Where was Stay Close on Netflix filmed? All the Manchester and north west locations

Stay Close is the big new Netflix thriller set to get everyone binge-watching from its worldwide debut on New Year’s Eve.

The new Harlan Coben drama boasts an all-star cast – but it will also see Manchester and the north west feature prominently in all the action.

While Coben’s original book was set in Atlantic city in America, it was all set on location here in the north west of England for the Netflix take on the story.

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Creator Coben said: “[As well as Manchester], we also used Blackpool, while the book is set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Blackpool really looks a lot like Atlantic City!

“It’s always a challenge to move things around.”

Here we take a look at some of the places you can expect to spot in the 8-part series, which is now available to watch on Netflix.

The gripping drama follows the seemingly perfect suburban life of mum Megan (Cush Jumbo) who has a dark secret in her past that comes back to haunt her.

Meanwhile detectives investigating a missing person begin to fear a serial killer is actually on the loose.

The series stars Richard Armitage as Ray, who Netflix fans will recall last filmed in Manchester for The Stranger, as well as Cold Feet star James Nesbitt and ex-EastEnder Jo Joyner as the murder detectives and Eddie Izzard as dodgy lawyer Harry.

Manchester city centre bars and restaurants

Eagle-eyed viewers will spot plenty of city scenes and bars in the series.

The Refuge bar on Oxford Road was the stunning setting for the glam hen night out for Megan seen in the opening episode, where the ladies take part in a life-drawing class.

Refuge Bar and Restaurant, Oxford Road

The Refuge on Oxford Road features in Stay Close

Meanwhile David’s stag party was filmed inside The Edwardian Manchester Hotel on Peter Street.

Also look out for the Northern Quarter, a popular filming location for a raft of blockbuster movies and TV dramas, where its atmospheric back streets will once again be used for chase scenes.

Vipers club – Manchester and Formby

Vipers club is at the heart of the action in Stay Close

At the heart of the drama is the lapdancing club Vipers where sinister things are afoot – and where Megan used to work as her alter-ego dancer Cassie.

The club exterior for Vipers was created at the derelict former nightclub Shorrocks Hill in Formby in a woodland setting.

It was painted a shocking pink for the filming which may fox those who frequented the famous club back in the day.

However Manchester revellers will no doubt spot that the swanky interiors of the club were actually all filmed at the popular Impossible Bar on Peter Street in the city centre.

Filming on Netflix drama Stay Close has been spotted in Manchester city centre

Film crews and Stay Close’s stars were spotted filming at the venue over a number of weeks during the spring and summer this year.

They were handily able to use the basement nightclub area of the venue during lockdown closures.

Northern Lawn Tennis Club

Sarah Parish in Stay Close on Netflix, in a scene shot at Northern Lawn Tennis Club in West Didsbury

In the opening episode we can expect to see a very prominent scene set in West Didsbury’s Northern Lawn Tennis Club.

As well-heeled parents are seen watching their children playing lawn tennis at the club, an eerie moment will see the main character of Megan lock eyes with a mysterious woman in the crowds.

We soon learn that Lorraine, played by Cutting It star Sarah Parish, knows Megan from her past life when she was known as “Cassie” and was a lapdancer in Blackpool.

Heaton Moor and the ‘burbs

Netflix drama Stay Close was filmed in Heaton Moor

Film crews headed out to the suburbs to film some of the tense scenes in the drama including to Heaton Moor.

Watch out for acclaimed cafe/deli Pokusevski as the setting for a dramatic meeting between Megan (Cush Jumbo) and Lorraine (Sarah Parish) as she delivers some shocking news.

There are also sweeping scene of the ‘burbs as we see more inside the seemingly perfect life of lead character Megan, where the film crew headed out to the large Victorian villa-lined avenues of Didsbury and Whalley Range.


Actor Richard Armitage filmed in Blackpool

We can expect plenty of sweeping scenes of Blackpool’s sea front, Central Pier and all the glittering lights of the illuminations.

The seaside town will be seen in a whole host of scenes in the drama, where photographer Ray now lives.

Megan is seen driving back to the seaside town to confront her past demons, while the police drama ultimately lead there.

The Dream head sculpture

The Dream sculpture in St Helen’s will loom large in Stay Close on Netflix

A distinctive “meeting point” in the drama will be familiar to many who travel down the M62 between Manchester and Liverpool.

For while In the book Coben uses the meeting point as the giant “Lucy the Elephant” sculpture in Atlantic City, in the Netflix series it’s The Dream head sculpture based in Sutton Manor woods in St Helen’s.

The spectacular 20 metre high public artwork can just be seen from the M62 when you drive past, or you can walk to it to admire the work by artist Jaume Plensa on the site of the former colliery.

The sculpture is seen from the opening moments of the drama and will loom large throughout, as it soon becomes clear in flashback scenes that something very nasty happened here.


The Runcorn-Widnes Bridge

The Silver Jubilee Bridge between Runcorn and Widnes is used as the perfect metaphor in the series to see Megan travelling from her cosy comy existent and returning to her past life.

We get to see dramatic views across the Cheshire and Merseyside coast as Megan journeys to address ghosts from her past.

Stay Close is available to watch on Netflix from December 31.