided the perfect backdrop for some of the film’s whimsical scenes.

  • Antony House: This historic mansion’s elegant architecture and beautiful gardens added a touch of magic to the film’s fantastical setting.

The Kid Who Would Be King

Locations: Tintagel and Bodmin Moor

“The Kid Who Would Be King” is a modern take on the legend of King Arthur. Cornwall’s historic sites and dramatic landscapes made it an ideal location for this adventurous film.

  • Tintagel: Known for its association with King Arthur, Tintagel Castle provided a fittingly mythical setting for the film.
  • Bodmin Moor: Once again, Bodmin Moor’s expansive landscapes offered the perfect backdrop for the film’s epic scenes.

About Time

Location: St Austell Bay

“About Time,” a romantic comedy-drama directed by Richard Curtis, features several scenes set in Cornwall. The film tells the story of a young man who discovers he can travel through time and uses his ability to improve his life and relationships.

  • St Austell Bay: The beautiful beaches and coastal scenery of St Austell Bay play a significant role in the film, adding to its charming and romantic atmosphere.

Jamaica Inn

Location: Bodmin Moor

Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel “Jamaica Inn” has been adapted multiple times for both film and television. The story, set in the early 19th century, revolves around the mysterious goings-on at the Jamaica Inn, located on Bodmin Moor.

  • Bodmin Moor: The moody, atmospheric landscapes of Bodmin Moor perfectly capture the novel’s gothic and suspenseful tone.

The Personal History of David Copperfield

Locations: Bude, Weybridge, and Clovelly

Armando Iannucci’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel “David Copperfield” includes scenes filmed in various locations across Cornwall. The film offers a vibrant and humorous take on Dickens’ story, with Cornwall’s landscapes adding to its visual appeal.

  • Bude: The coastal town of Bude features in the film, showcasing its beautiful beaches and charming townscape.
  • Weybridge: Though not technically in Cornwall, Weybridge in Devon is close enough and often associated with the region in film settings.
  • Clovelly: This picturesque village, with its steep cobbled streets, also features prominently.

Conclusion

Cornwall’s breathtaking landscapes, historic sites, and charming villages have made it a beloved location for filmmakers. Whether it’s the sweeping coastlines seen in “Poldark,” the quaint streets of Port Isaac in “Doc Martin,” or the mystical allure of St Michael’s Mount in “Game of Thrones,” Cornwall continues to captivate audiences around the world. At Salt & Gorse Ltd., we celebrate Cornwall’s cinematic legacy and look forward to seeing its beauty captured on screen for years to come.