Hatfield House appears in Bafta-nominated film The Favourite
Staff at a historic house that formed the backdrop for movie The Favourite are delighted after it won seven Bafta film awards.
About 85% of the bawdy period comedy, which stars Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, was shot at Hatfield House.
Sarah Cardall-Spawforth, one of the Hertfordshire property's managers, said staff were "passionate" about the film.
The Favourite received 12 nominations and won Best Production Design, while Colman won Best Actress.
The period drama, which also stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz (who picked up Best Supporting Actress), tells the story of the female courtiers fighting for the affections of the queen, who reigned 1702-1714.
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Film crews arrived at Hatfield House in February 2017 and stayed until mid-May, recording scenes in the Marble Hall, the library and the Long Gallery, among others.
Ms Cardall-Spawforth said it was "very lucky" the Jacobean house was closed to the public and furniture and fittings were moved around constantly.
"We're normally open from April to September, but we delayed the opening by a couple of weeks," she said.
"We would strike one room out, reinstate it and move on, so our in-house team were on standby quite a lot."
Ms Cardall-Spawforth revealed the lavish King James Drawing Room doubled as Anne's bedroom in the film.
"It is normally filled with paintings and portraits, but even the chandeliers had to come down," she said.
"It was a bit like something out of Only Fools and Horses - the risk of them dropping it made it rather scary."
Ms Cardall-Spawforth said the three leading women, who are all up for Baftas, were "very respectful of the property".
"They were absolutely fantastic - very approachable and lovely to be around," she said.
The Favourite has led to "increased levels of interest" in the property, where Paddington, The King's Speech and Shakespeare in Love were also filmed.