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

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