His Dark Materials starts filming in Wales


Fantasy story His Dark Materials has started filming in Wales as an ambitious TV adaptation.

The story is based on books by Philip Pullman and follows a young girl’s adventures across parallel universes as she searches for a missing friend and becomes caught up in a sinister conspiracy.

Child actor Dafne Keen is among the cast list that also includes star names James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, Clarke Peters and playwright and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Tom Hooper will direct the initial eight-part series that has been adapted by star writer Jack Thorne.

Bad Wolf is making the ambitious drama for the BBC, in association with New Line Cinema, from a base at Wolf Studios Wales near Cardiff. The facility offers six sound stages and has already played host to Bad Wolf’s production A Discovery of Witches, which wrapped earlier this year. 

“Wolf Studios Wales is set to be a world-class facility situated at the heart of a thriving creative and production community in Cardiff,” said Jane Tranter of Bad Wolf when the studio opened last spring. 

“Wales has seen a resurgence in television and film production over recent years and studio space is much sought after.”

Bad Wolf will reportedly turn the three books of Pullman’s original His Dark Materials saga into multiple series.

Image: iStock.com/David Callan


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