EP NowEP StoreAcademySupportCommunityProducts by Country
Blog Home

9 Hollywood Blockbusters Actually Filmed in the UK

Major US studios are taking advantage of what the UK has to offer, and clever set design and special effects make it a seamless hop across the pond.
December 27, 2022
EP Blog WIDE-nine Hollywood blockbusters filming in UK

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: the UK production industry is booming. Competitive tax reliefs, world-class crew and state-of-the-art infrastructure have led to unprecedented volumes of content creation. In 2021, film and HETV investment climbed to record levels, with total spend surpassing £5.6b ($7.7b).

Notably, more than £4.7b ($6.3b) of this was inward investment from major international productions, an 86% increase compared with 2020. And yet, while it’s clear that major US studios are taking advantage of what the UK has to offer, clever set design and special effects mean that the audience is often none the wiser.

As we wrap up 2022, here’s a round-up of this year’s Hollywood blockbusters which were actually filmed – at least in part – in the UK.

The-Northman-AS-ATJ.jpg
Focus Features / Universal Pictures. Released April 22, 2022.

9. The Northman

Kicking off our list is the historical Viking thriller The Northman. Based on Norse mythology, the film follows Prince Amleth (Alexander Skarsgård) on his quest to avenge the murder of his father (Ethan Hawke).

While brief sequences were filmed in Iceland – where the film is set – the majority of shooting actually took place in Northern Ireland. Hightown Quarry near Belfast doubled as the Icelandic volcano Hekla, while Torr Head, Knockdhu, Portglenone, the River Bann, Clandeboyne Estate and Shane’s Castle were all used in place of Nordic landscapes.  

jared-leto-Morbius-1kpxw.jpg
Sony Pictures Releasing. Released April 1, 2022.

8. Morbius

Next on the list is the third instalment in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, Morbius. This Marvel origin story introduces us to Dr Michael Morbius (Jared Leto), who accidentally transforms himself and his brother Milo (Matt Smith) into vampires in an attempt to cure their rare blood disease.

Despite being set in New York City, almost all production took place in England, including in Manchester and London, with London’s Crystal Palace doubling as Central Park. Filming also took place at Pinewood Studios in Slough.

House-of-the-Dragon-season-1-1kpxw.jpg
HBO. Released August 21, 2022.

7. House of the Dragon, Season 1

Ok so while this isn’t a film, the budget for the first season of the epic Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon rivals that of features and is an excellent example of how high the HETV bar has been raised.

Although some scenes were shot in Spain and Portugal, the majority of the show – which is set in the mythical world of Westeros – was filmed in the UK, with Cornwall, Derbyshire and Hampshire all making an appearance. Notably, House of the Dragon was also the first production to be shot on the new virtual production stage at Warner Bros Studios, Leavesden.

Jurassic World-Dominion-1kpxw.jpg
Universal Pictures. Released June 10, 2022.

6. Jurassic World: Dominion

Next on the list is Jurassic World: Dominion, the sixth instalment in the epic Jurassic Park franchise. Taking place four years after the events of the film’s prequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Dominion sees the return of original stars Laura Dern and Sam Neil as they try to mitigate the havoc caused by swarms of dinosaurs roaming the globe.

Filming took place in Canada, Malta and Switzerland, as well as at Pinewood Studios. Five Pinewood stages (including its permanently filled underwater stage) and the outdoor lot were used to create realistic backdrops, such as an arctic crash site.

14fantastic-beasts-The Secrets of Dumbledore.jpeg
Warner Bros Pictures. Released April 15, 2022.

5. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

Nothing says the UK more than Harry Potter, so it’s only right that the latest film in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, The Secrets of Dumbledore, makes the list. In the third instalment of the popular series, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to prevent the dark wizard Gellart Grindlewald (Mads Mikkelsen) from destroying the non-magical world.

Don’t be fooled by the realistic scenes of Berlin and Bhutan; The Secrets of Dumbledore was shot on the backlot and sound stages of Warner Bros Studios, Leavesden

doctor-strange-multiverse-of-madness-1kpx.jpg
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Released May 6, 2022. 

4. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Up next is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the second film in Marvel’s Doctor Strange series. The film follows Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and telekinetic Avenger Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) as they navigate the alternate realities of the multiverse.  

Filming took place on location in multiple places throughout the UK, including London (Richmond Park and Freemasons’ Hall) and Somerset (Burrow Hill Cider Farm). Filming also took place at Longcross Studios in Surrey, where the production team constructed the sets for Sanctum Sanctorum and multiple New York City blocks.

death-on-the-nile-fox-1000.jpg
20th Century Studios. Released February 11, 2022.

3. Death on the Nile  

Next on our list is Kenneth Branagh’s remake of the beloved British classic Death on the Nile. A sequel to the box-office hit Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile sees the return of Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who once again finds himself in the middle of a murder, this time on board the SS Karnak.

Although filming was originally intended to take place in Morocco, all filming ultimately took place in England. As well as utilising Longcross Studios, the production team did an incredible job of turning the Cotswold Water Park Nature Reserve into an Egyptian marketplace and the site of the Aswan ruins.

Robert_Pattenson_The Batman_WB_1kpxw.jpg
Warner Bros Pictures. Released March 4, 2022.

2. The Batman  

Up next is the epic superhero film The Batman, which sees Robert Pattinson take his turn as the brooding Bruce Wayne.

Despite the fictional city of Gotham’s resemblance to the Big Apple, The Batman was shot entirely in the UK, aside from a few exterior shots and stunts in Chicago. Principal photography took place in London, including at the O2 Arena, Printworks nightclub and Somerset House. Warner Bros Studios, Leavesden, was home to the Batcave and Gotham city blocks, while the Gotham City Hall was built in a hangar at Cardington Airfield. The film also made use of the regions, with additional scenes being filmed in Glasgow and Shotts (Scotland) and Liverpool.

mission impossible-dead-reckoning-1kpxw.png
Paramount Pictures. Release scheduled for July, 2023.

1. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One

We’re teasing you with this one as it’s not premiering until 2023, but with a budget of £243m ($290m), we had to include it. Yes, Tom Cruise is back as the notorious Agent Ethan Hunt in the seventh instalment of the Mission Impossible franchise.

As well as Italy, Norway and the Middle East, a significant chunk of filming took place in the UK. This included the infamous motorcycle stunt in Oxfordshire, which was the most-expensive scene ever filmed in the UK. Other locations included Warner Bros Studios, Leavesden, Longcross Studios, London and Birmingham, as well as a small village in North Yorkshire which doubled as the Swiss Alps.

Topic: UK

Related Content

EP Newsroom-Thumbnail-PGGB

6FT From The Spotlight Wins Inaugural Earl of Wessex Award at PGGB Talent Showcase

1/25/2023
Film and TV industry charity 6ft From the Spotlight were awarded The Production Guild of Great Britain’s...
More

New Union Agreement for Engaging Crew on UK HETV Takes Effect

1/20/2023
Pact/Bectu 2023 agreement makes a number of key changes to the terms and conditions for engaging crew.
Topic: UK
More
uk-gdpr-and-how-productions-reduce-exposure-LC

The UK GDPR and how Productions can Reduce their Exposure - Q&A with Sheridans

5/3/2022
Sheridans’ Associate Krishan Neelendra answers key UK GDPR questions from production companies and...
Topic: UK
More
cell phone with sticky note stating sign here

Six e-Consent Myths (and Why They’re Not True)

5/2/2022
Sheridans Associate, Sarmad Saleh, debunks some common e-consent myths.
Topic: Legal
More

7 Things Production Finance Teams Need to Know for Budgeting in 2023

1/25/2023
Mark Hammond, VP of International Finance & Ops, shares some of the key factors production finance teams...

Entertainment Partners and Netflix Pledge £500K ($608K) to New PGGB Talent Development Fund

1/25/2023
Production Guild of Great Britain (PGGB) Talent Development Fund will support the development and...
Master Series square Thumbnail Pact Bectu Agreement

Understanding the New Pact/Bectu TV Drama Agreement 2023

1/12/2023
Your comprehensive overview of the new Pact/Bectu TV Drama Agreement and how key changes will impact...
Topic: UK
Watch
Virtual Production

The UK Invests in Virtual Production as Content Boom Continues

1/10/2023
The UK is doubling down on Virtual Production infrastructure; learn how and why they’re leading the charge...
Topic: UK
More

40 Production Finance Terms Every Filmmaker Should Know

12/6/2022
Your quick guide to everything from basic film financing terminology to complex legal language.

UK Production Incentives All Producers Should Know About

11/17/2022
Don't miss out on the UK's tax incentives, special programs, and national and regional funding...

Behind the Boom: Why the UK is a Hotspot for Production

11/17/2022
Explore the generous industry incentives, talent, and infrastructure available to productions filming in...
ICO Issues 4.4M Penalty

ICO Warns Against Complacency as it Hands Out £4.4M GDPR Penalty

11/16/2022
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) imposes hefty penalty for failing to protect employee personal...

Three Mistakes That Can Slow Down Your Production Payroll (And How to Avoid Them)

11/11/2022
Stay compliant with UK rules and regulations, and get your crew and talent paid on time, with these...

The Beginner's Guide to Pre-Selling a Film

11/8/2022
How to meet and work with a sales agent to pre-sell your next project.
UK Govt backtracks on growth plan

UK Government Backtracks on Growth Plan: What it Means for Production

10/18/2022
Former UK Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng was replaced by Jeremy Hunt after 38-day run, and policies reversed in...
Topic: UK
More
UK Court Issues Warning for Personal Data at Work

UK Court Issues Warning for those with Access to Personal Data at Work 

10/12/2022
UK Coventry Magistrates’ Court fines a former health adviser £3,000 for unlawfully accessing personal data...
Topic: UK
More
Changes to UK Pensions Act

Proposed Changes to the UK Pensions Act Could Impact Production Budgets

10/12/2022
Reintroduced bill seeks to give UK government the power to extend pensions auto-enrollment to young and...
Topic: UK
More
UK Gov Growth Plan

Mini Budget; Big Changes: What the UK Government’s Growth Plan Means for Production 

10/12/2022
UK Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng announces new Growth Plan (aka the “mini budget”) and a big shake up of the...
Topic: UK
More
Changes to UK right to work checks

Important Changes to UK Right to Work Checks

9/20/2022
On September 30, 2022 the UK rules around right to work checks will change. Here’s what productions need...
Topic: UK
More
Los Angeles Times logo-sq

Hollywood production in U.K. soars to record levels as crews complain of burnout

8/22/2022
Spending on film and high-end television shoots reach record-breaking amounts as production activity...
Compliant crew contracting panel-square

Compliant Crew Contracting in the UK

8/1/2022
Learn how to ensure your crew contracts are compliant with UK regulations and why the Production Portal is...
Topic: UK
Watch
Blue graphic with map of UK and title ICO penalty following ransomware attack

ICO issues £98,000 penalty following ransomware attack

7/13/2022
Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) imposed penalty on a leading UK law firm for breaching the UK...
Topic: UK
More
Cabinet Office fined for disclosing addresses

Cabinet Office Fined £500,000 for Disclosing Addresses of High-Profile Individuals

7/9/2022
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined the Cabinet Office £500,000 for accidentally...
Topic: UK
More
Blue graphic with map of UK and title ICO fines charity for GDPR breach

ICO Fines Charity £10,000 for UK GDPR Breach

7/9/2022
According to the ICO, the charity failed to apply appropriate organizational and technical security...
Topic: UK
More
Sian Richards and Queen Latifah-square

A Face Kit for Every Skin Tone

6/14/2022
Hollywood makeup artist Siân Richards is transforming the makeup industry for actors of every shade.
EP Blog_SQUARE-Pitching Reality Tv-blue

Pitching and Financing Unscripted Television

6/7/2022
Ready to sell your big idea for a reality TV program? This guide will help prepare you for the road ahead.
EP Blog_SQUARE_World Revenues_global currencies

The Beginner's Guide to World Revenues, Foreign Sales, and Senior Debt

5/17/2022
Learn how shopping your project around the world to secure funding commitments for distribution rights can...
uk-gdpr-compliance-for-productions

UK GDPR Compliance for Productions: Q&A with Sheridans

5/4/2022
Special category data, liability, data transfers and reporting - Sheridans answer your questions on the UK...
Topic: UK
More
contracting-in-a-covid-19-world-LC

Contracting in a COVID-19 World  

5/3/2022
The pandemic has affected how UK production companies contract crew. Here’s how to reduce the impact of...
terms-to-include-uk-contracts-LC

Terms to Include in UK Crew Contracts

5/3/2022
Common terms which studios and production companies include in their UK crew contracts.
Topic: UK
More
KJ Lamb and Simon Donovan

Empowering the Next Wave of Production Accountants

5/2/2022
The EP Production Portal team was delighted to participate in the biannual Netflix Assistant Production...

Payroll & Finances

PayrollResidualsSmartStartNew SmartTimeProduction PortalEP On LocationSmartAccountingEP LiveSmartPOCASHétPayPaymaster Rate GuideEP Residency

Manage Multiple Productions

AssetHubSmartHubSmartHub Vault
Subscribe now

Be an industry insider with EP's
newsletters and alerts

LegalPrivacy NoticeSecurity
© 2023 Entertainment Partners. All rights reserved.