Lights, camera, action! 
 
It’s the star of the show, none other than the beautiful Yorkshire Coast. No touch ups or special effects required for our neck of the woods when the film crews frame up for their next feature. 
 
The most recent visit from Hollywood captured ‘on celluloid’ is from Phantom Thread, which thrust the Whitby area into the global spotlight with the help of none other than Oscar winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis. The film received an Oscar gong for Best Costume Design, which, if you’ve seen the movie, is thoroughly well deserved. 
 
Phantom Thread has starring roles for Robin Hood’s Bay (pictured), Staithes, Ravenscar, Lythe and Grosmont Station, all within easy reach from us here at the Riviera. 
 
The film tells the tale of Reynolds Woodcock who is at the centre of British Fashion in 1950s London. He meets Alma, played by Vicky Krieps, who becomes his muse and lover, and we follow their exploits across the Yorkshire countryside. 
 
Directed by Paul Anderson, this is Day-Lewis’ final film before backing out of the limelight into retirement. 
 
Yet this film is one of many to have featured Yorkshire, as our county often makes the final cut in the movie industry. 
 
A recent remake of Dad’s Army made parts of Bridlington’s Old Town world famous! The 2016 film starred Catherine Zeta Jones, Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon and Toby Jones who were on set in the East Yorkshire resort. 
 
Dad’s Army also used the North Landing, Flamborough, famous for its towering white cliffs. 
If you want to be inspired by a classic novel and a dramatic location, Castle Howard is between Malton and York, a few miles off the A64. 
 
Evelyn Waugh’s novel Brideshead Revisited was filmed there in 2008 starring Matthew Goode, Ben Wishaw and Hayley Atwell. 
 
The film showcased this incredible stately home and its magnificent fountain, set against the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 
 
Ravenscar, Beck Hole, Runswick Bay and Whitby were also featured in Possession (2002) starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart, based on the 1990 novel by A S Byatt. The novel also won the Booker Prize the year it was published. 
 
Fans of Harry Potter will recognise York and parts of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in the famous film franchise. 
 
Rolling back over to the coast to Scarborough, Little Voice helped put the resort even more firmly on the film map when the likes of Michael Caine, Jane Horrocks, Ewan McGregor and Brenda Blethyn being spotted ‘on location’ in the seaside town in 1998. 
Yet surely we can’t mention ‘movies’ without referring to Whitby’s most famous and camera-ready character, Count Dracula. 
 
While the book was published in 1897, the 1977 TV film version entitled Count Dracula, starred French actor Louise Jourdan as the mysterious toothy host who resided in the depths of the Transylvanian Mountains. 
 
Dracula eventually arrives in Whitby aboard the ship Demeter and is seen in the form of a black dog bounding up the 199 steps toward the Abbey. 
 
Parts of this adaptation were filmed here in Whitby, and of course Bram Stoker stayed just round the corner from us at number 6, Royal Crescent. There is a blue plaque commemorating his visit to the town in 1890. 
 
And you can imagine our delight when Dacre Stoker, the great grand nephew of Bram, stayed with us here at the Riviera last year while he was making a documentary. 
 
No doubt Yorkshire and particularly the coast will have future starring roles on the big screen. Now where’s that popcorn ...? 
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