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As Warner Bros announce filming of Jupiter Ascending at Ely Cathedral we look back at when stars including Colin Firth and Cate Blanchett came to the city

By Cambridge News  |  Posted: April 18, 2013

  • A scene from The King's Speech showing Ely Cathedral doubling as Westminster Abbey.

  • Colin Firth at Ely Cathedral for the first day of filming The King's Speech. Pic by Geoff Robinson.

  • Colin Firth at Ely Cathedral for the first day of filming The King's Speech. Pic by Geoff Robinson.

  • Colin Firth at Ely Cathedral for the first day of filming The King's Speech. Pic by Geoff Robinson.

  • Cate Blancett film scenes shot in Ely Cathedral..Elizabeth the Golden Age

  • Actress Natalie Portman on the set of 'The Other Boleyn Girl' at Ely Cathedral. Pic: Masons

  • 29/08/07 Filming at Ely Cathedral for the The Other Boleyn Girl. Picture by David Johnson .

  • 29/08/07 Filming at Ely Cathedral for the The Other Boleyn Girl. Picture by David Johnson .

  • 29/08/07 Filming at Ely Cathedral for the The Other Boleyn Girl. Picture by David Johnson .

  • 29/08/07 Filming at Ely Cathedral for the The Other Boleyn Girl . Picture by David Johnson .

  • 29/08/07 Filming at Ely Cathedral for the The Other Boleyn Girl . Picture by David Johnson .

  • 29/08/07 Filming at Ely Cathedral for the The Other Boleyn Girl . Picture by David Johnson .

  • 29/08/07 Filming at Ely Cathedral for the The Other Boleyn Girl . Picture by David Johnson .

  • 29/08/07 Filming at Ely Cathedral for the The Other Boleyn Girl . Picture by David Johnson .

  • 29/08/07 Filming at Ely Cathedral for the The Other Boleyn Girl . Picture by David Johnson .

  • 29/08/07 Filming at Ely Cathedral for the The Other Boleyn Girl . Picture by David Johnson .

  • 29/08/07 Filming at Ely Cathedral for the The Other Boleyn Girl . Picture by David Johnson .

  • 28/08/07 Filming of the The Other Boleyn Girl at Ely Cathedral. Picture by Keith Heppell

  • 28/08/07 Filming of the The Other Boleyn Girl at Ely Cathedral. Picture by Keith Heppell

  • 28/08/07 Filming of the The Other Boleyn Girl at Ely Cathedral. Councillor Michael Allan . Picture by Keith Heppell

  • 28/08/07 Filming of the The Other Boleyn Girl at Ely Cathedral. Picture by Keith Heppell

  • 28/08/07 Filming of the The Other Boleyn Girl at Ely Cathedral. Picture by Keith Heppell

  • 28/08/07 Filming of the The Other Boleyn Girl at Ely Cathedral. Councillor Michael Allan . Picture by Keith Heppell

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Ely Cathedral has starred in many Hollywood blockbusters including Oscar-winning The King’s Speech and Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

It’s welcomed the likes of Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush and Clive Owen.

For Elizabeth: The Golden Age, the cathedral’s 12th Century Lady Chapel was transformed to become the great hall of Whitehall Palace in Westminster, which was the centre of Government and state ceremonies as well as the Queen’s main home.

It had another brush with royalty in 2009 when Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter came to the city to film The King’s Speech.

And Natalie Portman filmed The Other Boleyn Girl at Ely Cathedral in 2008.

Hollywood heartthrob Liam Neeson spent a day filming at the cathedral for The Other Man, directed by Sir Richard Eyre, which also starred Romola Garai.

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