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Scene-stealers fit for the A-list

These are just some of the breathtaking NI locations in iconic film and TV productions

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DRAMATIC BACKDROPS: Dunluce Castle and Whiterocks beach were featured in Artemis Fowl

DRAMATIC BACKDROPS: Dunluce Castle and Whiterocks beach were featured in Artemis Fowl

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DRAMATIC BACKDROPS: Dunluce Castle and Whiterocks beach were featured in Artemis Fowl

The beauty of our scenery often steals the scenes in major blockbuster films but that doesn't stop the A-listers swapping Hollywood for Holywood as more movies and TV shows are made in Northern Ireland.

It's strange to say, but it's becoming quite the norm to see superstars of the big screen taking a break from filming and enjoying the delights of NI's cities and beauty spots.

In recent years, we have had everyone from Tom Hanks, Morgan Freeman and Nicole Kidman to Robert Pattinson and Gillian Anderson work on films and television series being shot on location here.

NI has provided scenic backdrops as dramatic as the plotlines themselves for some of the biggest ever productions.

Discover Northern Ireland has compiled a list of places which have played a central role in iconic movies and television series.

Fair Head, Co Antrim (Game of Thrones)

Standing in for Dragonstone Cliffs, the place where iconic scenes occurred with Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons, Varys and Melisandre in Season 7, NI's tallest and most beautiful cliff face is near Ballycastle on the Causeway Coastal Route. A series of sublime walking routes offers striking vistas of Ballycastle, Murlough Bay, Rathlin Island, Scotland and more.

Toome Canal, Co Antrim (Game of Thrones)

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Toome Canal played a part in Game of Thrones

Toome Canal played a part in Game of Thrones

Toome Canal played a part in Game of Thrones

There was a distinct buzz around Toomebridge when the Old Valyrian Canal scenes were filmed for an episode in Season 5, when the disgraced Jorah Mormont takes Tyrion prisoner, throwing him into a stolen boat and setting sail for Meereen. The canal leads off into the huge expanse of Lough Neagh, which borders five of Northern Ireland's six counties. Apart from the spectacular views this is a lovely place for a walk, a jog or to sit and have a long conversation about your favourite characters.

Pollnagollum Cave, Co Fermanagh (Game of Thrones)

As a part of the wonderful Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, this site, featured as Hollow Hill, in Season 3 was the hideout of Beric Dondarrion and the Brotherhood without Banners. You can follow the Belmore Forest walk from the car park, taking the black route on the waymarked posts. You will come to a short gravel path that takes you to a viewing platform to see the cave.

Whiterocks Beach, Portrush and Dunluce Castle, Bushmills, Co Antrim (Artemis Fowl)

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DRAMATIC BACKDROPS: Dunluce Castle and Whiterocks beach were featured in Artemis Fowl

DRAMATIC BACKDROPS: Dunluce Castle and Whiterocks beach were featured in Artemis Fowl

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DRAMATIC BACKDROPS: Dunluce Castle and Whiterocks beach were featured in Artemis Fowl

Directed by NI native Sir Kenneth Branagh and featuring an all-star cast, Disney's Artemis Fowl is based on Irish author Eoin Colfer's best-selling young adult book of the same name. Filmed on location along the Causeway Coast in the summer of 2018, you will notice some familiar natural beauty spots such as Whiterocks Beach, Portrush and Dunluce Castle.

The Merchant Hotel and Botanic Gardens, Belfast (The Fall)

The Fall is a psychological thriller set around Belfast and showcases many of Belfast's most recognisable spots such as The Merchant Hotel and Botanic Gardens. The series, starring Gillian Anderson as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson and NI's Jamie Dornan as serial killer Paul Spector, was written by Allan Cubitt.

Rathlin Island, Co Antrim (The Last Right)

Filmed in NI at the end of 2018, The Last Right is the story of two brothers who set off to travel the length of the island of Ireland, from Clonakilty to Rathlin Island, with a coffin on the roof of their car. Rathlin Island is NI's only inhabited offshore island and home to a diverse array of wildlife, located five miles north of Ballycastle.

Guildhall Square, Londonderry (Derry Girls)

The historic speech made by US President Bill Clinton in 1995 outside the Guildhall on Guildhall Square provided the setting for the memorable finale to Series 2. It's here where James, caught up in the emotion of the day, exclaims: "I am a Derry Girl!"

Fashioned in a neo-gothic style, the Guildhall is one of the most striking buildings in the city, and also located close to the Peace Bridge.

Bishop's Gate, Londonderry (Derry Girls)

Bishop's Gate is one of the original four gates of the city walls. Look out for a stairway to take you onto the historic walls. This area appeared in Derry Girls as the backdrop to an Army checkpoint where the gang pursue Erin's thought-to-be dead dog Toto, after having claimed to have seen a church apparition ... just to get off doing an exam.

Tollymore Forest, Co Down (Dublin Murders)

Without giving away any spoilers, one of the main filming locations for the psychological thriller Dublin Murders takes place in Tollymore Forest Park. With panoramic views of the Mourne Mountains and the sea at Newcastle, Tollymore Forest Park is a spectacular location and perfect for a day out enjoying our natural beauty.

The Ulster Folk Museum and the Ulster Transport Museum, Co Down; Castle Ward, Co Down and Armagh Gaol, Co Armagh (The Frankenstein Chronicles)

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The Frankenstein Chronicles filmed at Castle Ward

The Frankenstein Chronicles filmed at Castle Ward

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The Frankenstein Chronicles filmed at Castle Ward

The Frankenstein Chronicles is a period crime drama series filmed across NI. Starring Sean Bean, or well-known as Ned Stark from Game of Thrones), you'll recognise many filming locations - all of which have an incredible story to tell.

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