Six movies filmed at Heathrow Terminal 5

Spooks: Peter Firth (Harry) and Kit Harrington (Will) get intense about something in Terminal 5

Spies. Alien invasions. Middle-aged synchronised swimmers. According to the movies, Heathrow Terminal 5 is one giant hub of adventure and intrigue.

For Hollywood location scouts there’s something magnetic about Terminal 5. Maybe it’s the landmark architecture, the unique atmosphere or the hundreds of emotional farewells and reunions every day. Whatever it is, in the 10 years since Terminal 5 opened, no fewer than six major productions have filmed location scenes there. Here’s the list …

Spooks: The Greater Good

  • Released: 2015
  • Certificate: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 62%

This British TV spin-off features Game Of Thrones‘ Kit Harrington as a former MI5 agent and Peter Firth in his small-screen role as disgraced spymaster Harry. There’s a key scene at a gate in Terminal 5. Critics and audiences were split over the big-screen interpretation – check the clip above and decide which side you’re on.

Gambit

Gambit: The art expert, the forger and the cowgirl with expensive tastes
  • Released: 2012
  • Certificate: 12A
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 17%

Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz and Alan rickman star in this Coen Brothers crime caper. The plot revolves around an unlikely partnership between a Texas rodeo queen and a stuffy art expert, as they plan a sting involving a fake Monet. Sadly, the big names couldn’t rescue the movie from a critical mauling. In the Heathrow scene, Firth and Peter Courtney meet Diaz in arrivals and disagree over expenses.

Our Kind Of Traitor

  • Released: 2016
  • Certificate: 15
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 72%

This John Le Carré thriller stars Ewan McGregor as a teacher plunged into a world of spies and gangsters with the help of Damian Lewis. There’s an interior scene shot in Terminal 5, of which location manager Adam Richards says: “It was a bit of a coup – it has never been done before.”

Edge Of Tomorrow

Edge Of Tomorrow: Live. Die. Repeat. In Terminal 5
  • Released: 2014
  • Certificate: 12A
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: 90%

Aliens meets Groundhog Day in this sci-fi war film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Terminal 5 takes a starring role as the base for a doomed attack on alien hordes which is mysteriously repeated day after day. This one was a big hit with critics and audiences alike.

The Counsellor

  • Released: 2013
  • Certificate: 18
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: N/A

Terminal 5 check-in can be glimpsed behind a striding Brad Pitt in the official trailer for Ridley Scott’s crime thriller. Said trailer is both too risqué and too gory for family viewing, but the scene is at 1min 51sec if you choose to hunt it down. Despite a stellar cast, the film itself received ‘polarising’ reviews.

Swimming With Men

  • Filmed: 2017
  • Released: Still in post-production
  • Certificate: N/A
  • Rotten Tomatoes rating: N/A

Rob Brydon and Jane Horrocks star in ‘The Full Monty in Speedos‘. They’re still putting the finishing touches to what is very possibly apparently not the first ever synchronised swimming movie.

Location Heathrow

It isn’t just Terminal 5 that attracts movie makers. Here are some more well known titles that feature Heathrow scenes.

  • Love Actually (2003): all-star romcom – Terminal 1
  • Red Sparrow (2018): J-Law spy thriller – Terminal 2
  • The Bourne Ultimatum (2006): Matt Damon thriller – old Terminal 2
  • A Fish Called Wanda (1988): John Cleese caper
  • Bend It Like Beckham (2002): Keira Knightley debuts as a footballer
  • Die Another Day (2002): More spies – Pierce Brosnan as Bond.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg – real movie nerds will find dozens more at IMDb.com.

Looking to film at Heathrow?

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