National Trust's Ham House plays starring role in Young Victoria film

By Culture24 Staff | 12 February 2009
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National Trust property Ham House is playing a starring role in the new film Young Victoria released in cinemas from March 2009.

Located on the River Thames in Richmond Surrey, the historic property acts as the backdrop for a number of scenes for the film, which charts the early years of Queen Victoria’s life.

As well as focusing on the turbulent early years of Queen Victoria’s legendary romance with Prince Albert the film boasts a cast including Emily Blunt as Victoria, Jim Broadbent as King William and Miranda Richardson as the Duchess of Kent. Producers include Martin Scorsese and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York.

Jorge Ferreira, Visitor Services Manager at Ham House, described what it was like to be involved in the filming.

“The cast and crew were with us for just under a month in 2007, and returned for a few days last year. They seemed to enjoy their time at Ham and were everywhere - from the gardens to the Great Hall. These two areas as well as the Long Gallery and Great Stairs were used at scenes in the movie,” he said.

photograph of an actress dressed as Queen Victoria

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The sumptuous interiors of Ham House were barely touched by the film crew for filming and the film is set to be the period blockbuster of the spring.

Jorge said: “The rooms and spaces within the House were barely touched, which is testimony to the grandeur of Ham House. Props aided some scenes, but the majority was shot in situ.”

Although visitors were treated to snippets of the film during production most of the action was hidden in anticipation of its release on March 6.

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