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Film History

Co. Wicklow has a rich history of filmmaking, as shown by our list of popular series and films made here.

Co. Wicklow has been a firm favourite with filmmakers for years and for that reason thousands of films have been filmed in our beautiful county.

Among these are films such as Braveheart, The Count of Monte Cristo, Haywire, Frank and King Arthur.

More recent productions include series five and six of Vikings, Into the Badlands, the RTÉ production Striking Out with Amy Huberman, The Rhythm Section with Blake Lively and Jude Law, and Dancing with the Stars, which is filmed at Ardmore Studios.

Below is a chronological list of feature films and television series filmed in Co. Wicklow:



Director: Steven Soderbergh

Starring: Ewan McGregor
Locations: Russborough House, Blessington

ITV TV series
Director: Robert Quinn
Starring: Hannah Spearritt, Ben Miller, Andrew Lee-Potts, Ben Mansfield, and Alexander Siddig
Locations: Wicklow Head

The Final Furlong

Directed by Agnes Merlet
Starring: Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Rachel Hurd-Wood
Locations: Clermont College, Rathnew.

World 2000 production
Starring: Jamie Campbell Bower, Joseph Fiennes and Eva Green
Locations: Killruddery, Powerscourt, Luggalla Estate, Sally Gap, Brittas Bay


Director: Nick Willing

Starring: Anna Friel, Rhys Ifans, Charles Dance and Bob Hoskins
Locations: Blessington Lakes

Stella Days

Director: Thaddeus O’Sullivan
Starring: Amy Huberman, Marcella Plunkett, Tom Hickey, Martin Sheen and Stephen Rea
Locations: Powerscourt Waterfall, Newcastle


Leap Year
Director: Anand Tucker
Starring: Amy Adams and Matthew Goode
Locations: Luggala Estate near Roundwood, Enniskerry, Ardmore Studios, Laragh, Upper Lake at Glendalough and Glen of Imaal

The Tudors IV

Showtime Period Drama
Starring: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Annabelle Wallis and Joss Stone
Locations: Powerscourt House and Gardens, Killruddery House and Gardens, Luggala Estate.


The Tudors III
Showtime Period Drama
Starring: Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Natalie Dormer
Locations: Killruddery House, Humewood Castle, Luggala

Starring: Eva Green
Locations: Redcross, Roundwood

RTÉ Drama
Locations: Ardmore Studios, Harbour Bar, Bray


The Tudors II
Showtime Period Drama
Starring: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Natalie Dormer and Maria Doyle Kennedy
Locations: Killruddery, The Grange, Brennanstown, Ardmore Studios

Dorothy Mills
Starring: Carice Van Houten and Jenn Murray
Locations: Bray, Blassington Lakes, Wicklow Gap, Sally Gap, Ardmore Studios

My Boy Jack

ITV Drama
Starring: Daniel Radcliff and Kim Catrall
Locations: Cleremont House Rathnew, Ashford, Cabinteely House

The Whistleblower
RTÉ Drama
Starring: Adrian Dunbar
Locations: Clermont House Rathnew, Bray

The Old Curiosity Shop
ITV Period Drama
Starring: Sophie Vavassuer
Locations: Ardmore Studios

George Gently II & III

Starring: Martin Shaw
Locations: Greystones, Kilcoole.


Becoming Jane
Starring: Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy
Locations: Wicklow Courthouse, Killruddery House and Gardens, Hollybrook House
Cloghleagh Bridge

The Tiger's Tale
Starring: Brendan Gleeson and Kim Catrall
Locations: Brittas Bay, Wicklow Mountains

Northanger Abbey
ITV Drama
Locations: Glendalough, Luggala

PS, I Love You
Starring: Hillary Swank and Gerard Butler
Locations: Blessington, Sally Gap

How About You?
Starring: Brenda Fricker and Vanessa Redgrave
Locations: Mount Usher

George Gently's Last Case
BBC TV Series
Starring: Martin Shaw
Locations: Brittas Bay, Newcastle, Greystones

The Tudors I

Showtime Period Drama
Starring: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Natalie Dormer
Locations: Ardmore Studios, Luggalla, Brennanstown Riding School
Glendalough Lakes


Director: Charles Sturridge
Starring: Peter O'Toole and Samantha Morton.
Locations: Killruddery House in Bray and the Wicklow Mountains


Breakfast on Pluto

Director: Neil Jordan
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson, Stephen Rea, Brendan Gleeson and Gavin Friday
Locations: Wicklow Railway Station, Bray Head Hotel, Ardmore Studios

The League of Gentlemen: The Apocalypse

Director: Steve Bemdalack
Starring: Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith
Locations: Avoca Anglican Church, Wicklow Railway Station, Sally Gap, Powerscourt.


King Arthur
Directed: Antoine Fuqua
Starring: Ray Winstone, Clive Owen, Keira Knightly
Locations: Ballymore Eustace, Powerscourt, Luggala, Hollywood, Glenmalure, Turlough Hill

Laws of Attraction

Directed: Peter Howitt
Starring: Julianne Moore, Pierce Brosnan
Locations: Roundwood, Sally Gap, Humewood Castle


The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone
Directed: Robert Allan Ackermann
Starring: Anne Bancroft, Helen Mirren, Mell Brooks
Locations: Ardmore Studios

Veronica Guerin

Directed: Joel Schumacher
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Colin Farrell, Brenda Fricker, Ciaran Hinds.
Locations: Newtownmountkennedy, N11, Ashford

Ella Enchanted

Directed: Tommy O'Haver

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Patrick Bergin, Hugh Dancy and Minnie Driver
Locations: Ardmore Studios, Humewood, Powerscourt, Killruddery House


Reign Of Fire
Director: Rob Bowman
Starring: Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey
Locations: Wicklow Gap, Black Castle, Wicklow Town

The Abduction Club
Director: Stefan Schwartz
Starring: Daniel Lapaine, Liam Cunningham and Sophia Myles
Locations: Blessington, West Wicklow


The Count of Monte Cristo
Directed: Kevin Reynolds
Starring: Jim Caviezel, Guy Pierce and Richard Harris
Locations: Ardmore Studios, Silver Strand, Brittas Bay, Killruddery House, Blainroe Beach

How Harry Became a Tree

Directed: Goran Paskaljevic
Starring: Adrian Dunbar and Colm Meaney
Locations: Sally Gap to Blessington, Military Road to Laragh

Michael Collins

Director: Neil Jordan

Starring: Liam Neeson, Julia Roberts, Aidan Quinn and Stephen Rea
Locations: Rathdrum, Hollywood


Director: Mel Gibson
Starring: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau and Brendan Gleeson
Locations: Sally Gap, Kippure Estate, Turlough Hill

Into The West
Director: Mike Newell
Starring: Gabriel Byrne and Ellen Barkin
Locations: Brittas Bay, Wicklow Mountains


Far and Away
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise
Locations: Killruddery House, Bray


My Left Foot
Director: Neil Jordan
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker
Locations: Bray Head, Bray, Ardmore Studios


Director: John Boorman
Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Helen Mirren, Nigel Terry and Nicol Williamson
Locations: Childer's Woods, Roundwood, Lough Tay, Powerscourt Waterfall, Annemoe


Barry Lyndon

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Ryan O'Neill
Locations: Powerscourt House.