1. Harry PotterWith one of the main cast members from Horsforth, it’s no surprise that 2 of the greatest Harry Potter films were filmed in Yorkshire. The first and arguably the best of the magical sequel; The Philosophers Stone, borrowed Goathland Station in Whitby to create its iconic Hogsmeade Station; the last stop on the Hogwarts Express. A few years later the movie giants return to Yorkshire to film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In the search for the Horcruxes, Hermione and Harry set up camp at Malham Cove in North Yorkshire. We might be biased but we think Yorkshire played a crucial part in the Harry Potter success story…
2. Calendar GirlsThe Calendar Girls became a true inspiration across the country for its fun-loving and hard-hitting, relatable storyline. Based on the true story of the Women's Institute, who raised money posing nude for a fundraising calendar, the hit film had an all-star cast including Helen Mirren, Julie Walters and Penelope Wilton and was set in the Modest village of Kettlewell; some may say the perfect backdrop for such a heart-warming film.
3. Rita, Sue and Bob TooBradford has been home many great films over the years, including none other than Rita, Sue and Bob too. Set in Buttershaw, the raw, realistic film, follows the story of married man Bob, filmed in a variety of locations across West Yorkshire, including Baildon and Haworth. Since the film became a hit in the 1980s, many of the locations have undergone refurbishment but many of the iconic locations can still be recognised today.
4. The Full MontyThe undeniably funny British comedy; The Full Monty, is a combination of dry humour with an underlying heartfelt storyline, the type of humour that could only be filmed in the much-loved city of Sheffield. The majority Yorkshire born star-studded cast of William Snape, Steve Huison, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Barber and Hugo Speer used their authentic Yorkshire accents to create one of the countries most loved films.
5. The Railway ChildrenThe Railway Children was a 1970’s classic based on the 1906 novel written by E.Nesbit. Directed by Lionel Jeffries, the backdrop to the film was no other than Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. Oakworth Railway Station became iconic in the film, referred to as ‘Great Northern Southern Railway’. The film itself received three nominations for British Academy Film Awards and is still recognised today as one of Britains most iconic films- another claim to fame for Yorkshire!
There are plenty of reasons Yorkshire should be celebrated this Yorkshire Day, not just for its role in many major films, take a look at some of the most iconic musicians to come out of Yorkshire!