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Oscar winner Olivia Colman is filming in Kerry

Oscar winner Olivia Colman is filming in Kerry

Olivia Colman as the Queen and Tobias Menzies as Philip in The Crown (Pic from Netflix)

Olivia Colman as the Queen and Tobias Menzies as Philip in The Crown (Pic from Netflix)

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Oscar winner Olivia Colman is filming in Kerry

Fans of The Crown in The Kingdom may soon get to see one of the show’s biggest stars up close and personal.

Top British actress Olivia Colman - who played Queen Elizabeth in the series - has started shooting her latest movie in Co Kerry.

Joyride is being directed by Irish director Emer Reynolds, who won an Emmy for her Voyager space documentary The Farthest.

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Olivia Colman as the Queen and Tobias Menzies as Philip in The Crown (Pic from Netflix)

Olivia Colman as the Queen and Tobias Menzies as Philip in The Crown (Pic from Netflix)

Olivia Colman as the Queen and Tobias Menzies as Philip in The Crown (Pic from Netflix)

The movie, starring Colman, an Oscar-winner for The Favourite, and teenage newcomer Charlie Reid, tells the story of two troubled characters who form an unlikely connection when they embark on an adventure together.

The movie began filming this week in several locations across The Kingdom and dozens of local people have also secured work as extras. While the production will be based in Tralee, it will feature several locations throughout the county.

The screenplay was written by Kerry film writer Ailbhe Keogan, who along with Reynolds and Kerry Film Development Officer Siobhan O’Sullivan, helped bring the movie to the county.

“Despite its outstanding beauty and the fact the story is set here does not guarantee the production can film in a regional setting. Screen Kerry did colossal work to ensure we could compete favourably with the East coast,” said Keogan.

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“The energy and economic impact that a production brings to a locality can’t be underestimated,” added O’Sullivan. “This film is providing opportunities for local trainees and entry level crew to gain experience while working in a highly professional environment. We’re thrilled to have Joyride shooting here this Summer and look forward to bringing far more productions to the county.”

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