Some of Chobham’s villagers could be going weak at the knees as the visit of a dashing Hollywood actor draws near.
Colin Firth, who came to prominence with his interpretation of Mr Darcy in the 1995 television adaptation of Jane Austen’s 'Pride and Prejudice' and is now a major movie star, will reportedly be part of a cast and crew filming at a Chobham business for three days from Sunday.
They will be at Leonard Daborn Ltd, in Station Road, a family-owned dealership and garage which has been selling and servicing cars in Chobham for more than 60 years.
The Woking Advertiser understands the crew will be using the site for a film about the doomed yachtsman Donald Crowhurst which has not yet officially been named.
Firth is set to play Crowhurst, who attempted to circumnavigate the world solo in a story which has inspired the novel Outerbridge Reach, along with poems, a play and art.
The documentary Deep Water was also made on the voyage in 2006, but despite a failed attempt in the 1970s, no film has been made of the story, until now.
It is believed Firth has been taking sailing lessons in preparation for his role, even if Crowhurst was not known as a skilled yachtsman.
A spokesman for Leonard Daborn was unable to say what role the car dealership setting in landlocked Chobham would play in the film, which is being directed by James Marsh, the man behind The Theory of Everything, a biopic about physicist Stephen Hawking which won countless awards.
Firth himself, now aged 54, has picked up honours too including an Oscar for his performance in The King’s Speech, though many women of a certain age associate with him most readily as the dashing Mr Darcy.
Changing room offer
As Chobham Parish Council clerk, Catherine Wright is very much aware that her office sits only across the recreation ground from where he will be filming, and admitted to being a fan.
“Who isn’t?” she said. “I did offer my office to be his changing room but unfortunately that wasn’t taken up.
“I’m not at work on Sunday and Monday’s a bank holiday but I might bring the kids down to have a look. Fingers crossed I’ll get to see him.
“I’ve been speaking to the production company about things they can and can’t do. They’ve been very good about traffic management and things like that.”
It is not the first time the actor has filmed in Surrey.
As recently as October 2013 he was filmed being gunned down outside a church in Deepcut by Samuel L Jackson during the filming of Kingsman: The Secret Service.
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