Doctor Who, 1963 til present
Doctor Who, which is filmed all over Wales, now has its home base at Roath Lock in Cardiff Bay, a 16,000 square metre purpose-built BBC site where Casualty and Pobol y Cwm are also created. Check out our Doctor Who filming locations page for more information.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The design team for the seventh instalment of the Harry Potter saga recreated Shell Cottage, Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour’s Cornish home, in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Complete with three-storey attic, shell-tiled roof and crooked chimneys, it was built on the sandy dunes behind Freshwater West beach in April 2009 and deconstructed after filming finished.
A Discovery of Witches
Produced by Cardiff-based production company Bad Wolf and filmed at Wolf Studios Wales, Sky’s supernatural TV series is an adaption of Deborah Harkness’ historical fantasy trilogy. Hacksaw Ridge leading lady Teresa Palmer stars as Diana, a historian descended from witches. Location filming took place at the atmospheric Carew Castle in Pembrokeshire, with Australian Palmer describing the Norman fortress site as ‘crazy beautiful’.
Find out more on our Discovery of Witches locations page.
Being Human, 2011 til 2013
The first two series of BBC3’s Being Human were set in Bristol, but in the third series, the four protagonists moved to a former B&B called Honolulu Heights on Coast View Road in Barry Island. In reality, this is an ordinary house on the corner of Cannon Street. The Maerdy Hotel in Pencoed stands in for the Barry Grand Hotel, where Hal and Tom get jobs in the fifth series.
Clash of the Titans, 2010
In this fantasy adventure based on the Perseus myth, the Harriet Hole in Dinorwic Slate Quarry was used to film parts of 'Clash of the Titans'. This former slate quarry, the second largest in Wales, also appeared in Willow (1988) and Street Fighter (1994). It’s home to the National Slate Museum.
Robin Hood, 2010
In June 2009, another crew set up on Freshwater West – this time, to film an epic battle sequence for Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, in which horsemen with pennants gallop along the water’s edge. Russell Crowe loved it here so much that instead of being helicoptered back to his London hotel after filming, he opted to camp on the sand for several nights.
The filming for this live-action canine comedy saw Hollywood stars Will Arnett and Natasha Lyonne descend on Cardiff Bay, where the city’s historic Bute Street doubled up as a setting for a New York police station for some exterior scenes.
Merlin, 2008 til 2012
While Chateau de Pierrefonds in France was chosen to represent Camelot in this BBC medieval fantasy inspired by the legends of King Arthur, other interior and exterior sequences were filmed in beautiful locations all over Wales including Cosmeston Medieval Village, the Brecon Beacons National Park, Castell Coch and Caerphilly, Chepstow and Raglan castles.
The Edge of Love, 2008
Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller and Matthew Rhys star in this film set in London and Wales and based loosely on events in the life of the poet Dylan Thomas. Key scenes were filmed in the charming seaside town of New Quay during 2007. The unit also spent time in Cardigan, Tenby, Laugharne, Betws-y-Coed, Swansea and Cardiff, and stayed at Ty Mawr Mansion in Cilcennin, Lampeter.
BBC and Netflix joint psychological thriller Requiem sees a woman investigating the disappearance of a child in the fictional Welsh village of Penllynith, and much of filming took place in real-life Welsh locations of Newport, Pembrokeshire and Dolgellau in Snowdonia. Requiem creator and writer Kris Mrksa felt Wales offered the perfect dramatic setting, saying: “When I visited Wales, I fell in love with the place. It has a mystical feel, and the history there is very palpable. There is a druidic vibe there, too. (Characters) Matilda and Hal are quickly drawn into that world and enmeshed in it. The Welsh town becomes a character in its own right.”
Gavin and Stacey, 2007 til 2019
This much-loved BBC comedy drama put Barry so firmly on the map that local guides offer amusing coach tours of many of the locations featured in the series. Essential stops include Trinity Street where Stacey and her family live, Marco’s Café where Stacey gets a job and St Peter’s Church in Peterston-Super-Ely, where Nessa and Dave nearly get married.
Read about the Gavin and Stacey locations in Wales.
Torchwood, 2006 til 2011
Cardiff Bay plays a starring role in this BBC series. The Hub, Torchwood’s secret headquarters, is located underground in Roald Dahl Plass, beneath William Pye’s stainless steel Water Tower sculpture. The Wales Millennium Centre often appears as a backdrop. In Torchwood: Miracle Day, Gwen Cooper lives at The Old Rectory on Rhossili Bay, a cottage owned by the National Trust.
Die Another Day, 2002
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 unspoilt by light pollution.
Jez Butterworth’s series for Sky Atlantic and Amazon Prime follows the Roman conquest of Britain, or Britannia, a ‘mysterious land ruled by warrior women and powerful druids who can channel the powerful forces of the underworld’. Wales’ ancient landscape offered the obvious setting for this epic depiction of Britannia with Cwm Porth in Ystradfellte and Llyn y Fan Fach in Llanddeusant providing the backdrop for meadow and waterfall settings, and coastal scenes shot at the iconic Rhossili Bay on the Gower Peninsular. Nash Point in Marcross and Henrhyd Falls in Coelbren were also used as locations throughout the series.
Set over four days during WWI, this feature-length version of the play by RC Sheriff stars Paul Bettany and Sam Clafin and uses a litany of Welsh locations as evocative wartime backdrops.
National Trust property, Tredegar House in Newport was transformed into a military base for the film. With 90 acres of parkland surrounding the grand 17th-century house, the expanse of green proved the ideal choice for the garrison scenes. Pinewood Studios, Cardiff, Old Beaupre Castle, Cowbridge and Neath Abbey also stand in for northern France throughout the film.