Netflix sci-fi drama The One filmed in various Bristol locations

The futuristic Netflix drama stars Hannah Ware and is adapted from the book by John Marrs

By Nia Daniels 2 Mar 2021

Netflix sci-fi drama The One filmed in various Bristol locations
Hannah Ware in The One, via Netflix

A new futuristic drama for Netflix, The One, filmed in various Bristol locations with assistance from the Bristol Film Office

Urban Myth Films produced the eight-part series in association with STUDIOCANAL; it filmed in Bristol in late 2019 and early 2020, with some filming also taking place in Cardiff and Newport.

Based on the psychological thriller of the same name by John Marrs, The One is created, written and executive produced by Howard Overman and exec produced by Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy for Urban Myth. 

The story is set five minutes into the future, in a world where a DNA test can find your perfect partner – the one person you’re genetically predisposed to fall passionately in love with. Hannah Ware stars as Rebecca, the ambitious and impulsive CEO and founder of MatchDNA, a company that pairs people with their soulmates. The cast includes Dimitri Leonidas, Amir El-Masry, Stephen Campbell Moore and Wilf Scolding. 

A range of Bristol locations were used for exterior filming, including Colston Street near the top of Christmas Steps, outside the Marriott Hotel on College Green, Moon Street in St Paul’s and Broad Street in Bristol’s Old City area. 

Interior filming took place at the Ironworks café on Broad Street, Pata Negra on Clare Street, Dela coffee shop on Easton’s Mivart Street, Bristol City Yoga studio on Backfields Lane in St Paul’s and a Stapleton Road supermarket.

Bristol properties were also used for the homes of key characters. A harbourside apartment at Westgate on Caledonian Road provided the location for Megan’s flat, a residence on St Werburgh’s Mina Road was the interior of Kate’s flat and a property on Southville’s Greville Road was the location for Amy’s home.

Producer Adam Knopf said: “Bristol Film Office have yet again proved how accommodating they can be to make sure the process of scouting, prepping and shooting a series in the city goes smoothly. Their support was fantastic and has helped us nurture an ongoing relationship that we hope can continue.”

Urban Myth Films regularly chooses Bristol for filming, with its 2016 E4 and Netflix comedy horror series Crazyhead and two series of FOX TV’s War of the Worlds starring Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern having used the city. The company is also currently in production there shooting Sky Original thriller Extinction starring Paapa Essiedu. 


Images courtesy of Netflix. 

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