Cornwall on the big (and small) screen

Cornwall’s rugged coastline, rolling green hills and dramatic weather make for an incredible filming location. Here’s just a small selection of some of the high profile TV and film shoots that have taken place in the county…


Perhaps the most significant Cornwall-based TV show in recent years is BBC’s Poldark. Based on the first two Poldark novels by Winston Graham, the hugely popular programme utilises a wide variety of what Cornwall has to offer, with filming taking place in Church Cove, Charlestown, Levant, Padstow, Bodmin Moor and St Agnes Head to name just a few. You can see an overview of the locations used in Visit Cornwall’s video here.


Padstow (image from Visit Cornwall)

Doc Martin

ITV’s Doc Martin was also filmed in our fair county. Set in the fictional town of Portwenn, the location used was in fact the beautiful Port Isaac, nestled on the North coast, not far from Polzeath.

Port Isaac

Port Isaac (image from Visit Cornwall)

Die Another Day

We’re moving to the big screen now. With Pierce Brosnan staring as James Bond, the 2002 film used Cornwall as the backdrop for a number of scenes. Holywell Bay was disguised as a Korean beach in the opening scene and the biodomes of the Eden Project were used as part of an Icelandic ice palace.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

The fourth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series featured a number of scenes filmed in the coastal town of St Ives, on Cornwall’s North coast.

St Ives

St Ives (image from Visit Cornwall)

Alice in Wonderland

Tim Burton’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland had an all star cast, including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Stephen Fry. The garden party scenes were filmed at Antony House near Torpoint and Charlestown on the South coast was used for the harbour scenes.


Charlestown (image from Visit Cornwall)

Blue Juice

A cult classic starring a young Catherine Zeta Jones, Blue Juice was filmed in a number of locations across the county, including Newquay, St Ives, Godrevy and the train station scene was filmed at St Erth, just outside of Hayle.

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