Former Doctor Who star Catherine Tate had no need of the Tardis for her latest journey. The comedienne currently finds herself in the land of the Lilliputians as cameras roll on the upcoming big screen adaptation of Gulliver’s Travels.
Mixing dark shades with the stylized silhouettes of yesteryear, the actress strolled around Old Royal Naval College recently as she waited for her cue. A baroque beauty standing on the south bank of the River Thames, the Sir Christopher Wren-created architectural wonder is a star in its own right, having appeared in The Mummy Returns, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Four Weddings and A Funeral. Proud of its cinematic past, visitors are encouraged to explore the Greenwich London landmark’s Hollywood history in a self-guided Movie Magic tour, running June 6 – 14th.
The elaborate ensembles worn by Tate as well as other cast members Jack Black (who will portray the movie’s literary lead Lemuel Gulliver) and Billy Connolly seemed to fit their sophisticated surroundings when the troupe of thespians filmed at Blenheim Palace in May. A popular sightseeing attraction, a virtual vision of a chambermaid takes tourists through 300 years of history at the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Another example of Baroque architecture, the dignified domain has also previously appeared on the silver screen in Kenneth Branaugh’s version of Hamlet and The Young Victoria, a retelling of Queen Victoria’s early years which starred another member of Gulliver’s Travels cast, Emily Blunt.