The Crown comes to town at Brunel
BRUNEL University London’s campus was transformed into ‘Hollywood in Hillingdon’ once again this summer, after camera crews were spotted filming a scene for the hit Netflix series The Crown.
Sites including the university’s common room were used to film scenes for the upcoming fifth season, which is set to premier in November 2022.
Nivedita Bhushan, a student at Brunel University London who was present when the filming took place, said: “I was elated to see the filming of The Crown series taking place at Brunel University London. People were cheering out loud and waving UK flags in their hands.
“Huge cameras were placed along with a tight security which requested us to stay quiet and far from the sets.”
As many as 73 million households tuned in last year to watch the British drama, according to official data from Netflix, which centres on Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.
Olivia Colman, who plays the titular Queen Elizabeth, features alongside Helena Bonham Carter, Princess Margaret, and Tobias Menzies, who plays the Duke of Edinburgh.
The Hillingdon Herald contacted The Crown’s production team which was unable to provide further information at this stage.
However, it would only be a few weeks later when camera crews were spotted yet again filming scenes for the latest series of Silent Witness in Brunel’s car park.
This is certainly a common sight on the London campus, which has a rich history of being used as a filming location. Some 15 films and TV episodes have had scenes featured at Brunel over the years, the most notable of which being Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 classic, A Clockwork Orange.
Naturally, this has all led to some staff members having chance encounters with celebrities, including senior technician Phil Maguire, who bumped into Billie Piper by chance during the filming of I Hate Susie.
He said: “The film crew were on campus filming I Hate Susie, and they were using one of the recording suites in the Antonin Artaud building as one of the sets.
“I didn’t realise Billie Piper was present, but in between shots Billie and the crew were sitting outside and talking.
“I happened to be sitting next to her, and it took me a few minutes to realise that it was Billie Piper.”
Other films and TV series filmed at Brunel University London:
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
The Comic Strip Presents...
Me Without You (2001)
The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer
Holby Blue (2007–2008)
Hollow Reed (1996)
The Truth About Female Desire (2005)
Inspector Morse (1987–2000) Episode: Fat Chance (1991)
The Sweeney (1974–1978) Episode: Thou Shalt Not Kill (1975)
Truth Seekers (2020) Episode: The Incident at CovColCosCon (2020)
Question Time: Episodes dated September 26 2013 and May 14 2015.