Dustin Hoffman in Bucks movie shoot

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Dustin Hoffman has chosen a magnificent privately-owned Georgian country house in Buckinghamshire to shoot most of Quartet, his new movie and directorial debut.

Harry Potter stars Dame Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon and comedian Billy Connolly spent three months shooting 24 scenes at Hedsor House in Taplow.

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The comedy follows residents at a home for retired opera singers, who unite to stage a concert and raise funds for the building – which in the movie is called Beecham House.

Hoffman is well know for Academy award-winning performances in films such as Rain Man in 1988 and Wag The Dog in 1997. He also appears in 2004’s Meet The Fockers and Finding Neverland.

The 75 year old chose Hedsor House after being impressed with its grand hall, ballroom, central staircase and boudoir.

Line producer Nick O’Hagan said: “As soon as we visited Hedsor House, Dustin knew it was special.

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“Hedsor House is not only stunning, but as it is privately owned by the Shephard family it crucially offered us exclusivity and privacy while filming, as well as the flexibility to create Beecham House just as we wanted it.”

Nick Shephard, whose grandmother was given Hedsor House as a wedding present in 1934, said: “Since restoring the house and grounds to their former elegance and launching it as a wedding, events and filming venue in 2008, it’s been an exciting time for the family.

“We know former generations of the Shephard family would be tickled pink to see Hedsor House have such a pivotal role in Quartet.”

The movie will be released on January 1, 2013.

For more details about the South Bucks-based home visit www.hedsor.com