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Hollywood stars filming Macbeth at Bamburgh Castle

Oscar-nominated Michael Fassbender and actress Marion Cotillard are filming new film Macbeth at Bamburgh Castle

Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender

Oscar-nominated film star Michael Fassbender is in Bamburgh as filming gets underway for the big screen adaptation of Shakespearean tragedy Macbeth.

Taking the title role, Fassbender, recently watched by millions in the widely acclaimed 12 Years A Slave, has been taking in the sights of Northumberland’s impressive coastline.

Joining the movie’s cast, alongside French actress Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth, is Bamburgh Castle providing the backdrop to scenes as Macbeth’s home.

Welcoming the superstars, fellow actors and a crew of almost 200, Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland has been turned into it’s very own shanty town as trailers and marquees have gone up in preparation for this week’s two-day filming.

The grounds of the historic venue will feature in the film adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy which also stars Paddy Considine and David Thewlis.

Chris Calvert, director at Bamburgh Castle, said: “Mr Fassbender has been around. It is incredibly exciting and a real buzz to have these large productions filming here.


“They were here setting up last week and when I came to work the car park had been turned into its own shanty town with trailers and marquees.

“Something like this has a knock-on effect on the whole village. It has a crew of almost 200. They have hired the pavilion and when not filming are using the facilities Bamburgh has. Something like this has a huge impact on the whole area.

“It is phenomenal to have something like at the castle. They have been filming outside with the castle as the backdrop before moving to film inside the grounds. The castle will be on big screens across the world and that is great for us and the region.” Big screen star Fassbender is just days away from finding out if he’s been selected as winner of the Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the Oscars for 12 Years A Slave, going up against Bradley Cooper in American hustle, Jonah Hill in The Wolf of Wall Street and Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club.

It’s not the first time the cameras have been rolling at Bamburgh Castle which over the past four years has become popular with location scouts for television and film projects.

Tales from Northumberland with Robson Green dedicated an episode to the castle which just last week featured in Sir Tony Robinson’s Walking Through History.

This year the castle has also been used in a pilot for a show introducing children to the works of Shakespeare and later in the year will be showcased once again to millions in the BBC drama series Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.


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