Movie-lovers in Burton and South Derbyshire are delighted to hear that the towns are set to be graced by some of the biggest names in Hollywood as a blockbuster film is set to be shot in the area.

The latest biopic on Mary Queen of Scots will be filmed locally and it means people living in the area are being offered the once in a lifetime opportunity to star on the big screen as they can audition to be extras in the film. The movie will star Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan. Margot Robbie was in the Wolf of Wall Street and Suicide Squad. Saoirse Ronan appeared in The Host and Atonement.

So with this in mind we have taken the opportunity to take a look at what the area has to offer for actual and acting royalty alike.

With rumours rife on what locations will be chosen for filming, we take a look at the potential places cameras will be rolling and where the A-listers can go while they are in town to make the most of Burton.

Steeped in history, Burton was once home to monks during the 13 and 14 centuries and has made its name as the brewing capital of the world thanks to figures like William Bass.

This heritage lives on and continues thrive thanks to such venues such as the National Brewery Centre and St Modwen's Church paying homage to town's roots.

Tutbury Castle
Tutbury Castle where Mary Queen of Scots was once imprisoned

So where can we expect to see lights, camera and action?

How about the iconic Ferry Bridge, which after some well needed renovation, is a popular spot for visitors and boasts some wonderful scenery. The Grade II listed structure, which was built in 1889, was gifted to the town by brewing magnate Michael Arthur Bass, Lord Burton. Although it would have to be made to look somewhat older to fit in with the period.

But surely the most obvious place for the film to be shot is Tutbury Castle as it was the place that Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned on four occasions. It was there that she became involved in the plot that ultimately led to her bloody execution at Fotheringhay and would be a very apt venue to reflect Tutbury’s historic values. It is set in fantastic countryside and commands great views of the area which would surely look great on the big screen.

Occupied since the Stone Age, the castle is first recorded in 1071, as one of the new castles built to stamp the authority of the Norman conquerors across the Midlands. It has played an important part in English history during times of war as well as peace.

Other places that would be perfect to show off what the town has to offer include the National Brewery Centre, in Horninglow Street, which recently featured in the Lonely Planet travel guides as having one of "the finest tap rooms, bars and breweries that thirsty travellers can visit around the world".

St George’s Park, which is the English Football Association's national football centre, is just down the road while large parts of South Derbyshire are part of the National Forest and are perfect to visit on a sunny day. Just the place for an unspoilt rural looking setting for a film, we think.

Hollywood actresses Margot Robbie, left, and Saoirse Ronan

So where would the likes of Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan dine in their down time? With a sophisticated palate, they may prefer to pay a visit to The Winery, in Manor Drive, or the Dial, in Station Street, or perhaps they would like to take advantage of the all-you-can-eat buffet at Wing Wah or if they were eating on the go perhaps something from the splash van in Station Street.

Finally, after a long day starring with our very own residents, the cast will need somewhere to stay? Where better than the Riverside Hotel, in Branston, or maybe a Premier Inn is more their bag? They will be spoilt for choice with Burton boasting two, one in Wellington Road and one in Ashby Road East.

They could also pop along to Needwood and stay at the Hilton St George's Park, where they could brush shoulders with football stars when the England team were training. They might also opt for the Hotel Mercure Burton upon Trent Newton Park in Newton Solney which even has space for helicopters to land on the front lawns.

The Piece of Cake casting company is the firm dealing wiht lining up extras and wants "authentic" people from Burton and South Derbyshire to make an appearance and will be paying people for their efforts as a lady or noble in the court of Mary Queen of Scots.

Alexandra Pickford, director of the casting company which has recently found extras for films including Allied, which starred Brad Pitt and Transformers: The Last Knight, said the directors are keen to "set the scene” on their visit to the town.

Mrs Pickford told the Burton Mail: "We want the local people of the area to get involved and this is a great opportunity. Ultimately it needs to be as authentic as possible and the directors will have an idea what they are looking for and it may be someone from Burton.

The Ferry Bridge would be a great setting for the film
The Ferry Bridge would be a great setting for the film

"Everybody is seen and everybody is special from those who are lords and ladies to peasants with sheep.”

Saoirse Ronan has starred in a number of blockbusters, including Atonement and Brooklyn, and more recently featured in Ed Sheeran's Galway Girl video. She has been cast as Mary Queen of Scots to Margot Robbie's Queen Elizabeth I.

Robbie had her big break playing Donna Freedman in Australian TV soap Neighbours and her film credits include starring roles in The Wolf of Wall Street and Suicide Squad.

Mary Queen of Scots 'loathed' Tutbury

According to Tutbury Castle’s website, Mary Queen of Scots, who rode into the site on February 4, 1569, loathed the castle where she was imprisoned.

Not only because of what it represented but also because it was cold, draughty and extremely damp – threatening Mary’s already delicate health. She wrote of its miseries in winter that ‘mechante vieille charpenterie’ caused the wind to whistle through her chamber. Rather than waxing lyrical about the magnificent view Tutbury offered, she described it as “sitting squarely on top of a mountain in the middle of a plain”, subjecting her to all the “winds and injures of heaven”.

In June 1569 she was moved to Wingfield Manor to avoid suspected rescue attempts, but was moved back to Tutbury later in the year. Following the suppression of the rebellion, Mary was moved back to Tutbury once again on January 2, 1570, remaining there until May the same year.

When Mary’s health seemed to worsen in Tutbury’s atmosphere she was moved to other houses, but on January 14 1585 she was sent back to Tutbury for the final time.

On Christmas Eve 1585, Mary was moved to nearby Chartley Castle. Following the discovery of firm proof that Mary was plotting against Elizabeth, she was moved again to Fotheringay in Northamptonshire, where at 10 o’clock in the morning on Wednesday, February 8, 1587, the captive Queen was executed at the age of 44.

I am ready for my close up - how do I apply?

As part of the casting process, hopefuls will need to upload two photos – a head shot and a full-length shot of themselves. Film makers are looking for men and women aged 16 to 99 and of all ethnicities, with natural-coloured hair and no visible piercings or tattoos.

Those handpicked few will then be contacted to check their availability, and a costume fitting will be arranged.

Those selected will be paid a minimum of £110 a day. To be considered, applicants must be legally allowed to work in the UK and have a National Insurance Number.

Photo ID and NI Numbers must be brought to the casting. You can register for a slot to be seen, visit: