Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth is filming in Cumbria - and he enjoyed Sunday lunch at a local pub. Firth, 59, is making a film in the county with American actor Stanley Tucci.

Last Sunday they called at The Sun Inn, Bassenthwaite, for lunch. The pub’s Facebook account published a photograph of a staff member with the actors, with the comment ‘Look who was eating lunch at my pub’.

Firth is among the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful actors in the world. He came to prominence in 1995 when starring as Mr Darcy in the BBC’s production of Pride and Prejudice. He has had notable roles in films including Bridget Jones’s Diary, Love Actually and Mamma Mia! In 2011 he won the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the future King George VI in The King’s Speech.

Tucci, 58, was nominated as Best Supporting Actor at the 2009 Academy Awards for his role in The Lovely Bones. His other film credits include The Devil Wears Prada and The Hunger Games.

Firth and Tucci are friends, having worked together on the 2001 film Conspiracy and 2012’s Gambit. They are believed to be filming in Cumbria for several weeks, for a project which is due to be released next year.

Cumbria has been a location for many films. Firth’s Bridget Jones’s Diary co-star Renée Zellweger filmed much of her 2006 film Miss Potter, about the life of Beatrix Potter, in the county. Locations included Keswick, Derwentwater, Coniston and The Rum Story in Whitehaven. Much of the 1987 black comedy Withnail and I, starring Richard E Grant and Paul McGann, was filmed in the Shap area.

Both the 1974 and 2016 versions of Swallows and Amazons were filmed at Coniston.

Cumbria has also been seen in films which are far removed from the county’s chocolate box image. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, filmed in 2014, features Derwentwater as the backdrop to a spaceship battle. This was suggested by the film’s location manager Mally Chung, who comes from Carlisle.

The final scenes of 2002 horror film 28 Days Later were filmed at Ennerdale. And 2012 comedy horror Sightseers was filmed largely in Cumbria, including a scene at Derwent Pencil Museum in Keswick.