Benedict Cumberbatch and Dame Judi Dench in Winchester to film The Hollow Crown


It has been revealed that both Dame Judi Dench and Benedict Cumberbatch are in Winchester to film BBC Two’s highly anticipated The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses.

Dame Judi Dench is accompanied by newly-engaged Benedict Cumberbatch who will be taking on the Role of Richard III in this Shakespeare adaptation. The two are currently filming in Winchester’s own Great Hall, built in 1067, which once formed part of Winchester’s Norman castle. The castle has been fenced off to the public during the three-week shoot, with all entrances to the ancient ruins barricaded until the 10th December.

The shoot has become the BBC’s worst kept secret and of course hoards of fans are now standing guard for a glimpse of the famous stars. This report comes after runners and cameramen variously told the Daily Echo that they were filming Batman, an Emmerdale Christmas special and “Harry Potter 57”. But one crew member, who asked not to be named, confirmed that the star was on set filming The Hollow Crown. “I don’t know whether he’s here today but he has been doing some scenes up there,” he said.

Unfortunately, as of yet, no sightings have been made of Dame Judi Dench, Sherlock’s Andrew Scott or Harry Potter’s Michael Gambon who were announced earlier in the year as cast members in the new series.

The final series of The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses will air in 2016.


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