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Castle Howard On Film

Since the 1960s, Castle Howard has been used as a location for many film and television productions. The house, the beautiful grounds and wider estate are all ideal settings for costume dramas, feature films and documentaries. 

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Victoria (2016)
Created by Daisy Goodwin and produced by Mammoth Screen, the eight-episode ITV series follows the early life of Queen Victoria, from her accession to the throne at the age of 18 through to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert. The production filmed at Castle Howard in October 2015 with many of the interior spaces used as Kensington Palace, where Victoria learned she had become Queen. Starring Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, Rufus Sewell and Peter Firth. Find out more.

Death Comes To Pemberley (2013)
Adapted by Juliette Towhidi, the writer of Calendar Girls, the BBC filmed in various locations across Yorkshire. Starring Matthew Rhys and Anna Maxwell-Martin, the two week shoot in July 2013 saw the interior of the house transformed into Pemberley with scenes filmed in the bedrooms and South Front rooms and Great Hall. The family feel of Castle Howard was ideally suited to portray Pemberley. Find out more.

Brideshead Revisited (2008)
Ecosse Films' production of Evelyn Waugh's novel, directed by Julian Jarrold (Becoming Jane) and produced by Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae together with Kevin Loader. The film has been adapted for the screen by Andrew Davies (Bridget Jones Diary, Bleak House) and Jeremy Brock (The Last King of Scotland). With Ben Whishaw as Sebastian Flyte, Matthew Goode as Charles Ryder, Hayley Atwell as Julia Flyte, with Michael Gambon and Emma Thompson as Lord and Lady Marchmain. Find out more.

Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties (2006)
Jon Arbuckle (Breckin Meyer) travels to the United Kingdom, and he brings his cat, Garfield (voiced by Bill Murray), along for the trip. A case of mistaken cat identity finds Garfield ruling over a castle (Castle Howard), but his reign is soon jeopardized by the nefarious Lord Dargis (Billy Connolly), who has designs on the estate.  

Great Estates (2000, 2001)
A series of hugely popular documentaries about Castle Howard and other estates in England, that provided a fascinating glimpse into all aspects of life at Castle Howard indoors, outdoors and behind the scenes.

A Year in the Life of Castle Howard (1996)
A six-part documentary about Castle Howard.  

The Buccaneers (1994)
A BBC production of Edith Wharton's novel of the 19th century encounter between English aristocracy and wealthy American heiresses.  Because of their "new money" background, four American girls have difficulty breaking into the upper-crust society of New York. Laura Testvalley, the governess of one of the girls, suggests a London season and thus the young women set sail for England and the unsuspecting English aristocracy.  

Twelfth Night (1978)
A BBC production of one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, and surprisingly the only time Castle Howard has been used for a Shakespeare play.

Brideshead Revisited (1981)
Granada TV's production of Evelyn Waugh's novel, starring Anthony Andrews, Jeremy Irons and Diana Quick, is recognised by many as one of the great costume dramas of all time. Although it is not certain that Waugh identified his Brideshead with Castle Howard, for many people the two buildings have come to epitomise a nostalgia for England before the Second World War. Find out more.

Barry Lyndon (1975)

Directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on the novel by William Thackeray.  Redmond Barry is a young, roguish Irishman who's determined, in any way, to make a life for himself as a wealthy nobleman. Enlisting in the British Army, fighting in the Seven Years War in Europe, Barry deserts from the British army, joins the Prussian army, gets promoted to the rank of a spy, then becomes pupil to a Chevalier and con artist.  

The Spy With a Cold Nose (1966)
A spoof cold war spy thriller starring Laurence Harvey with Castle Howard masquerading as the Kremilin in Moscow.  The Russian Premier is presented with a British bulldog that has been fitted with a transmitter by Dr. Francis Trevelyan (Laurence Harvey).  

Lady L (1965)

Directed by Peter Ustinov, and starring David Niven, Sophia Loren and Paul Newman in a tale of European anarchists and aristocrats.  Lady Louise Lendale (Sophia Loren) is 80 years old and tells her long time admirer, British poet Sir Percy (Cecil Parker), all about her eventful life.