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Dame Judi Dench filming at Osborne House for new Queen Victoria movie

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 12:52

DAME Judi Dench has returned to Osborne House today (Thursday) for the latest stage of filming Victoria and Abdul.
The historic former palace’s interiors will feature as the backdrop for several significant scenes in the film, directed by Stephen Frears.
Osborne House is the only one of the monarch’s homes to be used as a film location.
The film marks the return of Oscar winning Dame Judi in the role of Victoria, having previously played her in the award-winning film, Mrs Brown, which featured exterior scenes of Osborne House.
Victoria and Abdul charts the extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s rule.
When Abdul Karim, a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Victoria’s golden jubilee celebrations, he is surprised to find favour with the queen herself.
Supervising location manager, Adam Richards, said: "It’s a tremendous thrill to film in the very rooms where the dramatic story of Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim played out in real life."
English Heritage’s Rob Flower, Osborne’s general manager, said: "The story of Victoria, Abdul and her Indian servants’ time at Osborne is a fascinating, but little known one. If you’re going to bring that story to life, where better place than where it actually happened.
"We’re looking forward to being part of a great British film."
Filming at Osborne started earlier this month, but it remains open to visitors. Certain rooms may be inaccessible on specific days however.
Comedian, Eddie Izzard, who also plays a role in the film, will be performing a show at Shanklin Theatre on Sunday, October 2. The show sold out within an hour of tickets going on sale today.


 


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