Filming in Thurrock


Thurrock has been used as a film location many decades – The Guns of Loos was filmed at the West Thurrock chalk pits as far back as 1928.

Below are some of the films and television programmes shot on location in Thurrock since the 1950s.


Year Film Location
2020 His House Various locations in Tilbury
2018 Peterloo Tilbury Fort
2017 Tulip Fever Tilbury Fort
2017 Darkest Hour Tilbury Fort
2017 Wonder Woman Tilbury Fort
2016 Grimsby Multiple sites in Tilbury
2016 Rise of the Footsoldiers 3 Argent Street car park, Grays
2015 Mr Holmes Cruise Terminal, Tilbury
2014 Paddington Cruise Terminal and Docks, Tilbury
2010 Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Dartford Tunnel
2009 Fish Tank Tilbury Town station and other locations around Tilbury
2005 Batman Begins Coalhouse Fort
2004 Alfie Tilbury Docks
2002 28 Days Later Broadview Transport Café, Stanford
2000 Essex Boys East Tilbury Marshes, Bata Building, Tilbury and under QEII Bridge, West Thurrock
1993 Four Weddings and a Funeral St. Clements Church, West Thurrock and Old Gas Showrooms, Grays
1992 Blue Ice Tilbury Docks
1990 Chicago Joe and the Show Girl State Cinema, Grays
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Tilbury Docks
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit? State Cinema, Grays
1975 Brannigan Tilbury Docks
1963 The Victors Tilbury area
1958 Up the Creek Ward's ship-breaking yard, Grays
1950 Hangman's Wharf East Tilbury Rectory, Sydney Road, Tilbury and Gibbs Wharf, Grays
1937 Glamorous Night Tilbury Landing Stage
1935 The Stoker Tilbury Docks
1935 Me and Marlborough Goldsmith's Wharf, Grays
1929 The Berg (later called 'Atlantic') Tilbury Docks
1927 The Guns of Loos Gibbs's Pit, West Thurrock
Pre-1914 Unnamed British-made 'Western' films Purfleet-on-Thames, around Botany Gardens, the chalk cliff area and the Royal Hotel

Actors who performed on location for some of these films have included:

  • Christian Bale
  • Sean Bean
  • Sacha Baron Cohen
  • Michael Fassbender
  • Gal Gadot
  • Hugh Grant
  • Tom Hardy
  • Bob Hoskins
  • Cillian Murphy
  • Gary Oldman
  • Rebel Wilson

Television entertainment

Year Programme Location
2022 The Baby The Backstage Centre, Purfleet-on-Thames and Grays Wharf, Grays
2021 Shop Well for the Planet? Various locations, Grays
2020 The Third Day Coalhouse Fort
2020 Liar 2 Multi-storey car park, Grays
2019 Hot Property Billet Field, Stanford-le-Hope
2019 Teen Mom UK Aveley and Grays Beach Riverside Park
2019 The Dengineers Argent Street, Grays
2019 White Gold, series 2 Multiple locations
2018 Say Yes to the Dress UK Lakeside Shopping Centre
2017 Black Sheep Multiple locations in Chadwell St Mary
2017 Damned Multiple locations in Grays
2017 Keith and Paddy's Picture Show The Springhouse, Corringham
2017 SS-GB Tilbury Fort
2017 Taboo Coalhouse Fort and Tilbury Fort
2017 White Gold, series 1 Multiple locations
2016 The One Show East Tilbury library
2015 Britain's Outlaws: Highwaymen, Pirates and Rogues Coalhouse Fort
2015 Posh Pawnbrokers North Hill, Horndon on the Hill
2015 The Unforgotten The Manorway, Corringham
2015 The X Factor Hawkins Drive, Chafford Hundred and High Street, Grays
2014 Chasing Shadows Dansand Quarry, Orsett
2014 Silent Witness Coalhouse Fort
2014 The One Show Coalhouse Fort and Hathaway Road, Grays
2014 Wheeler Dealers The Manorway, Corringham
2013 CIA Declassified Coalhouse Fort
2013 Surprise, Surprise Corringham Town Park
2012 The One Show Tilbury Fort
2011 Most Haunted Coalhouse Fort
2011 Spooks Coalhouse Fort
2007 Oliver Twist Tilbury Fort
2002 Fame Academy Lakeside Shopping Centre
1997 London's Burning Tilbury Fire Station
1997 Sharpe's Rifles – The Lost Regiment Tilbury Fort
1993 Lipstick on your Collar State Cinema, Grays
1988 Richard Burton My Brother State Cinema, Grays
1986 Julia McKenzie and Friends State Cinema, Grays
1985 Bluebell State Cinema, Grays
1960s Dr Who Tunnel Cement Pit, West Thurrock
1956 Quatermass II Shell Oil Refinery and Wards Engineering Works, Grays

Television documentaries

Year Programme Location
2020 The Hidden Wilds of the Motorway Various locations, Grays and Purfleet
2019 Digging up Britain’s Past Tilbury Fort
2017 One Bomb Thames Path, Purfleet
2017 Teen Mum UK Various locations, Grays
2016 On The Edge Thames Path, Purfleet
2016 The Day I Fell Various locations, Grays
2015 Armada: 12 Days to Save England Tilbury Fort
2015 Face to Face West Thurrock Memorial Ground
2014 Emperor's New Clothes Little Thurrock Primary Schoool and Grays End Close
2014 Great British Railway Journeys Tilbury Fort
2013 Countryfile Davy Down Country Park
2013 Inside Out Tilbury Fort and Thurrock Musuem
2013 Towers of Ilium Coalhouse Fort
2010 Birth of Britain Aveley, bridge over A13
2004 Battlefield Britain Tilbury Fort
2004 Pulling Power Tilbury Docks, Tilbury Town and East Tilbury Village
2003 Restoration Coalhouse Fort
2002 Sea to Source Tilbury Docks
2000 Walk over Heritage Purfleet and Coalhouse Fort
1998 Lakesiders Lakeside Shopping Centre
1984 Unusual Heritage Coalhouse Fort
1970s Chronicle Mucking Marshes
1957/8 Defending London’s River Tilbury Docks

Music videos, adverts and other shoots

Year Video Location
2021 No Rome – 'It’s All Smiles' album cover The Manorway, Corringham
2020 Anne-Marie – How to be Anne-Marie Various locations, Purfleet-on-Thames and Stanford-le-Hope
2020 Vogue China Coalhouse Fort
2019 'This is what a cyclist looks like' advert – ForwardMotion South Essex Grays Town Wharf
2019 adidas Uniforia Official Euro 2020 football launch Kilverts Field, Grays
2018 The Ferryman Photo Shoot – US Vogue Coalhouse Fort
2017 Boots Christmas advert Various locations, Purfleet
2016 Insolvency Service of Ireland advert Lampitts Hill, Stanford-le-Hope
2013 Mount Kimbie ft. King Krule – You Took Your Time video Various locations in Chadwell St Mary and Tilbury
2010 Mars advert Fielding Road recreation ground, Tilbury
1998 Jamiroquai – Deeper Underground State Cinema, Grays

Historical newsreels

The list below is a selection from the British Pathé newsreel archive.

Year Video Location
1953 Queen Elizabeth II tours flooded areas of Tilbury and Purfleet. Tilbury and Purfleet-on-Thames
1948 Empire Windrush filmed arriving at Tilbury Docks carrying Jamaican immigrants. Tilbury Docks
1934 Chief Scout Lord Baden Powell departing from Tilbury Docks on world tour. Scouts see him off. Tilbury Docks
1932 England cricket team filmed leaving Tilbury Docks for Australia to play for the Ashes. Tilbury Docks