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Filming underway in Bristol for season two of Alex Rider

Filming underway in Bristol for season two of Alex Rider

Filming for season two of Amazon Prime’s teen spy thriller Alex Rider is underway in Bristol, with assistance from our Film Office team.

Eleventh Hour Films is producing the second season of the hit title based on the bestselling novels written by Anthony Horowitz, which is shooting on location across the city with unit base, permits and locations support provided by Bristol Film Office.

Otto Farrant & Vicky McClure in Alex Rider (image credit Amazon Prime Video)

The series stars Otto Farrant (Mrs Wilson) as Alex Rider, a London based teenager who has unknowingly been trained since childhood for the dangerous world of espionage. Otto will once again be joined by season 1 co-stars Vicky McClure (Line of Duty), Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones), Brenock O’Connor Game of Thrones) and Ronke Adekoluejo.

Season two will be based on Eagle Strike, the fourth novel in the best-selling Alex Rider franchise, and like series one, will stream exclusively as an Amazon Original on Prime Video in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Latin America and U.K., and as an IMDb TV Original in the U.S. Anthony Horowitz, the author of the book franchise, will once again serve as an Executive Producer alongside Jill Green, Eve Gutierrez, and series writer Guy Burt.

This week it was confirmed that stage and screen actor Toby Stephens (Die Another Day, Jane Eyre, Lost In Space, Black Sails), Rakie Ayola (Jimmy McGovern’s Anthony and Noughts and Crosses) and newcomer Charithra Chandran are among the names joining the cast of season two.

I’m really thrilled to be part of Alex Rider season 2 and working with Eleventh Hour Films again. My son loves the Alex Rider books so it’s lovely to be a part of something that he recognises and enjoys – and it’s been a while since I played a good nemesis, so I’m really look forward to being the bad guy and going toe to toe with Alex Rider.

Toby Stephens

Stephens will be playing energetic tech billionaire Damian Cray who is poised to launch a new version of his best-selling computer game: Feathered Serpent. Ayola appears as Jo Byrne, the tough new Deputy Director of the CIA who is brought to the UK ahead of a visit by the US President. Newcomer Chandran, recently graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, plays smart and confident teen Sabina Pleasance whose journalist father is writing a book on Cray and becomes entangled with Alex while on holiday in Cornwall. Alex Rider is Chandran’s first major screen credit.

With a blockbuster launch in 2020 on Amazon Prime Video in the UK and IMDb TV, Amazon’s free streaming service, in the U.S., Alex Rider season one has aired in over 100 territories worldwide.

The Alex Rider series has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. Anthony Horowitz is best known for other young adult fiction series, The Power of Five and The Diamond Brothers, and has previously written for TV series including Foyle’s War, Collision, New Blood, Poirot and Midsomer Murders.

Other productions currently filming in Bristol with assistance from Bristol Film Office include Stephen Merchant’s The Offenders for BBC One and Amazon Prime Video starring Christopher Walken and Sky Original series Extinction starring Paapa Essiedu.