Film production has always been popular in Reading. The town and its surroundings have been the backdrop for many films and TV shows over the years. The town recently won fifth place in the best filming locations in the UK. The UK has a global reputation for the best reputation in film production and talent and has been one of the fastest-growing industries for the past five years. With the opening and planning of new multi-million-pound studios like Shinfield and Winnersh, Reading continues to climb the list of best places to film. PREMIER SUITES Serviced Apartments in Reading provides a convenient, comfortable place for cast and crew for long- and short-term shoots.
Shinfield Studios is a state-of-the-art film and TV studio complex and a world-leading media hub in the heart of Berkshire. The Four stages, workshops and offices of Shinfield Studios opened at the end of November 2021 after much anticipation and hard work. Planning permission has been granted for a further 14 purpose-built sound stages (18 in total), more workshops, a post production complex and an increase in contemporary office space. The company said it expects the hub to generate around £600m a year for the UK economy and countless job opportunities for the local community. The studio is located in Thames Valley Science Park, less than a 15-minute drive from our accommodation in Reading.
Winnersh Film Studios is Stage Fifty’s second studio site in the UK. The new filming facility is just off junction 10 of the M4, a 10-minute commute from PREMIER SUITES Serviced Apartments in Reading. After much anticipation, two of their sound stages, workshop and office spaces are now operational. The remaining stages including a 30,000 sq ft stage to house the world’s largest VP volume, will welcome productions later this year. A new feature film directed by George Clooney will be the first production to use Winnersh Film Studios in Berkshire. The star was quoted that he hoped to shoot the rowing scenes for Boys In The Boat “at the bottom of my garden” from his home in Sonning, Berkshire.
Film & TV Shot in Reading
The town has a long and very successful history of film and TV production. We welcome cast, crew and A-list celebs to filming locations across our beautiful town all the time, playing everything for cartoon dogs to her Royal Highness. The top three rated movies filmed in Reading include Match Point, Bugsy Malone and the formidable blockbuster The Kings Speech. Hugely successful TV show The Crown has been and is currently shooting in Reading as well as recently released Disney favourite, Cruella. Downton Abbey, the popular story of the upper classes and those who work for them was filmed at the picturesque Highclere Castle on the outskirts of Newbury. Harry Potter’s Childhood home Privet Drive was filmed on a street of the same name in Bracknell and the franchise returned to film part of the Deathly Hallows in Swinley Forest. Look around and you’re sure to recognise somewhere in Reading from the big screen.
Accommodation for Film Crew in Reading
Our serviced apartments in Reading have a long history of accommodating production companies. Our spacious apartments have everything you and your crew needs to perform their best on the big or small screen – with large comfy beds, a fully equipped kitchen and plenty of space to relax. Moreover, our rooms are self-contained and located in a prime location. We offer the space to store equipment and leave it over the weekend if you’re returning home, a grocery delivery service for those late-night shoots and our convenient location is ideal to commute across the town or to the studio. We offer long-stay and corporate discounts to film production companies, simply get in touch with our sales team to learn more.
Don’t find yourself stuck in a cramped hotel room while filming in Reading. Contact us today to check availability for cast and crew and to enjoy our lowest available rates. We look forward to welcoming film& TV crew to Reading for many years.