Beach lands starring role in Game of Thrones prequel
Construction work at Holywell Bay.
28th April 2021
By Warren Wilkins
Fans of the hit fantasy drama series Game of Thrones have been flocking to Holywell Bay following speculation the eagerly anticipated prequel is being filmed in the village.
Set designers reportedly working on the series, called House of Dragons, have created an upturned shipwreck hull on the beach, whilst medieval sets are being built at Penhale Camp.
Large tents have been put up for the production by Warner Brothers, and lorries have unloaded lighting and rigging.
Local people, many of whom say they have been sworn to secrecy, say the cast arrived at the weekend ahead of two weeks of filming.
The star-studded cast includes Emma D’Arcy, who will play Rhaenyra Targaryen, and former Doctor Who Matt Smith, as Daemon Targaryen. Steve Toussaint, who appeared in Judge Dredd and Mutant Chronicles, and Rhys Ifans, best known for Notting Hill, are also in the cast.
Based on George RR Martin’s book Fire and Blood, the series will tell the story of House Targaryen and takes place 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones.
Resident Chris Cox said: “People are excited about it. There is a real buzz going around.
“We have had quite a lot of filming at Holywell Bay over the years including Poldark and the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies in 2003.”
Production crews have also been building sets on St Michael’s Mount, including a stone archway.
A symbol can be seen at the top of it that appears to look like a seahorse.
Several Game of Thrones fans noted that the symbol appears to resemble the sigil for House of Velaryon, a noble house that is due to appear in the story.
Other clues that pointed towards House of Dragons being filmed in Cornwall included a recent industry casting call, which asked for: “Men and women of all ethnicities, ages and looks to film in Cornwall on a medieval drama.
“Ideally, we are looking for men with longer hair and beards and women with long natural hair, so no obvious dye or highlights.”
Malcolm Bell, of Visit Cornwall, said: “I recently spoke with Visit Britain co-ordinators about the interest in visiting the UK and we spoke about the boost the filming of House of Dragons in Cornwall will have on the county.
“House of Dragons is being filmed at various locations around Cornwall for quite a few weeks.
“I don’t think it will be like when World War Z was filmed in Falmouth – when what was shown it could have been anywhere in the world. I think this time viewers will be able to see it could only be Cornwall and Holywell Bay, which will attract visitors.”
“People from the UK and overseas will want to go on tours of the locations where the series is filmed.”
The series is set to be screened in 2022.