Acting royalty begin filming 'Camelot'
THE green fields of Wicklow were transformed into ancient Britain yesterday as new TV series 'Camelot' came to Killruddery House and Gardens outside Bray.
A contemporary retelling of the Arthurian legend, the 10-part series for US TV stars Jamie Campbell-Bowers as King Arthur and Joseph Fiennes in the role of sorcerer Merlin.
Yesterday, the two stars were filmed galloping across the Irish countryside and later practising their swordsmanship in a field near Killruddery House.
However, with the house itself being from more modern times, film-makers created replica gates of a castle from which Arthur and Merlin could ride out on their horses amid the lush landscape.
Another star of the new TV series, French actress Eva Green, last seen in James Bond movie 'Casino Royale', was spotted under a veil, playing Morgan, the evil half- sister of Arthur.
The writer of 'Tudors', Michael Hirst, is the co-creator of the new series and believed from the outset that Wicklow would make an ideal setting for Camelot.
"The landscape is perfect for the Arthurian setting. You get a real sense of the Dark Ages in Ireland," he said.
Programme-makers have stressed that the ten-part series for US pay channel Starz is based on the wealth of literature about King Arthur, but will weave historical authenticity with Arthurian legend so that it is relatable to contemporary audiences.
Veteran Irish producer Morgan O'Sullivan and John Weber of Take 5 Productions in Canada are the producers of the series which will air in the US next year.