FSLY – Famous actor spotted filming Amazon Prime spy drama in Bristol
Bristol’s cultural backdrops and magnificent Suspension Bridge make it a hugely attractive location for series producers and directors from across the globe.
With American network Starz choosing to shoot its upcoming period drama Becoming Elizabeth at Bristol Cathedral, and Stephen Merchant deciding to base his new series The Offenders – starring Christopher Walken – on Sunny Bank, Bristol is fastly becoming the Hollywood of the South West.
And today – it appears – is no different, as the cast and crew of teenage spy drama Alex Rider, based on the book by Anthony Horowitz, were spotted in the city filming for the upcoming season two.
And the star of the show – Alex Rider himself – was pictured in Kingsdown today surrounded by crew members.
Mr Rider is played by Otto Farrant, also known for his roles in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011), War and Peace (2016) and Marcella (2016).
He was spotted near Clarence Place in Kingsdown wearing a school uniform.
The show, which airs on Amazon Prime, It follows the story of the eponymous espionage teenager, played by 25-year-old Otto Farrant, who has been trained as a spy since childhood.
Stephen Dillane and Vicky McClure, who plays Kate Fleming in Line of Duty, also feature in the series as members of The Department, an underworld offshoot of MI6.
The production is being headed up by Eleventh Hour Films, the London-based company which is also behind Safe House, New Blood, Collision and Foyle’s War, and supported by Bristol Film Office.
Deadline reported that Eleventh Hour had hoped to begin production earlier but were set back by the coronavirus pandemic.
The report states that filming will take place in Bristol for 22 weeks, so we likely won’t see further episodes till much nearer the end of 2021 at the earliest.
The entertainment website added that the first series of Alex Rider was written by Guy Burt, with Horowitz and Eleventh Hour CEO Jill Green acting as executive producers alongside Eve Gutierrez and Andreas Prochaska.
Prochaska also co-directed the show with Christopher Smith.
Season two of Alex Rider is set to premiere on Amazon Prime, however the release date is not yet known.
FSLY - Famous actor spotted filming Amazon Prime spy drama in Bristol