Top film stars swap Hollywood for Holy Island

Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman amongst film crew and extras take a strole along Berwicks walls while filming an adaptation of Eric Lomax's The Railway Man
Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman amongst film crew and extras take a strole along Berwicks walls while filming an adaptation of Eric Lomax's The Railway Man
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HOLY Island Causeway is in the news again this week, but rather than stranded motorists, the focus was a pair of Hollywood superstars.

Oscar-winners Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth were in north Northumberland last week filming for The Railway Man.

The film is based on the book by 92-year-old Berwick resident Eric Lomax, who was captured during the Second World War at the fall of Singapore and was forced to work on the infamous Thai-Burma ‘death railway’ as a prisoner-of-war.

Firth has already visited Mr Lomax twice and took the opportunity to meet him again after filming wrapped on Friday.

The filming on Holy Island took place last Thursday, before the famous pair spent the night at Tillmouth Park Hotel, near Cornhill.

They were joined by Kidman’s two young daughters Sunday and Faith, along with their nanny.

The pair were able to dine in peace at the hotel, with many other guests not even recognising them.

Members of the production crew stayed at various locations, including on Holy Island.

On Friday, filming took place in Berwick town centre locations such as the city walls and residents were involved as extras.

And Twitter and Facebook were awash with rumours that the star duo were visiting other places including Alnwick and Bamburgh.

The production takes a break this week so that Firth and Kidman can attend the Cannes film festival, before filming resumes in Thailand.