House of the Dragon – the best behind the scenes pictures from when it was filmed in Cornwall

It was arguably the most high-profile filming which has happened in the county in recent years

The long-anticipated prequel to Game of Thrones, entitled House of the Dragon, is finally releasing from next week. Starting August 22, fans of the gruesome fantasy franchise will get their first dose of Westerosi action since the original series ended in controversial fashion in 2019.

Filming for the series, set hundreds of years before Game of Thrones, started in April last year. Matt Smith (who plays Daemon Targaryen in House of the Dragon) and Emma D’Arcey (Rhaenyra Targaryen) were both spotted at Holywell Bay Beach in May 2021.

The two, some of the most important characters in the show, were the first glimpse anybody got of the show – and it was at a Cornish beach. Matt Smith was then seen multiple other times, including once at Kynance Cove playing with a dog while in full costume.

Meanwhile, other bizarre medieval sets cropped up across the year from St Michael’s Mount to secluded beaches in north Cornwall. As the show releases next week, let’s take a look back on some of the most impressive behind the scenes pictures and where this huge HBO show was filmed in the county.

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