Boughton House to take starring role in Les Miserables film

Les Miserables
Les Miserables

Northamptonshire stalely home Boughton House is to take a starring role in the film adaptation of Les Misérables when it opens in cinemas next week.

The home near Kettering, which has been called the English Versailles due to its French architectural style, was used as the family home of Marius, played by Eddie Redmayne, and provides the setting for his wedding to Cosette, played by Amanda Seyfried.

The entire estate was taken over by the filming, following on from its appearance on X-Factor last year.

The film hits the big screen on Friday, January 11 and was shot at a range of locations across the country including Chatham Docks in Kent, Winchester College and Portsmouth Naval Base.

Charles Lister, Boughton House property manager, said: “Boughton House has a long history of supporting the arts and we were delighted to have played a small role in the making of this film. It’s been an exciting year at the estate, with The X Factor and Les Mis both filmed here, and we hope to welcome further opportunities in the future.”

Camilla Stephenson, supervising location manager on Les Misérables said: “People might be surprised to discover only a tiny portion of our film was actually filmed in France.

“There are some fantastic locations to be found in our stunning English regions that worked perfectly for our early 19th Century France.”

Creative England, a national agency which invests in film, TV, games and digital media, is now talking to Northamptonshire County Council about encouraging more film and television production companies to use the county.

The agency says production companies can spend up to £30,000 per day on all costs related to filming.