Penshurst in Film

The Great Fire

Filming for the popular ITV 4-part drama, "The Great Fire" took place on 12th – 15th March at Penshurst Place. Stars including Andrew Buchan, Jack Huston, Rose Leslie, Daniel Mays, Charles Dance, Perdita Weeks, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Antonia Clarke descended upon the estate, and transformed the house and gardens into the grand palace of Whitehall.

See what Daniel Mays had to say about filming here at Penshurst:

(c) ITV Productions, 2014

Anne of the Thousand Days

Anne of the Thousand Days is a 1969 British costume drama distributed by Universal Pictures. The film stars Richard Burton as King Henry VIII. The Penshurst Place Italian Garden and South Lawn were heavily used as sets for the film.  

Cinematically, Anne of the Thousand Days took twenty years to reach the screen because its themes, adultery and illegitimacy, were then unacceptable to the US motion picture production code.

Pedigree Chum

For some time in the 1980s, the maker of popular dog food Pedigree Chum decided to give its brand a touch of class by filming a TV commercial showing a canine baronial feast in our Baron’s Hall. In a move away from the usual sequences depicting happy dogs racing through woods or bonding with their adoring owners, this ad showed them sitting quietly amid all the pomp and wealth of Penshurst's seven centuries. Apparently unfazed by the flickering candlelight and the impassive gaze of a butler and two suits of armour, these extraordinary guests – a spaniel and a collie, a retriever, bulldog and other pedigree breeds – imply that their regular diet of Chum keeps them calm and happy.

The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood

In this made-for-TV spoof starring George Seagal, Morgan Fairchild & Roddy McDowall, Robin Hood and his merry men must attempt to gather together the necessary ransom money to free King Richard from a nasty Duke. Actors were filmed in the Gardens and State Rooms of Penshurst Place.

The Other Boleyn Girl

The Universal Pictures 2007 film, The Other Boleyn Girl, adapted from the bestselling novel by Philippa Gregory, is a story of love, passion and ambition set in the cut-throat court of Henry VIII. Mary (Scarlett Johansson), considered the more beautiful sister, gains the young Henry’s (Eric Bana) attention and becomes his mistress despite being married already. She is cast aside for her dazzling younger sister, Anne (Natalie Portman). Unwilling to be the king’s mistress Anne’s ruthless pursuit of the crown propels her towards her doom.

Filming in Kent began at Penshurst Place where the unspoiled estate and Tudor Gardens helped to bring the era to life. It is here that Henry first lays eyes on Anne and where the wedding feast was staged.

Drama Magazine Fashion Shoot

Launched in 2008, Drama Magazine is the creative vision of photographers Ram Shergill and Fabrice Jacobs who have shot for Vogue and other high profile magazines. Taking inspiration from Art, Film, Music and Theatre, the magazine features upcoming talents including Actors, Dancers, Musicians and Performers, and has featured many talents including Paloma Faith, Rufus Wainwright and Tom Felton.

The September 2013 issue featured a couple of double page spreads of a model set against the backdrop of the Italian Garden and our Queen Elizabeth and Panelled State Rooms.