THE star of BBC detective series Death In Paradise has been at work in York on his latest film.
Actor Kris Marshall, known for his roles in My Family, Love Actually and, most recently, the Caribbean murder mystery drama Death In Paradise, was spotted in Heslington pub the Deramore Arms taking a break from post-production work on romantic comedy Sparks And Embers.
Kris, 40, had been in the city recording extra dialogue for the film at Heslington Studios – the commercial arm of the University of York's film, theatre and television department.
The film is co-produced by Bubwith-based Green Screen Productions and Cinemagine.
Kris and colleagues from the cast and crew popped in to the Deramore Arms, close to the university campus, on Thursday evening when they were served by supervisor Derek Earl.
Derek said: “They came in about 6pm and stayed for three hours, in a group of around seven. It was quite busy, and a few people were asking if that was him, but nobody went over to them.”
My Family fan Derek said the pub has seen a few famous faces in the 18 months he has worked there – from Geordie comedian Ross Noble to footballer Paul Robinson.
Although most of the film’s shooting took place in London, it moved to Yorkshire for post-production work at Green Screen's home in Bubwith and the state-of-the-art facilities at Heslington Studios.
Alan Latham, producer and managing director of Green Screen Productions, said the company felt extremely lucky to have world-class facilities on their doorstep at the University of York.
Carole Dove, commercial director of Heslington Studios, said: “It's really good that companies are looking further afield than the typical London post-production houses. Here in York we offer a first-class, great-value service, working with highly skilled industry professionals.
"Sparks And Embers is our third feature film in the past 12 months and we have more exciting titles to come in 2014/15."
Sparks And Embers also stars French actress Annelise Hesme, who was also in York for post-production work last week. The film is set for release later this year.