Dame Judi Dench returns to Osborne in new Victoria film

Osborne House on the Isle of Wight is featured in a new film, due to be released in 2017 and starring Dame Judi Dench as Queen Victoria.

Set to be the first time Osborne’s interiors have been seen in a feature film, this former royal residence will appear in a significant portion of Victoria and Abdul, and is the only one of Queen Victoria’s homes to be used as a location.

Dame Judi also played the monarch in the film Mrs Brown, which had some exterior scenes filmed at Osborne.

Victoria and Abdul charts the true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s rule.

When Abdul Karim – played by Indian actor Ali Fazal – travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favour with the Queen and the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance.

The Indian-inspired Durbar room with its elaborate ceiling designed by Lockwood Kipling is just one of the rooms set to appear on screen.

Rob Flower, general manager at Osborne – an English Heritage property – said: “Osborne offers a unique insight into Victoria’s life – it was her family home and the only place she could really relax and be herself.

“The story of Victoria, Abdul and her Indian servants’ time at Osborne is a fascinating but little known one.”

David Thornton, Visit Isle of Wight chief executive, said that the filming of the movie of the Isle of Wight is likely to raise the destination’s profile worldwide.

He added: “Visiting film and TV locations has become a massive phenomenon in recent years, and we’ll be working very closely with Osborne, as well as VisitEngland and VisitBritain to make sure that everyone knows they can follow in the footsteps of some great historical figures, and movie stars here on the Isle of Wight.”

The movie is expected to hit the screens in September 2017.

• Osborne has a new guided tour, entitled Victoria: Queen Beyond the Screen.

Victoria has been portrayed in film and television many times, including Jenna Coleman in ITV’s costume drama Victoria and Emily Blunt in The Young Victoria.

The guided tour visits the royal ground floor rooms at Osborne to provide an understanding of how one of the most famous and iconic of British monarchs, and Empress of a vast Empire, was also a mother and passionate wife.