‘Bridgerton’: Where Was the Show Filmed?
It’s no secret that people have become obsessed with Netflix’s newest period drama Bridgerton. The costumes, the romance, the storylines, all of the aspects of the show came together to make it Netflix’s fifth most popular original show ever. Bridgerton was able to successfully transport viewers back in time through its elaborate costumes, attention to detail, and regal locations. So, where was the show shot?
‘Bridgerton’ season 1
Bridgerton is set during the regency era of Britain. At the beginning of the season, viewers are introduced to the Bridgerton family, namely Daphne Bridgerton, as she makes her debut on the dating scene. After Daphne is named the Diamond of the Season, men basically beat down her door to ask for her hand in marriage. Unfortunately for Daphne, her older brother Anthony scares all of her suitors away. In an effort to make herself more desirable to men in the Ton, Daphne pretends to be courting The Duke of Hastings, Simon Basset. Throughout the course of the season, Simon and Daphne’s plan goes awry in a number of ways.
Where was ‘Bridgerton’ shot?
From the opening scenes of Bridgerton, viewers are transported back in time. The locations that director Julie Anne Robinson chose played a huge part in bringing Bridgerton to life.
When they began production in spring of 2019, it was reportedly a struggle to secure all of the locations for the show. When Robinson arrived in England, they scouted Castle Howard, which ended up being where the Duke’s bedroom scenes were shot.
Luckily, Robinson had extensive knowledge of potential locations.
“For example, the Bridgerton house, I used to walk past that every day, I used to live right there,” Robinson told Deadline.
“Originally, that was the Featherington house; Betsy and Chris decided to switch that to be the Bridgerton house. I’m really glad they did.
“The Featherington house, Will and I loved it because it was a very, very classic Regency house but in retrospect, it did look rather cold, and that was the vibe we were going with the Featheringtons. And then the way Betsy put it with the Featherington house that became the Bridgerton house, the one I walked by every day, it is kind of reaching out, its arms reach out to embrace you. It’s much more of a homely home.”
The two houses are actually in different cities, Greenwich, London and Bath. Because of this, Grosvenor Square, which we see in the show, had to be created during post-production.
“The production difficulties of that were so huge because we had to shoot across people, we had to somehow join these houses, we had to shoot at the right time of day so the sun matched. It was incredibly logistically tricky,” Robinson said.
Though using older homes was necessary to tell the story, they did present a few issues when shooting the intimate scenes.
“When you go into a country house, there is far less flexibility than you can ever imagine, you can’t move the bed, you can’t move the painting, you can’t move the wardrobe, and you have to be quite delicate with the furniture,” Robinson said. “So in the Duke’s bedroom, which was in Castle Howard, (Phoebe Dynevor and Regé-Jean Page) spent a lot of time in that bed, and there were room monitors in the room when we were doing the sex scenes, and they wouldn’t leave.”
“We would be shooting a sex scene and they would say, can you go easy on the bed, go easy on the bedpost,” Robinson said.