Castle Howard stately home is proving a big hit on TV thanks to Netflix sensation Bridgerton

Raunchy period drama Bridgerton, on Netflix, has become a massive streaming hit - meaning tens of millions of viewers will have set eyes on Yorkshire.

By John Blow
Thursday, 14th January 2021, 6:44 pm

The Regency romance is projected to be seen by more than 63 million households in its first four weeks, according to Netflix, and Variety reported that it held the number one slot in 76 countries on the streaming service’s top 10 list.

Bridgerton is one of the latest global television hits to have been partly filmed in Yorkshire, with Castle Howard and Coneysthorpe featuring as Clyvedon Castle and village, the Duke of Hastings’ family estate.

Castle Howard, near Malton, has been the home of the Carlisle branch of the Howard family for more than 300 years.

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Phoebe Dynevor and Regé-Jean Page in Bridgerton. Picture: Netflix

It has featured in numerous TV and film productions, most famously as the fictional Brideshead, both in Granada Television’s 1981 adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited and a two-hour 2008 remake for cinema. It has also hosted ITV’s global hit series Victoria, Sky’s The Queen & I, BBC drama Death Comes To Pemberley, and feature film Garfield 2.

Sally Joynson, chief executive at Screen Yorkshire, whose film office helped with the production, said: ‘’The global success of Bridgerton demonstrates Yorkshire’s robust credentials as a world leading destination for filming and Castle Howard looks magnificent on screen in the drama, where it features as the location for Simon Basset’s estate.

“Our wealth of stately homes and heritage locations make the region a huge draw for period productions.

“Bridgerton is the latest in a series of worldwide hits that we have hosted here in recent years, including Victoria, Downton Abbey, The English Game and Gentleman Jack.’’

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Protagonist Daphne Bridgerton is played by Phoebe Dynevor - daughter of Coronation Street’s Sally Dynevor, who portrays Sally Webster - and Regé-Jean Page is love interest Simon Basset.

Promoted as “Downton Abbey meets Gossip Girl”, the show follows the eldest daughter of the wealthy Bridgerton family as she comes of age and enters the fierce London marriage market.

Julie Andrews, star of Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, narrates the show, which is based on the books of Julia Quinn.

The number of viewers Netflix reports is based on the number of subscribers who have watched at least two minutes of a piece of content, according to Variety.