The fantastic scenery, picturesque town and the unique Cobb have been the backdrop for or even the subject of films and TV shows many times over the years, with the bay frequently playing host to camera crews and international stars!


Most recently scenes from the third season of Netflix blockbuster hit Heartstopper were filmed along the prom and on the sandy beach. To the delight of fans, the ever-changing Lyme weather conditions in October meant the crew had to stay a day or two longer than they’d anticipated so that they could get their shots! The third series will be aired later in 2024.

Stars Joe Locke (Charlie) and Kit Connor (Nick) on the sandy beach in Lyme Regis


2023 blockbuster Wonka was released to great acclaim, with Timoth̩e Chalamet playing a young Wonka setting out to build his empire. The movie starts and finishes on a snow-covered Cobb Рalthough you may struggle to spot Lyme Cottage in the movie Рas CGI has been used to cover the town in snow!

Timothée Chalamet in the filming of Wonka on the Cobb, Lyme Regis


The movie Ammonite, telling the story of Lyme Regis star fossil hunter Mary Anning, was filmed in Lyme bay in 2019 – with Kate Winslet taking the lead role. She was frequently to be found in local restaurants, pubs and cafes during the extensive location filming here.

The French Lieutenant’s Woman

Probably the most well known movie to be shot in Lyme Regis was the 1981 production of The French Lieutenant’s Woman – which brought Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons to town. The famous shot of Streep in a black cape on a stormy Cobb was iconic.

Trailer from The French Lieutenants Woman

River Cottage

Countless TV chefs have taken to Lyme Regis because of its daily catch of fresh fish and seafood and stunning scenery. It’s not unusual to take a stroll along the prom to find a TV crew huddled around a makeshift kitchen on the pebbly beach! Local chef and green campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage is just a couple of miles up the road in Uplyme so he is often in the bay filming segments or enjoying the local festivities, and members of the public taking courses at River Cottage often choose to stay at Lyme Cottage.