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3 Mills Studios is a centre for film, television and theatre production near Stratford in East London. The site of a former distillery in Three Mills became a dedicated centre for television and film production work 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 television studios.

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


3 Mills Studios has over 75,000 square feet (6,967.72 square metres) of filming space, including 9 filming stages and 11 theatrical rehearsal stages. Stage 7 at 13,483 square feet (1,252.63 square metres) is the largest, while Stage 2 at 3,219 square feet (299.07 square metres) is the smallest.[5][6]

The 10,437 square feet (969.64 square metres) Stage 5 has a similar floor size to the Royal Albert Hall.[7]

Of the 9 rehearsal rooms, Rehearsal Room 6 at 2,507 square feet (232.9 square metres) is the largest. Rehearsal Room 3 at 280.9 square feet (26.1 square metres) is the smallest.[8]

3 Mills Studios has a large range of ancillary spaces including; production offices, props workshops, 5 prop stores ranging from 712 to 1,319 square feet (66.14 to 122.53 square metres), make-up rooms, and dressing rooms.[9][10][11]


3 Mills Studios has become a hub for stop motion animation films and has hosted Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs and Fantastic Mr Fox and Tim Burton's Frankenweenie and Corpse Bride.

Many feature films have been made at 3 Mills Studios, including: Legend, Attack the Block, Berberian Sound Studio, Eastern Promises, ill Manors, Powder Room, Made in Dagenham, Never Let Me Go, Farming and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

Danny Boyle has also been known to frequently return to 3 Mills Studios and has shot several films at the studios including: Sunshine, Trance, and 28 Days Later.

3 Mills Studios main focus has been on television shows. Credits include: The Royals, The Rook, Cleaning Up, Luther, Giri/Haji, The Sound of Music Live, Year of the Rabbit, Al Murray's Great British Pub Quiz, The Million Pound Drop Live, Stand Up to Cancer, Bad Girls and Jekyll and Hyde.

3 Mills Studios has been home to BBC's MasterChef since 2014.

3 Mills was home to Channel 4's Big Brother for the first and second series along with the first series of Celebrity Big Brother.

Many stars from the music world have rehearsed, filmed music videos, or advertising campaigns at 3 Mills Studios, including: Little Mix, Calvin Harris, P!nk, Dua Lipa, One Direction, Justin Bieber, Jessie J, Paloma Faith, Robbie Williams, Paul McCartney, Miley Cyrus, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Ellie Goulding and Olly Murs.

Other clients include: Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, English National Opera, Raymond Gubbay Limited, Shakespeare's Globe, English National Ballet, Versace, Audi, Waitrose, Nissan, Gillette, Samsung, Gucci, Topshop, B&Q, and Adidas.[12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23]

3 Mills Studios also housed many rehearsals for the 2012 Summer Olympics opening and closing ceremonies.


  1. ^ "History of 3 Mills Studios". Archived from the original on 2013-07-19. Retrieved 2014-07-13.
  2. ^ "Film Friendly London". Greater London Authority. October 2006. Archived from the original on 9 October 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  3. ^ 3 Mills Studios, Olympic Park Legacy Company. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  4. ^ 3 Mills Studios Archived 2014-01-06 at the Wayback Machine, London Legacy Development Corporation. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  5. ^ "About 3 Mills Studios".
  6. ^ "Stages at 3 Mills Studios".
  7. ^ "Stage 5 size comparison to the Royal Albert Hall".
  8. ^ "Rehearsal Rooms at 3 Mills Studios".
  9. ^ "Production Offices at 3 Mills Studios".
  10. ^ "Prop Stores and Workshops at 3 Mills Studios".
  11. ^ "Make-Up and Dressing Rooms at 3 Mills Studios".
  12. ^ "3 Mills Studios Showreel".
  13. ^ "Stage 1 Clients".
  14. ^ "Stage 2 Clients".
  15. ^ "Stage 4 Clients".
  16. ^ "Stage 5 Clients".
  17. ^ "Stage 6 Clients".
  18. ^ "Stage 7 Clients".
  19. ^ "Stage 8 Clients".
  20. ^ "Stage 9 Clients".
  21. ^ "Stage 11 Clients".
  22. ^ "Stage 12 Clients".
  23. ^ "Stage 15 Clients".

Coordinates: 51°31′38″N 00°00′21″W / 51.52722°N 0.00583°W / 51.52722; -0.00583