Lights, Camera, Action!

Richmond has always been a popular destination for filmmakers, but with streaming platforms requiring ever more content, the borough has never been busier.   

There is much to attract filmmakers; wonderful parks and open spaces, a fine mix of architecture and glorious riverside vistas to name a few.  Couple this with a well-respected and established film office and you have all the ingredients to ensure that the borough is regularly seen on screen. 

Long running TV dramas Unforgotten and Silent Witness are regular visitors and following the huge success of Apple TV + comedy series Ted Lasso, Richmond is now seeing tourists flock from around the world to check out the locations for their favourite scenes. 

Teddington Lock provided a key location for American heist thriller Now You See Me 2 on a very cold January night back in 2015.  The lock doubled as a section of the East River in New York and the scenes shot here went on to provide the entire opening sequence.  It was a particular treat to have Morgan Freemen on location that night.

Uniquely Richmond is the only London borough that straddles both sides of the Thames, and this makes filming on and around Richmond Riverside a very attractive prospect.  Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson spent a chilly night in Richmond filming scenes for their 2019 film The Hustle.  With the help of the Port of London Authority and a small speedboat, they high tailed it away on the Thames for the final shot of the film.

And talking of tails (this time of the furry variety), 2019 saw Richmond town centre host a 200-strong cast and crew for the filming of Peter Rabbit 2.  Over six days, Richmond doubled as Gloucester to provide multiple locations for live action and animated sequences.  Supportive residents and businesses all helped to ensure the shoot went ahead without a hitch. 

Thanks to FilmRichmond, part of Richmond Council.

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