Northern Ireland has become something of a gold mine for film recently.
With its unrivalled variety of landscape and stunning surroundings, why should we be surprised that more and more film & TV executives are realising it is the ideal location for new productions?
Check out our top seven picks filmed in Northern Ireland – some might surprise you…
1. Game Of Thrones
Kicking off with arguably the most famous; HBO’s epic fantasy series has helped seriously highlight the beauty of our naturally stunning landscapes, with filming locations ranging from River Quoile, County Down (Old Valyria Canal, Essos); Pollnagollum Cave, County Fermanagh (Brotherhood Without Banners’ Hideout); Ballintoy Harbour (The Iron Islands); and Murlough Bay, County Antrim (Coast of Essos).
Meanwhile, Belfast’s very own Titanic Studios is the home of interior shoots including The Eyrie and Throne Room.
Make sure you check out our 7 Things We’ve Learned From The New Game Of Thrones Trailer… Is Jon Snow really no more?! We’re starting to get nervous. Roll on April 25.
2. The Fall
The deadly game of cat and mouse continues with Series 3 due later this year – Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson both returned to Belfast in early 2016 to reprise their roles as the battle between Detective Superintendent Gibson and Paul Spector. Could this finally be the terrifying conclusion in Allan Cubitt’s intense psychological thriller?
It comes as audiences were left reeling at the end of Series 2 as Spector, critically injured in an ambush, lay bleeding in the arms of Gibson.
Newcomers to the series include Aidan McArdle (Mr Selfridge), Ruth Bradley (Humans), Aisling Bea (Trollied) and Richard Coyle (Coupling). We cannot wait.
3. Line of Duty
With Season 2 shot entirely in Belfast, Line of Duty has been making all the headlines since it returned with a third series on BBC One this March. Filmed on location in Northern Ireland Series 3 pits AC-12 against their most dangerous adversary yet.
With film locations shrouded in secrecy, one of our reporters was lucky enough to spend the day on set at Belfast’s Methodist College last summer.
We’ll not give away any spoilers, but we seriously recommend you catch up on BBC iPlayer if you’re late to this party. Season 3 has left us on the edge of our seats every week!
4. The Lost City Of Z
All chill went out the window last summer when we spotted film fans and some seriously high-tech looking equipment at Methodist College – because we knew it could only mean one thing: Movie stars.
And sure enough, (just out of our reach) some seriously A-list actors were filming The Lost City Of Z including Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Charlie Hunnam and Tom Holland.
With one very big name in the role of producer (a certain Brad Pitt), it’s fair to say our celeb-spidey-sense was tingling all summer. Sadly, it was to no avail.
Other filming locations included Strangford Lough, County Down and our very own City Hall. The Lost City Of Z is set to be released sometime later this year.
Directed by Ben Wheatley, High-Rise is an adaptation of JG Ballard’s classic 1975 British thriller, starring Tom Hiddleston in the lead along with Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans and Elisabeth Moss. It was filmed on location in Northern Ireland two years ago, with the movie released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland in 2015.
Oddly enough, despite being filmed in Northern Ireland, the movie is set in London in 1975.
Producer Jeremy Thomas explained: “A five-minute stroll from the walled garden is the old Bangor Castle Leisure Centre, built in 1973, a forbidding brutalist slab closed down a year before filming began. We walked in here and found most of the film inside. It has a swimming pool, a squash court and lots of corridors, all of which featured in scenes that had been written. So suddenly, we’re making the film in Northern Ireland.”
6. Dracula Untold
Vampire mythology combined with the true history of Prince Vlad tells the origin of Dracula, starring Luke Evans and Dominic Cooper.
Filmed at many locations across Northern Ireland including Tollymore Forest Park, Roe Valley Country Park, Mount Stewart House and Gardens, Giant’s Causeway, Divis Mountain and Scrabo Country Park.
7. Your Highness
A Universal Studios Picture comedy that was filmed on location in Northern Ireland, Your Highness starred A-List actors from Natalie Portman; James Franco; Zooey Deschanel; Danny McBride and Justin Theroux .
The production was filmed at Titanic Studios in Belfast and utilised many of Northern Ireland’s stunning locations to create their very own ‘Kingdom of Mourne’ including Tollymore Forest Park, Castle Ward, Cairncastle, Dunluce Castle and the Giant’s Causeway.