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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, beautiful grounds and wider estate are all ideal settings for costume dramas, feature films and documentaries.
If you are considering Castle Howard for the location of your television programme, film, drama or photo shoot please click here for further information.

From 'Lady L' with Sophia Loren in 1965 and 'Barry Lyndon' directed by Stanley Kubrick in 1975, to the iconic 'Brideshead Revisited' in 1981 and 2008, the BBC's 'Death Comes to Pemberley' in 2013, and more recently ITV's 'Victoria', Castle Howard has featured in both large and small scale film and television productions.

Castle Howard on Film
When Brideshead Revisted was first broadcast in 1981 it catapulted Castle Howard into the public eye and today, for many the House remains synonymous with Evelyn Waugh's iconic novel. Castle Howard reprised its role as the Marchmain's family home in 2008 when Miramax returned to Yorkshire to shoot Brideshead Revisited, the feature film.

Other Past Projects 

The Arctic Monkeys 'Four out of Five' Music Video (2018)
Victoria (2016)

The ITV drama Victoria starring Jenna Coleman, Rufus Sewell and Tom Hughes, filmed at Castle Howard in October 2015 when the house doubled as Kensington Palace - where the young Victoria lived and learned of her ascension to the throne. 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. Castle Howard stars in the first episode of the series, an extended 90 minute feature which is followed by 7 one hour episodes.

Death Comes to Pemberley (2013)

The BBCs adaptation of PD James's best selling novel, Death Comes to Pemberley was filmed at Castle Howard for two weeks during July 2013. Starring Matthew Rhys, Anna Maxwell-Martin, Matthew Goode and Jenna Louise Coleman, the three part adaptation was shown on BBC for three consecutive nights from Thursday 26th December. The cast and crew used 11 interior and three exterior locations at Castle Howard to portray Mr Darcy and Elizabeth's Pemberley home.

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.