What do The Avengers, Harry Potter, and Angelina Jolie all have in common? They’ve made their name in Dacorum.
Throughout 2015, there were 140 days of filming for popular films and TV shows in the borough. Which means some of the most recognisable names in showbiz have been at some of Dacorum’s most recognisable landmarks.
Brad Pitt was at Bovingdon Airfield where he and the cast of Fury filmed dramatic tank scenes.
His wife Angelina Jolie was in Dacroum shooting parts of Disney’s Maleficent at Ashridge.
In fact, the stately home has been a popular film set, with blockbusters such as Harry Potter, Bridget Jones and Les Miserables all filmed there too.
Diana, starring Naomi Watts as the Princess of Wales, was filmed at Adeyfield Community Centre and Hemel Hempstead Hospital. Ashlyns School was used for Son of Rambow and a private house in Ringshall featured in Suffragette. Doctor Foster included scenes at the Chess Medical Centre and Silent Witness was partly shot at the Gaddesden Estate - as was Arthur and George, and Parade’s End.
Avengers Age of Ultron’s ballet scene was filmed at Tring Park School and The World’s End included scenes from a privately-owned house in Hemel.
TV shows such as New Tricks, Our girl and the new Jeremy Clarkson car franchise have also been filmed in Dacorum, as have adverts for John Lewis, Cadburys and Santander. Locations such as the town centre, Old Town, Maylands Business Park, and the Magic Roundabout have all been used as well.
Bovingdon Airfield has been a hotspot for movies, with the Fast and Furious franchise filming daring car chases there.
A spokesman for the borough council said : “Dacorum is a popular location for film and TV productions including feature films, TV dramas, commercials and documentaries. The borough contains some excellent film locations such as picturesque old towns and villages, beautiful parkland, including the National Trust Ashridge Estate, a modern town centre, many housing estates and a large business park.”
Dacorum Borough Council, in partnership with Screen East, is keen to promote the borough as a filming location. The spokesman added: “We aim to facilitate filming however we can. We can signpost producers and directors to the right people, or liaise on their behalf, to gain permits, traffic management, night filming and planning permissions.”