Pinewood Studios come to Wales
Many, many films, including the James Bond franchise and, for those who can remember, the Carry On series, have been created at Pinewood and Shepperton studios over the last 75 years. Now the famous film company is to set up a new studio in Cardiff, which will be part of the company's global network.
The arrival of this iconic global brand is great news for Wales and Welsh actors have come out strongly in support. Hollywood star Michael Sheen, who’s originally from Port Talbot near Swansea, applauded the deal as building on the huge success of a blooming Welsh entertainment industry. While Brothers and Sisters star, Matthew Rhys from Cardiff, said it was a great opportunity for Welsh talent, a sentiment echoed by award-winning production designer Ed Thomas, whose credits include Doctor Who and Da Vinci's Demons. Wales has already established a name for itself in television and drama with productions such as Doctor Who, Torchwood, Casualty, the Welsh-language soap Pobol y Cwm and children's drama Wizards vs Aliens. Pinewood will contribute greatly to the promotion of Wales’s contribution to film and television and put Wales firmly on the map.
Why not pay a visit to our nation’s capital and take in some of the sights and sounds yourself? Four people can take a three-night short break at the two-bedroomed cottage 3 Cardiff Road for just £186 this month (£286 for a full week). While weekly stays at the charming Barn at the Grove near Cowbridge in the Vale of Glamorgan cost from £335-£427.