Discover where the stars of the big and small screen have stood and find the locations where many favourite tv and film stories have been acted out when you visit Suffolk.
Suffolk has starred as itself and has also doubled up as scenes from across the globe, with much of the filming facilitated by Screen Suffolk.
Ed Sheeran performing outside Ipswich Cornhill in the Disney+ documentary The Sum Of It All
ED SHEERAN – SUBTRACT: THE VISUAL ALBUM, THE SUM OF IT ALL
Has there been anyone to put Suffolk on the global map more than singer songwriter Ed Sheeran? We think not.
And Framlingham-born Ed has excelled himself as the unofficial ambassador for his home county with his latest work, a Disney+ documentary The Sum Of It All and accompanying videos to each of the songs on his latest multi-million selling album Subtract which were all filmed in Suffolk.
Ed Sheeran filming The Boat video at Southwold beach
The Sum Of It All four-part documentary features Ipswich town centre, Framlingham, Portman Road, the stadium of his beloved Ipswich Town Football Club, and The King’s Head pub at Laxfield.
Subtract: The Visual Album features videos filmed close to Southwold Pier, at Pin Mill on the River Orwell outside Ipswich, at North Denes Lowestoft Beach and Woodbridge.
See the videos with more Ed Sheeran locations on our blog – Walk in Ed Sheeran’s footsteps in Suffolk
Spot the scenes in Halesworth High Street and the Ramsholt Arms Pub in Ramsholt, where you can sit at the same bench that Himesh and Lily shared whilst having a drink. Other locations in the film are Shingle Street and Suffolk’s Latitude Festival.
The crew of Yesterday enjoying some Suffolk sunshine at Shingle Street
Netflix movie The Dig is based on the eponymous book and re-enacts the events of 1939 when the burial ship of Anglo Saxon king Raedwald was excavated at Sutton Hoo, arguably the UK’s greatest-ever archaeological find.
The film stars Carey Mulligan, Lily James and Ralph Fiennes and was directed by Simon Stone.
The Dig at Snape Maltings (c) Screen Suffolk
Featured locations on the Suffolk Coast include Thorpeness Beach, Shingle Street, a footpath at Snape on Suffolk Wildlife Trust land and an RSPB site called Boyton Marsh. The unit base was set up at Snape Maltings.
THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD
The Personal History of David Copperfield film was written and directed by Armando Iannucci, based on the novel David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. The Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds was transformed for filming.
The Angel Hotel actually features in Dickens’ The Pickwick Papers and the writer stayed here when he did readings in the town at The Athenaeum.
Filming The Personal Life of David Copperfield outside The Angel Hotel in Bury St Edmunds (c) Screen Suffolk
Other locations in the town were Chequer Square opposite St Edmundsbury Cathedral and inside the Theatre Royal, which is the location bookending the film.
The Personal History of David Copperfield being filmed at Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds (c) Screen Suffolk
Join Discover Newmarket on one of their tours around the racecourse and other attractions within the town.
The Rowley Mile at Newmarket Racecourses (c) Newmarket Racecourses
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS
In May 2022, the production spent two weeks in the village of Kersey, before filming a plethora of driving shots mostly around Mid Suffolk in a classic car, and also taking in Ipswich locations near Christchurch Park and the Willis Building, and Woodbridge train station.
Starring Lesley Manville, Conleth Hill, Tim McMullan and Daniel May, all six episodes of Magpie Murders – described as ‘a whodunnit, inside a whodunnit’ – are available on BritBox.
A BIT OF LIGHT
Oscar winner Anna Paquin and Ray Winstone lead the cast of ‘A Bit of Light’ (2022) which was filmed primarily in Suffolk. The film follows Ella (Paquin), a newly sober mother who is living with her father (Winston) and focuses on an unlikely friendship with a teenage boy.
Cherry Lane Park in Ipswich is used throughout the film, directed by Stephen Moyer, and is the place where Ella first meets teenage boy, Luca Hogan, who finally gets her to believe in her self worth.
Leiston and Framlingham were also used as locations for filming.
WIND IN THE WILLOWS
Christchurch Mansion is in Christchurch Park in the centre of Ipswich