Television cameras have been spotted in many places in Bracknell Forest over the years. Whether you’re new to the area or have called Bracknell home for decades, everyone remembers the famous faces that walked the streets.
From BBC short series to blockbuster films, this little piece of Berkshire has always been a favorite hangout for celebrities.
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The last film crews have been seen at Bracknell station for the new BBC comedy drama ‘Avoidance’ starring Romesh Ranganathan. The “bus station cafeteria” was featured in multiple scenes throughout the six-episode drama.
This is a list of movies and TV shows that were filmed in and around Bracknell.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 were filmed in Bracknell at a location called Martins Heron.
The station and a house on Picket Post Close were used as locations for two of the most popular sets in the Harry Potter landscape.
The house was chosen as the landmark building on Privet Drive, Harry’s childhood home. This is the very first scene in the entire Harry Potter series.
Swinley Forest was also seen in Deathly Hallows part 1 as Harry, Ron, and Hermine traveled across the land.
Eddie the Eagle – 2016
Just outside Bracknell in Binfield are the now demolished John Nike ski slopes where Taron Egerton played the famous snow jumper in the film about Eddie’s life and career.
Many remember meeting celebrities here over the years when it was in its heyday. As Berkshire’s only dry ski slopes, it was the obvious choice for a film of this nature.
Bad Men – 2013
Amazingly, Bracknell was not only used as a filming location for this BBC comedy series, it was also the subject of it.
The premise being that a character was tasked with regenerating the “often unloved” town of Bracknell. This BBC Two comedy starred Oscar-winning actor and presenter James Corden (as a young man).
Fighting with my family – 2017
In March 2017, actor and director Stephen Merchant was seen alongside a fleet of trucks near St Paul’s Church in the Square, Ralphs Ride for the filming of Fighting with my Family, which was a new film by struggle at the time.
Cruel – 2019
Filming for the big screen remake of Cruella was filmed in Easthampstead in 2019. A former council building, Easthampstead House was restored for a scene in the film starring Emma Stone.
Filming took place on November 1, 2019.
A surprising amount of Netflix series have used Bracknell locations as backdrops. This includes 2020’s The Witcher and the Amazon Prime version of Hanna.
These are the most recent, but many other films have been shot in Bracknell Forest which have fond memories for the people of this little corner of Berkshire.