Sadiq Khan backs plan to build London’s largest film and TV studios

The proposed studios would be the first to be built in the capital for 25 years

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has given his support for plans to build a new TV and film studio in the capital.

The proposed complex would house the largest production facility in London and be the first to be built in 25 years.

The mayor has commissioned a feasibility study into creating the studios with Dagenham being considered as the site for the project.

Khan said: “From James Bond and Star Wars to Harry Potter and Bridget Jones’s Baby, London has a vibrant production history and some of the best studios in the world. To sustain and grow this success story, it is critical that the capital gets significantly more studio and production capacity to maximize the opportunities for film-making.

London is the world’s third-busiest city for film production, behind Los Angeles and New York.

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Around two-thirds of the British film industry is based in and around the capital. Recent big-budget films that have been filmed in London include Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and Doctor Strange, as well as TV dramas such as BBC’s Undercover and Channel 4 sci-fi thriller Humans.

Dagenham has a number of notable film alumni including actor and screenwriter Nick Frost, who collaborated with Simon Pegg on Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Paul.

The Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, Darren Rodwell said: “We are working together to create a blockbuster deal to generate hundreds of exciting opportunities for local young people and bolster Barking and Dagenham’s reputation as London’s latest creative hotspot. Our ambition is that in future, Dagenham will become world famous for films rather than Fords.”