3 Mills Studios

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Entrance gate to 3 Mills Studios in August 2016

The site of a former distillery in Three Mills became a dedicated centre for film and television production with the establishment in the 1980s of Bow Studios, Three Mills Island Studios and Edwin Shirley Productions. In the mid-1990s the three studios merged to become 3 Mills Studios under the management of Workspace Group.[1]

In August 2004, the London Development Agency acquired 3 Mills Studios. As parent organisation of the Creative London agency, the LDA's role included supporting business and skills, researching industry needs, and promoting London for film-making.[2] The site is now one of London's most important film and TV studios. From 2010 - 2012 it played host to the LOCOG teams organising the opening, closing & victory ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Planning, auditions and rehearsals as well as costume, set, music and lighting design all took place at the 3 Mills Studios.

Ownership transferred to the Olympic Park Legacy Company in 2010. The Legacy Company is the organisation responsible for planning, developing and managing the Olympic Park after the London 2012 Games.[3][4]

The studios were used as the main base of Channel 4's series of Big Brother from 2000 to 2001. They are also used for the quiz show The Million Pound Drop Live, hosted by former Big Brother presenter Davina McCall.

Studio facilities[edit]

There are 11 stages (totalling 80,000 square feet or 7,432 square metres). The site has period buildings dating from the 1700s onwards. There are 170 production offices, 10 rehearsal rooms, make up & dressing rooms.[5]


Many feature films have been made at the Studios include; Attack the Block, Berberian Sound Studio, Eastern Promises, Fantastic Mr Fox, Frankenweenie, iLL Manors, Made in Dagenham, Never Let Me Go, The Reader, Sunshine (2007 film), Trance (2013 film), 28 Days Later and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

Television shows made at the studios include Million Pound Drop Live, Stand up to Cancer, Mr Stink, Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy, The Midnight Beast, Bad Girls and London's Burning.

Theatre and opera rehearsals also take place in the studios, for English National Opera (ENO), We Will Rock You, Starlight Express and others.[2]


  1. ^ History of 3 Mills Studios
  2. ^ a b "Film Friendly London". Greater London Authority. October 2006. Archived from the original on 24 October 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  3. ^ 3 Mills Studios, Olympic Park Legacy Company. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  4. ^ 3 Mills Studios, London Legacy Development Corporation. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  5. ^ Studios, UK Film Council. Retrieved 24 October 2011.