13 films and TV series filmed on location in St Albans

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4:00 PM February 27, 2022



With its historic streets, magnificent cathedral and Roman ruins, St Albans is frequently used by filmmakers for films and TV series.

Like shooting the next Wonka film starring Timothée Chalamet arrives in St Albans, with film crews based in Verulamium Park, here are 13 other productions that were partly filmed on location in the town and surrounding areas.


Wonka is filming in St Albans, the HertsAdvertiser can confirm this exclusively.
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Everyone from Sean Connery to Rowan Atkinson, and TV sleuth Inspector Morse to those cheeky guys from Intermediate visited St Albans, Hertfordshire, for filming.

Just like the creators of Netflix’s royal drama The crown and producers of the James Bond franchise even set up a movie studio in the neighborhood for a 007 blockbuster starring Pierce Brosnan.


Behind the scenes of the filming of The Crown at St Albans Cathedral.

Behind the scenes filming The Crown at St Albans Cathedral for season two. The cathedral entrance was used for the wedding of Princess Margaret (Vanessa Kirby) to Tony Armstrong-Jones (Matthew Goode), doubling for Westminster Abbey.
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Of the following, how many have you seen?

Wonka, the final film to be added to the St Albans credits, will see Dunes Star Timothée Chalamet plays young Willy Wonka in a story about the origins of the eccentric owner of a chocolate factory.

A prequel to the events of Charlie and the chocolate factoryhe is portrayed by Warner Bros. Studios as a “family musical”.

Last year Timothée Chalamet posted on Instagram a photo of himself dressed as Willy Wonka with the caption: “The suspense is terrible. I hope it will last… 🏭WONKA🍫”

This is a quote from Oscar Wilde The importance of being serious, which was later used in Gene Wilder’s 1971 film, Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory.

Based at Warner Bros. Studios. Leavesden, Wonka isn’t the first film inspired by Roald Dahl’s much-loved characters to be shot on location in the county.

2005 fantasy film by Tim Burton Charlie and the chocolate factory starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka was partly filmed at Hatfield House.

The Hertfordshire stately home doubled for the interior of the Veruca Salt family mansion.

They filmed the Salt family’s press conference after winning a coveted ‘Golden Ticket’ inside the Hatfield House armory, starring James Fox as Mr. Salt.

It is not yet known who will shoot in St Albans.

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