Wembley Park has become one of London’s hottest new filming locations with EastEnders, Ted Lasso, The Apprentice and Netflix sensation, Don’t Look Up all featuring scenes shot in Wembley Park.
Lights, camera, action! It’s time to roll out the red carpet as we gear up for the glitz and glamour of the BAFTAs and Oscars once more. As the world’s coolest city (according to Rough Guides’ readers), London plays a key role not just in hosting the BAFTAs but also as the backdrop for many popular films and TV series. And the city’s new hotbed for filming is Wembley Park.
London’s most exciting new neighbourhood, Wembley Park has recently welcomed crews from a range of popular productions, including the UK’s most watched soap, EastEnders, Apple TV+ smash hit Ted Lasso, which scooped an impressive seven Emmy® Awards, and Don’t Look Up, which has been nominated for four Oscars, received four Golden Globe nominations and set a new record for the most viewing hours in a single week on Netflix.
Bridgerton, the Shondaland hit series on Netflix, has also just revealed its own Wembley Park connection, with Secret Cinema producing a spectacular show inviting visitors to Lady Whistledown’s Society Ball. The immersive experience plunges attendees into the midst of 1813’s highest society, at a secret location named only as ‘a stunning indoor ballroom in Wembley.’
The string of recent film and TV productions in and around Wembley Park has also included Little Mix The Search, Peter Crouch’s Crouchy’s Year-Late Euros, The Grinch Musical and Fulwell 73’s Stand Up To Cancer. An episode of The Apprentice was filmed in 2016 at Wembley Park and there are currently three major streaming services in production on the 85-acre site.
“Wembley Park has such a rich legacy when it comes to the performing arts. The area is a one-stop-shop for filming, with controllable roads and a range of offices, warehouse and retail outlets making it the perfect film location. Wembley Park is unquestionably London’s hottest destination when it comes to both movies and television right now – there’s such a buzz about the area, with so many new filming enquiries pouring in, on top of those productions already underway here.”
Wembley Park is certainly no stranger to being used as a filming location, with major motion pictures including RocknRolla and Get Him to the Greek featuring the area’s iconic entertainment venues. Indeed, the wider London Borough of Brent has also been used in a wide range of films and TV shows over the years.
Remember that scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron where the Hulk has an epic battle with Tony Stark? All filmed inside Brent Civic Centre which is also credited with the Stephen Hawking biopic, The Theory of Everything. Historical drama The Crown features a range of scenes shot around Brent, while even Friends couldn’t resist Brent’s charms – both The One with Ross’ Wedding and The One After Ross Says Rachel were filmed in the old Fountain Studios at Wembley Park.
Over the years, Brent has also produced an impressive array of acting talent, including Wembley born and bred Riz Ahmed, Brent-based Laura Aikman and former long-term Queen’s Park resident Cillian Murphy. Oh, and did we mention that both Daniel Craig and Sienna Miller have chosen to make Brent their home over the years?