Video: Game of Thrones prequel star Matt Smith spotted in Hope Valley as film crews descend on village

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An actor who stars in the Game of Thrones spin-off has been spotted as film crews descended on a Peak District village.

Reporter Steven Ross saw star Matt Smith, who plays Prince Daemon Targaryen in the upcoming Game of Thrones spin off series House of the Dragon, in Castleton on Thursday morning.

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A large film crew and horses were also present in the picturesque village.

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Film crews in Castleton.Film crews in Castleton.
Film crews in Castleton.

Steven spoke to crew members at the old war memorial in Castleton but they said they had signed a non-disclosure agreement.

Another source said they had been told that locals had ‘encountered an 80-strong film crew on the old Mam Tor Road’.

He said: “They think they’ve picked the Peak District as the new New Zealand for next Game of Thrones series.”

A one-way system has also been in place in the village to get plant lorries through as filming continues.

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Cast and crew have been seen filming in the Castleton area.Cast and crew have been seen filming in the Castleton area.
Cast and crew have been seen filming in the Castleton area.

House of the Dragon is the prequel to Game of Thrones, coming to HBO and HBO Max.

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Based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire and Blood, the series is set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones, and tells the story of House Targaryen at the height of its power.

Matt Smith is probably best-known for playing the eleventh incarnation of the Doctor in the BBC series Doctor Who and Prince Philip in the Netflix series The Crown.