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Paul Bettany filming in Bradford-on-Avon

Paul Bettany filming in Bradford-on-Avon

Hollywood returns to Wiltshire

A new movie about Charles Darwin - starring husband and wife acting duo Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly - is currently filming in Bradford-on-Avon. Watch a video report.

Over the years, Wiltshire has been used as the backdrop for a number of big budget movies, lavish TV dramas and star studded comedies.

From Chocolat to Pride and Prejudice and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves to Harry Potter - the rolling countryside, ancient villages, quaint towns and stately homes of Wiltshire have been seen up on the silver screen.

Now, a new film about famed evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin is currently being filmed on the streets of Bradford-on-Avon.

Creation director Jon Amiel

Creation director Jon Amiel

The movie entitled Creation, is an adaptation of the best-selling biography of the great man - 'Annie's Box: Charles Darwin, His Daughter and Human Evolution' by Randal Keynes.

Hollywood director Jon Amiel - whose previous films include Entrapment, Copycat and The Core is at the helm, and real-life movie star couple Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly are playing Charles Darwin and his wife Emma.

The historic town of Bradford-on-Avon is doubling as 19th Century Malvern in Worcestershire where Darwin was once treated for an unknown illness.

And although the picture postcard town has retained the majority of its olde worlde trappings, roads were closed and yellow lines covered up to allow for filming.

BBC Points West's Fiona Lamdin visited the location on Monday 24th November to watch filming progress, find out what it takes to turn the clock back 150 years and interview director Jon Amiel. Click below to watch her report.

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