Game of Thrones star to film new drama in Mid and East Antrim

Game of Thrones actor Ian McElhinney is to star in new film production "The Haven" which will have scenes in Mid & East Antrim.

Game of Thrones actor Ian McElhinney is to star in new film production "The Haven" which will have scenes in Mid & East Antrim.

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A new film production featuring ‘Game of Thrones’ star Ian McElhinney looks set get financial backing from Mid & East Antrim Council.

‘The Haven’ is an exciting Northern Ireland project involving a number of world-class actors and will feature filming at various local settings including Glenariff and the Antrim Coast Road; the exterior of Garron Tower and also Garron Point.

The four-part fictional drama written and created by screenwriter Carl Whyte is set in Northern Ireland in 2020 following the election of its first female First Minister who is quickly plunged into a new battle against the growing threat of ISIS.

The production will feature Maggie Cronin, best known for her role in the Oscar winning film ‘The Shore’, and Ian McElhinney who played Ser Barristan Selmy, the knight and loyal advisor to Daenerys Targaryen, in the HBO fantasy drama ‘Game of Thrones’.

Back in November, The Haven’s production company approached Mid and East Antrim Council for partnership support of £3750 and at their latest meeting, Council’s economic growth & development committee agreed the funding for the project on which filming is expected to begin in February.

It is understood such backing, which will have to go before the full council in January for ratification, will see Council credited as a partner at the start of the film and acknowledged in all publicity and also given the opportunity to market the area as a film location utilising images photographed during filming.

The Haven is the latest in a string of major productions to be filmed locally.

The area has become a popular filming location for Game of Thrones, with Sallagh Brae, Carnlough Harbour and Magheramorne quarry appearing in the hit TV series.

Meanwhile, locations near Ballygally have been used to shoot scenes for Brad Pitt’s new movie, Lost City of Z, as well as the upcoming Timothy Spall movie, The Journey.