Bolton’s star quality
Bolton School, which produced the likes of Sir Ian Mckellen, Mark Radcliffe, Carol Klein and Ralf Little, is becoming a star in its own right.
The independent day school is becoming an increasingly popular choice of location for use in film and television shoots. Its impressive CV includes being used as the venue in a recent Scottish Widows advertisement, as the school where Sarah Lancashire is headmistress in the Last Tango in Halifax series and as the school of choice for James Nesbitt’s son in Cold Feet, a series co-produced by former pupil Deanne Cunningham.
In recent years, it has also featured in Bancroft, Our Girl starring Michelle Keegan, in CBBC’S Creeped Out, in a Gambleaware advertisement and in the film Mark of Cain. Previously, it was used in Hetty Wainthropp Investigates.
Adele Hughes, who coordinates the hiring out of school premises, said: ‘We do seem to be on a good streak at the moment. The word about Bolton School being a great location for filming seems to have filtered out to various film companies and their location managers. This week we have just filmed some scenes for three Netflix productions, one of which will be a major international film.
‘We are lucky to have such spectacular buildings and visitors often say how it feels like they are on the set of Hogwarts. In fact, thinking about it, the school was even transformed into Hogwarts for an episode of Don’t Tell the Bride! All the money that we make – along with revenues from hiring out our premises and services for weddings – is ploughed back into the school’s bursary fund which enables many pupils to study for free here.’
Cold Feet stars James Nesbitt and Hermione Norris outside Bolton School’s Riley Centre