Game of Thrones fans are on the lookout for their favourite stars as filming beings in Cornwall.
The latest instalment of the hit HBO Max show, House of Dragons, is a prequel to the original series and two of its stars have been spotted in full costume at Newquay’s Holywell Bay.
Film crews and all their equipment have also been seen setting up at other locations, including St Michael’s Mount.
Warner Brothers lorries carrying lighting and rigging have been photographed as well as marquees and static caravans. And set designers have been creating new landmarks from an upturned hull to a stone arch.
Tourism bosses say it is another boost for the area. Malcolm Bell, chief executive of Visit Cornwall said: “People visit Holywell Bay to see where parts of Poldark was filmed but Game of Thrones is on a totally different scale. I think it could have a similar affect to what The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings had on tourism in New Zealand.”
Holywell Bay 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.”
Mark Godsell from Visit Newquay added: “We are delighted. “To be featured in such a popular television series will showcase Newquay and Cornwall to viewers from across the world as they try to track the locations of the shots.”
“This can only benefit Cornwall’s tourism industry and economy. We are looking forward to watching the show and spotting the Gull Rocks at Holywell Bay.”
HBO Max has confirmed the new series – which includes actors Emma D’Arcy, who will play Rhaenyra Targaryen, former Doctor Who Matt Smith, as Daemon Targaryen, and Rhys Ifans best known for Notting Hill – will air next year.
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.