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Six times Suffolk hit the big screen in popular films and TV shows, including Harry Potter and The Crown




Some places in Suffolk are so beautiful they look like they are straight out of a film set, so it isn't surprising that many Suffolk locations have actually featured on the big screen.

We've compiled a list of six popular films that you might not have realised were shot in Suffolk locations:

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1

De Vere House, Lavenham, was a location in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.
De Vere House, Lavenham, was a location in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.

De Vere House in the picturesque village of Lavenham, near Sudbury, was used as a location in the iconic Harry Potter franchise.

The 14th century building appears in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 as the birthplace of Harry Potter.

Featuring a stone spiral staircase, internal and external beams and stunning carved doors and woodwork throughout, De Vere House, now running as a B&B, is the perfect backdrop for mystery and magic.

2. The Personal Life of David Copperfield

David Copperfield film shooting on Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, in 2018.
David Copperfield film shooting on Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, in 2018.

Armando Iannucci's The Personal History of David Copperfield, a comedy-drama take on the Dickensian classic, bought camera crews to Bury St Edmunds in 2018.

Angel Hill was transformed into Victorian London, packed with horses and carriages, bustling extras and, of course, some famous faces including Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie and Tilda Swinton.

The Angel Hotel is a clear feature in the film's background, seen as the movie's protagonist arrives in "London" for the first time.

3. The Dig

Many of the scenes in The Dig were shot in Suffolk locations.
Many of the scenes in The Dig were shot in Suffolk locations.

Based on the true events of medieval dig site Sutton Hoo, parts of Netflix film The Dig were also filmed in the county.

The film follows the discovery and excavation of the Great Ship Burial at Sutton Hoo in 1939.

Boyton Marshes RSPB Reserve, near Woodbridge, and Shingle Street, near Felixstowe, were used as locations during filming, although the film's dig site and scenes within Tranmer House were filmed in Surrey.

4. Yesterday

Danny Boyle's 2019 romantic comedy, Yesterday, includes multiple Suffolk locations, as well as a cameo from our own Ed Sheeran.

The film, which sees a Suffolk musician become the only person in the world to remember The Beatles, has many scenes shot in Halesworth, 15 miles from Lowestoft, and at Latitude Festival in Henham Park.

5. Private Peaceful

Christchurch park, Ipswich, was used in the filming of Private Peaceful.
Christchurch park, Ipswich, was used in the filming of Private Peaceful.

The film adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's children's book, Private Peaceful, was filmed at Christchurch Mansion and parts of Christchurch Park in Ipswich.

Although the film is set in Devon, producers supposedly chose to film in and around Ipswich after hearing about replica trenches nearby.

Parts of the film were also shot at the Museum of East Anglian Life and the Sue Ryder nursing home at The Chantry, Ipswich, as well as Hadleigh’s St Mary’s Church, Woolpit and Kesgrave Wood.

6. The Crown

Somerleyton Hall, near Lowestoft, features in award-winning Netflix-original drama, The Crown, as the Sandringham estate.

The Crown features many huge names such as Olivia Coleman, Helena Bonham Carter and Josh O'Connor, and follows the royal family through Queen Elizabeth II's reign.

Filming of the fifth season of The Crown was scheduled to begin in June 2021 and the show will air on Netflix in 2022.

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