The Crown, Netflix’s lavish production portraying the life of Queen Elizabeth II, launching on 4th November, will feature locations across Hertfordshire and the South East, as a result of production services delivered by Creative England.
The Crown is Netflix’s first original series to be shot in the UK, where it is produced by Left Bank Pictures, using Elstree Studios as its production base. Creative England worked extensively on the production sourcing locations and crew for the 60-episode commission (6 series x 10 episodes).
Creative England works with productions across the English regions and tracks how much they bring to the economy. Film and television production shooting on location in the English regions in 2015/16 was worth an estimated £102million, with almost £12million of that being spent in Hertfordshire, which is home to Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden as well as Elstree Studios. Productions filming on location spend money on everything from local crew to catering, hotels and security firms. The Crown also filmed in Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey and Kent, where it was supported by Kent Film Office.
The Crown is created and written by Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon, The Damned United) and directed by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader).
Elstree Studios, also home to Creative England’s production services department, housed exterior sets for 10 Downing Street, and interior sets at its famous George Lucas stage. Doubles for well-known royal residences were found at Knebworth House, Hatfield House, West Wycombe Park, Wrotham Park and Chenies Manor.
The Queen’s visits to her Scottish residence at Balmoral were filmed in Scotland, but Windsor Racecourse doubled as the Balmoral Showground. In addition, Creative England assisted the production to source airfields, period stables, 1930's Newspaper offices and castles.
Pat Karam, Supervising Location Manager on The Crown was delighted at being able to find so many locations so close to Elstree Studios:
“Being based at Elstree we filmed a good deal of Season One of The Crown in Hertfordshire. I was impressed by the amount of suitable locations Creative England found so close to Elstree which, in turn, is of course so close to London. Again Creative England provided a very in depth local knowledge of the area for us. We all look forward to filming as much of Season Two in the county as possible”.
Left Bank Pictures started shooting series 2 of The Crown in October and looks set to stay based at Elstree for all six series of the drama.
Roger Morris, Managing Director of Elstree Studios, said:
“The Crown is without doubt the must see series on Netflix in November, we are honoured to be their Studio of choice and to have such a talented team from Left Bank working at Elstree. They have taken full advantage of the stages and backlot areas we offer and our excellent location close to London and the great locations in Hertfordshire.”
Kaye Elliott, Head of Production Services at Creative England, said:
“We have worked closely with all the local authorities in Hertfordshire for many years and helped them to develop their film friendly offer to productions of all sizes and budgets. It’s fantastic to film a drama of this calibre in the region and brilliant for Hertfordshire and the surrounding counties that so much of The Crown was shot on location here.”
For more information on Creative England’s Production Services team and their work in the English regions, contact Emma Stewart on firstname.lastname@example.org
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