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Victoria - Filming at Harewood House


Harewood House was recently used as a major set for ITV’s Victoria series. The crew filmed across Yorkshire for several months during winter 2015/16. Harewood was fortunate enough to be one of their key locations.

The ambitious programme includes 8 episodes airing from 28th August, is ITV’s flagship drama for the start of the autumn season.

Who stars in the programme?

  • Queen Victoria – Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who, Death Comes to Pemberley)
  • Prince Albert – Tom Hughes (The Game, Dancing on the Edge, Silk)
  • Lord Melbourne – Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle, Parade’s End, The Pillars of Earth)



Where did they film at Harewood?

The crew used much of the State Floor, Below Stairs and part of the Estate. Some areas will be more recognisable than others. There was some amazing set dressing transforming Harewood into completely different locations! Areas of Harewood used include:

  • State Floor: Gallery, Cinnamon Drawing Room, Yellow Drawing Room, Main Library, State Bedroom, Lord Harewood’s Sitting Room, Watercolour Rooms
  • Below Stairs: Old Kitchen, Pastry Room, Steward Room, the Undercroft
  • Gardens and the wider Estate: Terrace, front of the House, New Bridge, tracks, woodland



Queen Victoria – historical links to Harewood:

Here are a couple of facts and figures about Queen Victoria and her links to Harewood:

  • Did you know that Queen Victoria was Princess Mary’s Great Grandmother and Great Great Grandmother to 7th Earl of Harewood?
  • On 12th September 1835, a young princess Victoria came to stay at Harewood. She recalls in her diary, “Harewood is in Yorkshire. The park seems very fine; the view from the window is very pretty. We dined in the beautiful gallery with a party of nearly 300 in number.”
  • When Princess Victoria visited it is thought that she slept in the State Bedroom.
  • Harewood’s collection includes several items owned by Queen Victoria. Interesting pieces include a wonderful English School miniature of Queen Victoria replicating a Franz Xaver Winterhalter portrait, a writing set she owned, and a watercolour she herself painted.
  • Lady Charlotte Canning was Queen Victoria’s Lady-in-Waiting. Charlotte became linked to the Lascelles family through marriage. She was a prolific watercolourist and Harewood is home to a vast number of her works which detail life in Britain and in India during the age of Empire.
  • Did you know that the rocking chair in Lord Harewood’s Sitting Room was purchased at the Great Exhibition?



Victorian Harewood 2017

24th March – 29th October 2017

To celebrate the success of the programme, the opulent rooms on Harewood’s State Floor will come to life with costumes from the programme. Outfits worn by Jenna Coleman who plays Queen Victoria will be displayed throughout the 2017 season.

Alongside the costumes, you will be able to explore this fascinating age through the eyes of three influential women. Lady Louisa, 3rd Countess of Harewood, Lady Charlotte Canning and Queen Victoria herself. See personal objects owned by Queen Victoria and her Lady in Waiting, Charlotte, and learn about how Lady Louisa altered the very fabric of Harewood House in a grand redevelopment.


Victoria - a costume exhibition

English School miniature of Queen Victoria replicating a Franz Xaver Winterhalter portrait

Queen Victoria’s writing set

A bracelet given to Lady Charlotte Canning by Queen Victoria

Lady Louisa, Countess of Harewood, George Richmond portrait


IMAGE: Jenna Coleman playing Queen Victoria, Cinnamon Drawing Room, Harewood House


Jenna Coleman playing Queen Victoria, Cinnamon Drawing Room, Harewood House