Filth and Game of Thrones star returns to Capital to film new drama

Filmset for Clique, a new drama on BBC Three. Picture; Ian Georgeson
Filmset for Clique, a new drama on BBC Three. Picture; Ian Georgeson
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HE’S travelled the world to star in top television shows and groundbreaking films.

But now Emun Elliott has returned to his hometown of Edinburgh to film his latest venture.

Actor Emun Elliott in Glasgow. Picture;  Robert Perry

Actor Emun Elliott in Glasgow. Picture; Robert Perry

After appearing in Game of Thrones, Filth and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the former pupil of George Heriot’s School has landed a lead role in Clique, BBC Three’s brand new flagship drama.

Set in Edinburgh, the six-part series written by the creator of Skins, Jess Brittan – whose father was born in Dalkeith – tells the story of two best friends who are drawn into an elite clique of alpha girls led by their university lecturer.

Yesterday, the crew were spotted in the Meadows on their first day of filming, and are expected to be shooting at a range of locations over the coming weeks.

However, Edinburgh University will feature as one of the main back drops.

The three-month venture is being supported by Film Edinburgh.

Elliott will be joined on set by Synnove Karlsen, The Fall’s Aisling Franciosi and Sherlock’s Louise Brealey.

Rosie Ellison, film manager for Film Edinburgh said: “It’s wonderful to be welcoming another exciting TV drama to Edinburgh.

“It’s testament to the city’s reputation as a film-friendly destination that we are able to attract such high-profile productions such as this, with the council and community supportive of filming in recognition of the value it brings to a city.

“Film & TV are important influencers in visitor decisions, and if Clique helps to promote the city’s university offering, this is an added bonus.”

Emun was raised in Duddingston before he moved to Aberdeen to study a degree in in English literature and French at Aberdeen University.

After just a year, he dropped out to train at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and graduated in 2005.

He made his first TV appearance the same year when he was cast in Monarch of the Glen as Danny.

Over the years, he played various roles in a range of TV shows including Marillion in Sky’s Game of Thrones.

One of his most recent roles was Richie in the Comedy Central sitcom Threesome, written by Doctor Who scribe Tom MacRae

Gabriel Silver, Clique producer, said: “It’s been truly inspiring scouting a city as handsome and diverse as Edinburgh. Our director Robbie McKillop studied and lived here for many years and has a great instinct for capturing an utterly contemporary Edinburgh for our bracingly contemporary story.

“We have some stunning locations and I can’t wait to showcase them in our drama.”

Over 350 film and television productions shoot in Edinburgh each year.

Recent productions include One of Us, The Secret Agent, Trainspotting Two and The BFG.