More Game of Thrones filming in Northern Ireland

Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones

Parts of series five of Game of Thrones will be filmed in Northern Ireland, it has been confirmed.

It is estimated the production of the hugely successful fantasy show and filming in locations across the province will bring in more than £20m for the local economy.

The team behind Game of Thrones have confirmed they will make two more series of the bloodthirsty fantasy show - and a fours after the news broke the First and deputy First Ministers confirmed series five will be filmed here.

The series, much of which has been filmed in locations including Gosford Park in Armagh and along the Antrim coast, is based on the best-selling books by George RR Martin.

The epic tale of treachery among a series of families vying for power in a medieval-style world is currently on its fourth series - shown on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

Series five will receive funding from NI Screen, supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Peter Robinson said Northern Ireland is continuing to establish itself as a prime tourist destination and investment location.

“Securing the fifth series of Game of Thrones, HBO’s largest drama production in Europe, will generate in excess of £20million annually to the Northern Ireland economy,” he said. “When in Los Angeles in March we met with Jay Roewe, Senior VP Production, HBO Films & Mini Series to confirm the Executive’s desire to build on our established working relationship with HBO and explore mutually beneficial opportunities.

“Continued investment by major production companies such as HBO ensures that Northern Ireland’s creative industries continue to lead the way on the world stage.

Martin McGuinness said it is excellent news for the local economy.

“When we were in the US in March we met with Jay Roewe, Senior VP Production, HBO Films & Mini Series and other senior executives to reinforce our continued commitment to work closely with HBO to secure the fifth series. Game of Thrones has returned each year since 2009 and the fantasy drama has been a global sensation, screening to more than 14 million in the US alone.

“I look forward to seeing the breath taking filming locations including the Glens of Antrim, Downhill Beach and Tollymore Forest beamed around the world.”

Michael Lombardo, president of US broadcaster HBO Programming, who make the show, said it was “a phenomenon like no other” and said the cast and crew “continue to surpass themselves”.

He said: “We look forward to more of their dazzling storytelling.”

Familiar faces in the current cast include Lena Headey, Charles Dance, Aidan Gillen and Diana Rigg.

The premiere of the new series was watched by an average of 6.6 million people in the US with one million tuning in in the UK.