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The rugged coastline, gorgeous beaches and wild moors of Cornwall make it the perfect landscape for films and TV. Over the years, Cornwall has been seen on screen in many dramatic scenes, several of which can be found not far from our boutique hotel in Cornwall.Charlestown in Cornwall used as a filming location

Read on to see what films and TV shows have used Cornwall's stunning scenery, from the well-known like Poldark to the more surprising Die Another Day!


The old and new TV shows of Poldark portray the very best of Cornwall. In many ways, the county is used as another character in the show, as the rugged landscape is perfect for the romantic drama. Filming locations include Charlestown, which will feature a few more times on this list, Bodmin Moor, Botallack and Levant Mines, Holywell Bay, Kynance Cove, Porthhwarra and Bodmin Jail.

Doc Martin

The comedy starring Martin Clunes as a grumpy village doctor has been popular for many years and also helped gain interest in Port Isaac. There are shops and pubs around the village that you might recognise from the show, and further afield there is St Nonna's Church in Altarnun and Doydens Castle at Port Quin.


The naval drama Hornblower aired from 1998 to 2003 with a series of TV movies and producers needed to find a near-identical 18th century harbour for the show. The best solution, of course, is Charlestown. The harbour town is a fine example of a Georgian port, and there are also properties dating to the same period around the town, giving it a feeling of being lost in time. The harbour was seen on screen for Doctor Who.

And Then There Were None

The TV adaptation of one of Agatha Christie's murder mystery novels used the Lizard Peninsula, and Kynance Cove as the double for the mysterious island where are the characters are drawn to. Acting greats such as Sam Neill and Charles Dance, alongside Poldark star Aidan Turner, were seen filming around the Lizard Peninsula.

About Time

Moving onto films, and the romantic drama About Time from Richard Curtis starring Bill Nighy. Nighy's character lives in Cornwall, in a lovely home on the coast. The cottage used for the family home was Porthpean House overlooking St Austell Bay. Filming also took place around Portloe and the Roseland Peninsula.

Die Another Day

Did you know 007 aka James Bond came to Cornwall? Though in the film Die Another Day, the Cornish beach Holywell Bay was playing the role of a North Korean beach! Later in the Pierce Brosnan film, we see him at the Eden Project's tropical biome!

World War Z

Cornwall has seen all sorts of actors and filmmakers visit, but you can't quite beat the Hollywood royalty of Brad Pitt. His zombie action film World War Z had scenes shot at Falmouth docks, using the familiar Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Argus. The ship was used in the film and was renamed for the film as USS Argus.

My Cousin Rachel

Novelist Daphne du Maurier has many links to Cornwall, particularly Fowey, and several adaptations of her work have been filmed in Cornwall, as they were inspired by the landscape around where she lived. Most recently was My Cousin Rachel, starring Rachel Weisz, which was filmed in various places around Cornwall and South Devon. Find out more about the film here.

Have you been to any of these locations to follow the footsteps of Poldark and your favourite actors? Let us know via our social media channels!

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