BILLY ELLIOT, 2000
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County Durham: the village of Easington Colliery is on the coast east of Easington itself, about eight miles south of Sunderland.
Billy Elliot location: site of Billy’s home: Easington Colliery, County Durham
Billy Elliot location: Mrs Wilkinson drops Billy off after the dance lesson: Angus Street, Easington Colliery, County Durham
The fictitious town of ‘Everington’ is the village of Easington Colliery, alongside Easington itself (mirroring the events of the film, the actual colliery closed in 1993, bringing major unemployment to the area).
Billy’s house, the fictitious ‘5 Alnwick Street’, was 5 Andrew Street. The street has been demolished, replaced by a carpet of featureless green, though you’ll still recognize the wall on Ashton Street, at the bottom of Billy’s street with it’s faded bingo sign and, nearby, the spot where Mrs Wilkinson (Julie Walters) drops Billy (Jamie Bell) off at the top of Angus Street after his dance lesson.
Billy Elliot location: Billy’s brother is chased by the police: Anthony Street, Easington Colliery, County Durham
In the heat of the miners’ dispute, Billy’s brother Tony (Jamie Draven) is arrested after a frantic chase by the police on Anthony Street.
Billy Elliot location: site of Billy’s home:Billy dances: Embleton Street, Dawdon, County Durham
The street with the sea view, down which Billy dances, is Embleton Street in nearby Dawdon.
Billy Elliot location: the working men’s club: Dawdon Miners’ Welfare Hall, Mount Stewart Street, Dawdon, County Durham
Also in Dawdon is Dawdon Miners’ Welfare Hall, Mount Stewart Street, which became the miners’ hall where Billy’s dad announces he’s passed the audition, only to discover the glum return to work.
With the mine at Easington Colliery closed, the mining sequences had to be shot way to the north at Ellington and Lynemouth Mine in Northumberland.
Billy Elliot location: the bridge: Tees Transporter Bridge, Middlesborough, County Durham
Photograph: iStockphoto / Tim Awe
The bridge Billy and Mrs Wilkinson cross is the Tees Transporter Bridge, known as the Transporter or the Tranny. England’s only working transporter bridge, its suspended 'gondola' can carry up to 200 people, or nine cars, across River Tees from Middlesbrough, on the south bank, to Port Clarence on the north in 90 seconds.
Billy Elliot location: the youth centre where Billy practises his dance moves: Hanwell Community Centre, Hanwell, West London
As ever, there’s a bit of location trickery: it’s not all up North. The interior of the youth centre where Billy practises his dance moves is in London. It’s the Hanwell Community Centre, Westcott Crescent, Hanwell, London W7. This incongruous Gothic block, looming over modern suburban houses, was once the reception block for the Victorian poor school where young Charlie Chaplin became a resident after his mother’s breakdown. In more recent times, rock band Deep Purple came together in its rehearsal space.
Billy Elliot location: Billy’s Dad and his brother see him perform in Swan Lake: Theatre Royal Haymarket, London
Billy’s proud dad and brother go to see the grown-up Billy (in the person of dancer Adam Cooper) in Matthew Bourne’s radical male Swan Lake, at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Haymarket, London SW1.