Stay Close: What to expect from the new James Nesbitt Netflix drama filmed across Lancashire

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Hollywood actor James Nesbitt has been spotted filming at various locations across the red rose county


Scenes from Netflix drama Stay Close were filmed in Blackpool
Scenes from Netflix drama Stay Close were filmed in Blackpool

A brand new Netflix drama has been released and it’s filmed right here in Lancashire.

Stay Close stars Hollywood actor James Nesbitt, with filming for the show – released today (December 31) – spotted taking place in Morecambe, Chorley and Blackpool earlier this year.

In Morecambe, members of the public reported seeing Nesbitt filming down the Promenade and on Skipton Street.

The filming crew was also seen on Blackpool Promenade on March 9 with crew pitched up outside a fictional bar called ‘Bar Mitzvah’.

In Chorley, filming was seen taking place over a couple of days on Dick Lane in Brinscall.

It is thought that filming also look place at other locations across the county – and the North West – for the show.

The series is based on Harlan Coben’s number one New York Times bestselling novel of the same name.

The eight-part crime drama sees Nesbitt playing a detective, Michael Broome, who is haunted by an unsolved case, and features famed US thriller writer Coben as an executive producer.

The series focuses on “four people who conceal dark secrets” from those close to them. RED Production Company, the same production company behind Channel 4’s ‘It’s a Sin’, has been commissioned by Netflix to create the show.

The series has a star-studded cast that has three leads; James Nesbitt, Richard Armitage and Cush Jumbo.

Filming for Stay Close in Blackpool
Filming for Stay Close in Blackpool (Image: Ian Fairbrother)

The team behind the smash hit Netflix show ‘The Stranger’ and 2018’s ‘Safe’ have joined together to collaborate on this which is their fourth drama.

Filming for major TV shows is much more common in Lancashire today than it once was. In addition to the Stay Close filming, 2021 has seen Star Wars filming in Cleveleys, The Bay filming in Morecambe, Brassic in Bacup and Peaky Blinders over in Rossendale.

James Nesbitt has said doing the Netflix original series was “an opportunity to open a different door again”.

Nesbitt said: “I know I’ve played a lot of policemen, recently that’s all I seem to do is play a policeman. Obviously people recognise the good in me, or the screw-up in me, but this character was optimistic.

“I’ve played a lot of extreme characters in the last while, and I just thought, there was someone who is one of the good guys in a way, but yet with a complicated internal kind of process going on his life and in his mind. So I loved that.

“Everything I thought about this job, the boxes that you hope to be able to tick, it turns out that it was very easy early on to be able to tick. Also, I’ve never done a Netflix original series. I haven’t done anything like that before, and so just the scale of that, it was an opportunity to open a different door again, when so many doors have been closed.”