The Crown Series 1 – 4 (2016-2020)

Actress Olivia Coleman as Queen Elizabeth II dressed in regimental uniform sitting on a black horse saluting. In the background is a crowd

Olivia Coleman in The Crown (2020) © Netflix

Writer: Peter Morgan

Directors: Stephen Daldry, Benjamin Caron, Philip Martin, Julian Jarrold

Starring: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Jared Harris, Vanessa Kirby, John Lithgow, Olivia Coleman, Helena Bonham Carter, Tobias Menzies

Production Companies: Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television Production UK

Kent Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Royal School of Military Engineering (Chatham) Brompton Barracks

The Crown is a Netflix Original historical drama series focusing on the reign of the Queen Elizabeth II. The series delivers a world full of intrigue and revelations from behind the closed doors of Westminster and Buckingham Palace as The Queen steps up to represent the world’s most powerful monarchy and forge relationships with her Prime Ministers.

The Crown was reportedly the most expensive series to be produced by Netflix, estimated at £100 million at the time of the first series release. The series was created by Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) and directed by various directors including Benjamin Caron (Wallander, Scott & Bailey), Stephen Daldry (The Reader, The Hours), Samuel Donovan (Four Lions, Liar (2017-2020) and Jessica Hobbs (Apple Tree Yard, Broadchurch).

In Series 1 – 4 The Crown stars Claire Foy (First Man, Wolf Hall (2015)) and Olivia Coleman (The Favourite (2019), Fleabag) as Queen Elizabeth II with support from a host of stars, including Matt Smith (Doctor Who, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) and Tobias Menzies (Game of Thrones, The Night Manager) as Prince Philip, Vanessa Kirby (About Time, Everest) and Helena Bonham Carter (Enola HolmesSuffragette (2015) as Princess Margaret, John Lithgow (Interstellar, Shrek) as Winston Churchill and Jeremy Northiam as Anthony Eden (Gosford Park, Emma).

The Crown production team chose to visit Kent to film at The Historic Dockyard Chatham during Series One where they filmed a dockside scene on Anchor Wharf after building part of the side of a ship. The Historic Dockyard Chatham dates back to the 17th century and contains over 100 buildings from the Georgian and Victorian periods. The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a popular film location that has previously featured on screen in Suffragette (2015), Downton Abbey (2013) and Les Miserables (2013).

The first series of The Crown was released on Netflix on Friday 4th November 2016.

In Series Four production visited the Royal School of Military Engineering (Chatham) Brompton Barracks to film scenes set in London.  Brompton Barracks is ideally suited as a location to double for iconic London landmarks with a large parade ground, vaulted cellars under the Officer’s Mess, statues, stone bridges, a museum and a large ornate arch.

Series Four will be released on Netflix on Sunday 15th November 2020.

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Mary Queen of Scots (2019)

Margot Robbie in Mary Queen of Scots seen standing in the dark in a long grey dress, with a maid at each side dressed in the same grey colour.

Margot Robbie in Mary Queen of Scots ©Universal Pictures

 

Writer: Beau Willimon

Director: Josie Rourke

Starring: Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie

Production Company: Universal Pictures International

Kent Locations Used: Penshurst Place

Historical drama Mary Queen of Scots is based on John Guy’s book Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart and tells the story of Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan), Queen of France, who becomes widowed at 18, defies pressures to remarry and instead, returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her throne. However, when Mary’s attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England (Margot Robbie), fails, she is condemned to years of imprisonment before finally facing execution.

The film was directed by Josie Rourke and written by Beau Willimon and  stars Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones, Brooklyn) and Margot Robbie (Wolf of Wall Street, The Legend of Tarzan).

Filming took place at Penshurst Place in Sevenoaks, with lead actress Saoirse Ronan featuring in scenes set in the Baron’s Hall and the Inner Courtyard. The medieval Baron’s Hall also features at the start of the official trailer as a backdrop for Mary’s execution. The solemn procession of spectators waiting to witness Queen Mary’s execution was staged in the Inner Courtyard.

Penshurst Place is a 14th Century Manor House with preserved interiors, including the unique medieval Baron’s Hall as well as eleven acres of Elizabethan walled gardens. Previous productions using this location were The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses (2016), Wolf Hall (2015), and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

Mary Queen of Scots will be released in UK Cinemas on Friday 18th January 2019.

For more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map.