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Game of Thrones stars hail 'immensely beautiful' Northern Ireland as top filming location

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HBO's Game of Thrones brings in an estimated £20m per series

HBO's Game of Thrones brings in an estimated £20m per series

Game of Thrones is filmed at the Paint Hall Titanic Studios in Belfast

Game of Thrones is filmed at the Paint Hall Titanic Studios in Belfast

Ian McElhinney

Ian McElhinney

Maisie Williams as Arya

Maisie Williams as Arya

Series five of Game of Thrones will have its premiere at the Tower of London

Series five of Game of Thrones will have its premiere at the Tower of London

The Queen and the Iron Throne

The Queen and the Iron Throne

The Queen during a visit to the set of hit TV show Game of Thrones, during her visit to Northern Ireland

The Queen during a visit to the set of hit TV show Game of Thrones, during her visit to Northern Ireland

Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) talks to the media after meeting the Queen at the HBO set in Northern Ireland. Pic Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) talks to the media after meeting the Queen at the HBO set in Northern Ireland. Pic Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

24/6/2014 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Her Majesty The Queen alongside his Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh visits the Game of Thrones television set in Belfast's Titanic quarter this morning and met with cast members Lena Heady (Queen Cersei Lannister) Conleith Hill (Lord Varys), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and executives from the hit HBO show. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

24/6/2014 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Her Majesty The Queen alongside his Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh visits the Game of Thrones television set in Belfast's Titanic quarter this morning and met with cast members Lena Heady (Queen Cersei Lannister) Conleith Hill (Lord Varys), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and executives from the hit HBO show. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

24/6/2014 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Game of Thrones cast members, Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark)  from the hit HBO show nervously await the arrival of Her Majesty The Queen. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

24/6/2014 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Game of Thrones cast members, Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) from the hit HBO show nervously await the arrival of Her Majesty The Queen. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

24/6/2014 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Some of the costumes and weapons on display in the prop room as Her Majesty The Queen alongside his Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh visited the Game of Thrones television set in Belfast's Titanic quarter this morning and met with cast members Lena Heady (Queen Cersei Lannister) Conleith Hill (Lord Varys), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and executives from the hit HBO show. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

24/6/2014 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Some of the costumes and weapons on display in the prop room as Her Majesty The Queen alongside his Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh visited the Game of Thrones television set in Belfast's Titanic quarter this morning and met with cast members Lena Heady (Queen Cersei Lannister) Conleith Hill (Lord Varys), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and executives from the hit HBO show. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

HBO's Game of Thrones brings in an estimated £20m per series

The stars of Game of Thrones have hailed "immensely beautiful" Northern Ireland as a top filming location.

Scenes from the show have been filmed around beauty spots on the coast as well as in the Paint Hall studios in Belfast.

Alfie Allen, who plays Theon Greyjoy in the TV phenomenon, said: "I love the accent. I just love the coast line you know. We filmed a lot on the coast line. If Northern Ireland had better weather, it would be like New Zealand.

"It's an immensely beautiful country."

When they shot some scenes in Iceland, he said he thought it "kind of looks like Ireland".

The actor said "long may it continue" that the show films scenes in Northern Ireland.

Irishman Liam Cunningham, who plays Ser Davos Seaworth, said it is "a joy" to be involved in the show and said the fact Northern Ireland plays a key role is a "win win for everybody".

He added: "There's a huge dividend. There's huge amounts of people being employed up there on the back of this and all the other shows and there's no reason why it shouldn't continue and long may it continue."

Ian Beattie, from Belfast, who plays Ser Meryn Trant, said he is planning on doing the Game Of Thrones tour in Northern Ireland which is popular with tourists.

He said he is "very, very proud" that the show is filmed in his home country and said HBO did Northern Ireland "a huge favour".

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Liam Cunningham - Game of Thrones

Liam Cunningham - Game of Thrones

This beautiful avenue of beech trees in Stranocum, Co Antrim was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century. For fans of the HBO's epic series Game of Thrones, it has become a cultural Mecca as it representing the King's Road in the popular series.
It was intended as a compelling landscape feature to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House. 
Two centuries later, the trees remain a magnificent sight and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland.

This beautiful avenue of beech trees in Stranocum, Co Antrim was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century. For fans of the HBO's epic series Game of Thrones, it has become a cultural Mecca as it representing the King's Road in the popular series. It was intended as a compelling landscape feature to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House. Two centuries later, the trees remain a magnificent sight and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07 th June 2013
First Minister Rt. Hon Peter D. Robinson MLA has officially launched the HBO Game of Thrones Exhibition which opens to the public at Titanic Belfast tomorrow. Pictured with the First Minister is Howard Hastings,Chairman NI Tourist Board,actress Maisie Williams and actor Liam Cunningham who attended a tourism event this evening at Crumlin Road Gaol, organised by NITB in partnership with NI Screen. 


 
Picture by Brian Thompson/ Press Eye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07 th June 2013 First Minister Rt. Hon Peter D. Robinson MLA has officially launched the HBO Game of Thrones Exhibition which opens to the public at Titanic Belfast tomorrow. Pictured with the First Minister is Howard Hastings,Chairman NI Tourist Board,actress Maisie Williams and actor Liam Cunningham who attended a tourism event this evening at Crumlin Road Gaol, organised by NITB in partnership with NI Screen. Picture by Brian Thompson/ Press Eye

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Crowds try and get the best vantage point on the dunes to see the TV show being filmed

Crowds try and get the best vantage point on the dunes to see the TV show being filmed

Local hero: Game of Thrones has boosted our movie industry

Local hero: Game of Thrones has boosted our movie industry

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The crew on the beach

Dramatic scenes from Game of Thrones

Dramatic scenes from Game of Thrones

Props from Game of Thrones

Props from Game of Thrones

The Dark Hedges - one of the locations in Game of Thrones

The Dark Hedges - one of the locations in Game of Thrones

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Dramatic scenes from Game of Thrones

Dramatic scenes from Game of Thrones

Portstewart Strand is closed off for Game Of Thrones filming

Portstewart Strand is closed off for Game Of Thrones filming

Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke and writer George R.R. Martin (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images For AFI)

Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke and writer George R.R. Martin (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images For AFI)

Game Of Thrones has been handed a raft of Emmy nominations in the US

Game Of Thrones has been handed a raft of Emmy nominations in the US

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Titanic Studios

Liam Cunningham - Game of Thrones

The star added: "It has done wonders for the Northern Irish film industry and it has shown the world that Northern Ireland has some of the best crew, some of the best actors and some of the best locations in the world.

"I think over the next five or six years Northern Ireland can truly become a centre of excellence in film and television making and that is really good for all of us."

And Michael McElhatton, who plays Roose Bolton, said filming in Northern Ireland is "fantastic".

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A cast member on Portstewart Strand after it was closed to facilitate filming for Game of Thrones

A cast member on Portstewart Strand after it was closed to facilitate filming for Game of Thrones

Pacemaker Press Belfast 24-06-2014: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have met cast and production members from Game of Thrones during a tour of the Paint Hall Studios in Belfast.
The US television series is partly filmed in the city's Titanic Quarter , and is a focal point for Northern Ireland's burgeoning film industry.
Picture By: Arthur Allison: Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 24-06-2014: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have met cast and production members from Game of Thrones during a tour of the Paint Hall Studios in Belfast. The US television series is partly filmed in the city's Titanic Quarter , and is a focal point for Northern Ireland's burgeoning film industry. Picture By: Arthur Allison: Pacemaker Press.

Actor James Cosmo, who plays Jeor Mormont, the Old Bear, in Game Of Thrones

Actor James Cosmo, who plays Jeor Mormont, the Old Bear, in Game Of Thrones

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An archer takes aim at Castle Ward - the Stark family's home, Winterfell

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Pacemaker Press Belfast 24-06-2014: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have met cast and production members from Game of Thrones during a tour of the Paint Hall Studios in Belfast.
The US television series is partly filmed in the city's Titanic Quarter , and is a focal point for Northern Ireland's burgeoning film industry.
Picture By: Arthur Allison: Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press Belfast 24-06-2014: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have met cast and production members from Game of Thrones during a tour of the Paint Hall Studios in Belfast. The US television series is partly filmed in the city's Titanic Quarter , and is a focal point for Northern Ireland's burgeoning film industry. Picture By: Arthur Allison: Pacemaker Press.

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