Wales is famous for its rich culture and its abundance of sheep, but did you know that some parts of Wales play a key part in the film industry? Wales has been a popular area of filming for many Hollywood directors because of its unique landscape, its many castles and other unique buildings. Many actors, directors, cinematographers and others in the film industry have been greatly influenced by Wales, its culture and its people such as Keira Knightley, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Miles Sanders - just to name a few.
"Half of my mum's family is Welsh. I remember when I was a kid she used to read to me, and witches and wizards in books always had a Welsh accent, so I guess I took it from that really." - Keira Knightley
With British influence increasing in the world and consequently the film industry, Wales became used increasingly in movies and in television shows. People began to appreciate the beauty of nature and the scenery that the great Welsh countryside had to offer. In fact, the infamous Charlie Chaplin was believed to have performed in Swansea's Old Palace Theatre on High Street in 1897. It is believed that his family brought him to Wales. His daughter, Geraldine Chaplin told BBC News in 2004 that she believes that there is a graveyard near Swansea where many of the Chaplin's are rumoured to have been buried.
"I love it down here [...] it's beautiful." - Geraldine Chaplin