Hollywood celebs love these Irish spots

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Ireland is a sought-after film location even during the pandemic and the stars love exploring during their time off set. Here are just some of the filming locations and tourist spots famous faces have been flocking to

Kerry Washington on the Causeway Coast


Ireland has always been a popular film location, with Star Wars, Game of Thrones and many more films and shows being shot here in recent years. This didn’t change during lockdown, as film crews adhered to strict protocol to ensure their productions could go ahead.  Matt Damon is not the only celebrity to fall for Ireland’s charms during lockdown. The pandemic seems to have made the casts of the many films and TV shows in production here really take time out to explore Ireland. Stars from Patrick Dempsey to Kerry Washington have all been enjoying their time as tourists between takes. Here are just a few spots that Hollywood stars have been spotted at during filming and downtime.


Patrick Dempsey | Clonaslee Country House, the Sugar Loaf and more

Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey has been sharing his Irish adventures on Instagram while he is in Ireland filming Disenchanted. He stayed at Clonaslee Country House in Coleraine, run by the owner of candle brand Olivia’s Haven, in the first few weeks of his trip.

Clonaslee Country House

While in Dublin Dempsey stopped by Leo Burdock’s for fish and chips, paddled out to Dalkey Island and climbed the Sugar Loaf.

Chris Pine | Carrickfergus Castle

Dungeons and Dragons is currently filming in Carrickfergus in Co Antrim, with Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Hugh Grant, Bridgerton’s Regé-Jean Page and more famous faces all set to feature. So far Chris and Michelle have been spotted filming on a boat in the harbour near Carrickfergus Castle, and Chris has been travelling around by bike. Pre-booked guided tours of this 800-year-old Norman castle can be booked Tuesday to Sunday.

Carrickfergus Castle

Elizabeth Banks | Sandycove

Elizabeth Banks is in Ireland to direct her next film Cocaine Bear, inspired by the true story of when a bear in a Georgia forest stumbled across $15 million worth of cocaine. While filming isn’t due to start until August, Elizabeth has moved her family to Ireland already, and has been getting to grips with driving on the other side of the road, and has even tried a bag of Tayto.

She shared a video with fans showing her settling into Ireland with her family, exploring Dublin Bay with her family and stopping off at Mitchell and Son wine merchant in Sandycove.  

Maya Rudolph | Ireland’s Eye

Another Disenchanted cast member, Maya Rudolph enjoyed a day off set exploring Dublin. She took a boat trip with Ireland’s Eye Ferries around Island’s Eye. The one-hour family-friendly cruise goes around the island and takes in the local wildlife and scenery of interest. It costs €20 for adults, €10 for teens and €5 for children under 12.

The star also dined at Juanitos on Drury Street, leaving a lovely note for the staff. The restaurant’s menu offer soul food ‘LA style’, and is a great spot for outdoor dining at the moment.


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Amy Adams | The National Gallery

The star of Disenchanted has been keeping a low profile while in the country, but did praise Ireland on a recent appearance on Seth Meyers. Amy was spotted visiting the National Gallery on her daughter’s birthday, which coincided with the gallery reopening after lockdown restrictions. Her husband Darren Le Gallo, an actor and artist, has posted a little more often about their time in Ireland, sharing posts of the gardens at Dublin Zoo and scenic morning walks.

Amy Adams’ daughter at The National Gallery

Here she chats a little bit about filming the sequel to Enchanted.

Jodie Comer | Killiney

Jodie Comer has left Irish shores after finishing filming with Matt Damon on The Last Duel, but she made sure to squeeze in sea swim. The Killing Eve actress posted a post-swim selfie from Killiney Beach, and the gorgeous views from the top of Killiney Hill.


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Nicole Kidman | Belfast

Last year Australian actor Nicole Kidman is filmed her next movie The Northman in Donegal. The Viking-era film also stars Willam Defoe, Ethan Hawke and Alexander Skarsgard, and they filmed near Malin Head as a stand-in for the Icelandic landscape. On Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, Nicole Kidman discussed her love for Belfast City and joked that she would happily move there. In a series of snaps on Instagram, she shared some of her favourite views, including Belfast City Hall.


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Sarah Hyland

The Modern Family actress was in Ireland filming the TV show Epic, and posted pictures of herself exploring forests and hanging out with her castmates in a park.


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Her costar Nick Dunning posted a picture with Sarah on set at Luttrellstown Castle in Dublin. This exclusive hire castle is a popular wedding and events venue, and it is where David and Victoria Beckham tied the knot back in 1999.

Frieda Pinto | Castletown House, Dublin Castle

Star of Slumdog Millionaire Frieda Pinto filmed Netflix movie Mr Malcolm’s List at the stunning Castletown House in Kildare back in April. The star also filmed scenes at Dublin Castle. Castletown House is a Palladian-style country house, surrounded by beautiful parklands and a biodiversity garden well worth exploring.


Director Emma Holly Jones shared pictures of the cast and the set on Instagram.


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Kerry Washington | The Causeway Coast

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Scandal star Kerry Washington is teaming up with Charlize Theron for The School for Good and Evil, which will be shot at Belfast’s Harbour Studios. Kerry has already been exploring Ireland, sharing this breathtaking snap along the Causeway Coast. The Causeway Coastal route is a popular driving route taking in sights along the way from Belfast to Derry.