A historic country house near Salisbury has starred in several Hollywood films and Netflix TV series. 

Wilton House has been the country seat of the Earls of Pembroke for over 400 years.

The house and gardens have been open to the public since 1951, the estate is often described as England’s most beautiful country house.

It first appeared on the big screen in 1971 in the film The Music Lover, then on our television screens 12 years later in an episode of Blackadder. 

Over the decades, the home has appeared in several programmes and films - here are some of the highlights. 

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Salisbury Journal: Wilton HouseWilton House (Image: Spencer Mulholland)

1) Netflix series Bridgerton (2020, 2022)

Netflix’s most viewed series ever, the period drama ‘Bridgerton’ based on The Duke and I novel by author Julia Quinn, filmed multiple scenes in Wilton House.

One of the most iconic scenes, which takes place in the Royal Palace AKA Wilton House, sees the whole town gather to watch the new high society ladies make their debut to Queen Charlotte.

Stars that have gained massive fan followings from this show are the Regé-Jean Page who plays Duke of Hastings, Simon Basset, and Snatch actress Phoebe Dynevor, who plays Daphne Bridgerton.

2) Emma (2019)

The comedy period-drama Emma, based on the Jane Austen novel, was remade last year starring Netflix series’ ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ star Anya Taylor-Joy.

Wilton house was used for Donwell Abbey, love interest Mr Knightley’s (Johnny Flynn) home.

3) Netflix series The Crown (2016-2022)

Salisbury has featured in multiple seasons of Netflix’s hit series The Crown, starring famous actors Jared Harris, Olivia Colman, Matt Smith, Claire Foy, Gillian Anderson and Helena Bonham Carter. 

Wilton House served as the predominant filming location for interior shots of Buckingham Palace and appears in most seasons of the programme.

4) Johnny English Reborn (2011)

The sequel to the comedic spy action film Jonny English, Johnny English Reborn, starring Rowan Atkinson and Gone Girl’s Rosamund Pike, shot one of its iconic ending scenes in Wilton House.

In typical Johnny English fashion, when pursuing his assassin - an elderly Chinese woman disguised as the queen - he mistakes her for the real queen who he puts in a headlock and beats with a silver platter.

5) Tomb Raider (2018)

Based on the popular video game, the reincarnation of Tomb Raider staring Alicia Vikander as heroine Lara Croft, who replaces Angelina Jolie, films its Croft Manor Scenes at Wilton House.

The Wire’s Dominic West stars as her father Lord Richard Croft, Walton Goggins from the Hateful Eight starring as antagonist Mathias Vogel.

6) Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Salisbury is also featured in Hollywood’s rendition of Pride and Prejudice, another Jane Austen classic, with Love Actually and Pirates of the Caribbean actress Keira Knightly starring as heroine Elizabeth Bennett.

Wilton House plays the pivotal role of Pemberley, Mr Darcy’s (Matthew Macfadyen) handsome estate in Derby which finally tips Elizabeth Bennett’s affections in his favour.

7) Sense and Sensibility (1995)

The period drama Sense and Sensibility also filmed at the country house. 

The 1995 film starred Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, the late Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson.

The film follows sisters Marianne and Elinor Dashwood who move to a cottage in the Southwest after their father dies and their finances are crippled, both striving to find love and meeting heartbreak along the way.

Wilton house features for the ‘London Ball’ where Elinor and John Willoughby (Greg Wise) have an awkward encounter.

8) Outlander (2016)

Based on the novels by Diana Gabaldon, the series follows Claire (Caitriona Balfe), a former Second World War military nurse in Scotland who finds herself transported back in time to 1743.

The series first aired in 2014, and the second part of the seventh series is expected to be available in 2024. 

Wilton House featured in the second series of the programme and was used  the Palace of Versailles.