The Rothschild Foundation is sad to announce the death of its Chairman, Lord Rothschild, businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist and cultural leader, who made a profound difference to many areas of British life.

He led, amongst other institutions, the National Gallery, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the family’s flagship, Waddesdon Manor. He supported many causes, some close to his home in Buckinghamshire, others as far afield as Israel, Albania, Greece and the United States. He was committed to helping communities, the environment, education and above all, the arts. His exemplary service to his country was recognised on several occasions, with a GBE, a CVO and as a member of the Order of Merit.

Jacob Rothschild was an extraordinary person, and his loss will be felt by many. The family is committed to continuing his legacy and the foundation which he loved and endowed. His daughter Hannah assumes the role of Chair of the Rothschild Foundation.

We will all be inspired by his vision, ambition, and his commitment to excellence.

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Waddesdon On Screen

The magic of Waddesdon, a French Renaissance-style Loire chateau in the heart of Buckinghamshire, has been captured many times on screen.

It was first used as a location in the 1960s and since then has provided the backdrop for some major feature films, as well as some of our best-loved TV dramas, documentaries and series, commercial adverts and national broadcasts for The BBC, ITV and Channel 4.

Playing host to small and large productions and working with world class studios, we have also been privileged to work with world-renowned directors including Alan Rickman, Ben Wheatley, Guy Ritchie and Ridley Scott.

In 2001 Waddesdon featured in Yash Johar’s Bollywood musical  Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham which was described by The Guardian as ‘A streaming gem, the perfect introduction to the gloriously kitsch, melodramatic musical genre. Watch the trailer >

Most recently, the gardens and interiors have featured in Netflix series Queen Charlotte and The Crown Series 5. In 2021 Waddesdon was the main location in Sony Pictures adaptation of classic fairy-tale Cinderella written and directed by Kay Cannon.

Explore historic locations as featured in some of your favourite TV series and films. These are some of our highlights:

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Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story (2022)

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story is the Netflix prequel to Bridgerton. This series introduces a young Queen Charlotte (India Amarteifo) and her life changing marriage to King George III of England (Corey Mylchreest). It is an epic story of love that transforms the ton. Watch the trailer >

Locations – The Aviary, South Front, Parterre and Estate.

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The Crown S5 (2022)

Netflix’s The Crown returned in November 2022 with the fifth series of the award-winning show, edging closer to the modern day. This series focuses on the 1990s and welcomes Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II. Watch the trailer >

Locations – Interiors doubling as The Ritz hotel in Paris, Gardens

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Cinderella (2021)

A modern movie musical with a bold take on the classic fairy-tale. The ambitious heroine has big dreams and with the help of her fab Godmother, she perseveres to make them come true. Starring Camila Cabello, Nicholas Galitzine and Idina Menzel. The Manor plays a starring role as the palace of King Rowan (Pierce Brosnan) and Queen Beatrice (Minnie Driver). Watch the trailer >

Where to spot Waddesdon in Cinderella >

Locations – Portico Balcony, Dining Room, White Drawing Room, Aviary, The North Front, Parterre and Estate.

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A Little Chaos (2014)

Two talented landscape artists (Kate Winslet and Matthias Schoenaerts) become romantically entangled while building a garden in King Louis XIV’s (Alan Rickman) palace at Versailles. The Manor was transformed into the Chateau de Fontainebleau, just outside Paris. Watch the trailer >

Locations – Breakfast Room, Dining Room, Blue Dining Room.

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Sherlock Holmes and a Game of Shadows (2011)

Detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr) and Dr Watson (Jude Law) are on the trail of a criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris), who is carrying out a string of random crimes across Europe. Here you see director Guy Ritchie rehearsing a scene in the Dining Room. Watch the trailer >

Locations – North Front, Dining Room.

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The Queen (2006)

After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted. Michael Sheen stars as Tony Blair. In this acclaimed film, written by Peter Morgan (who went on to write The Crown), the Manor stood in as Buckingham Palace. Watch the trailer >

Locations – South Front, Bedroom Corridor.

The main rooms in the Manor have been transformed into palaces, hotels, cafes and even a luxurious lair where James Bond (Sean Connery) goes head to head with villain Max Largo (Klaus Maria Brandaeur) in the battle computer game, Domination.

Lights, camera, action! – Waddesdon Manor If you click the link Discover more about filming at Waddesdon.

Take a look below at a snapshot of the films we’ve featured in. If you spot Waddesdon on your screens why not tag us with #Waddesdononscreen