Osborne House rumoured location for major feature film about Queen Victoria

Osborne House is rumoured to be the location for the feature film about the relationship between Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim. The production company have a casting call out for extras to take part in filming on the Isle of Wight this autumn.

Dame Judi Dench

Osborne House is rumoured to be the location for the new feature film by Stephen Frears about the relationship between Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim, a young clerk who the Queen name “the Munshi” having travelled from India to take part in the Golden Jubilee.

Queen Victoria will be played by Dame Judi Dench and the Indian clerk will be played by a well-known actor from The Hobbit.

Casting now
A casting agency has been using the power of social media to recruit extras for the major feature film being.

The filming will take place in the autumn and the film is due to be released in 2017.

Using the Royal Collection
Camera crews have apparently been in residence at Osborne House for several weeks.

It’s understood that permission has been given for some of the hallowed Royal Collection to be used in the film.

A spokesperson for English Heritage told OnTheWight,

“It’s not true to say that camera crews have been in residence at Osborne for several weeks, however I can’t add any further comment.”

The Guardian spoke about plans for the film last month.

Image: Caroline Bonarde Ucci under CC BY 3.0

Thursday, 28th July, 2016 12:46pm


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Karl Love
This is exciting news for the people and businesses of East Cowes. East Cowes is rich in history and its relationship within Royalty brings much needed revenue to our island. The publicity which this brings to our island is very much needed in these times of austerity. This will bring a very welcome boost. This is the kind of industry (film) and tourism/publicity which our Council needs… Read more »
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Ann Warren

How do audition for a part as an extra

James Waller

I would like to be considered as an extra for the proposed film


Dame Judy Dench makes a lovely Queen Victoria.

David woodfull

I am a member of equity for over 20 years covering many films and TV work for BBC and itv I now live on the Isle of Wight and I am avaliable any day and weekends as I entertain in the evenings many thanks Dave Woodfull

michael wright

Hi I would like to apply for an extra, I see the add in County press but was on holiday, if you are still looking can you let me no please.
Many thanks mick wright.

Andrea Keeler

I am also very interested in being an extra. How do you apply? Which casting company is it please?