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  • 13 April 2014, 17:41

Suffragette Cast Make History At Parliament

Westminster has been taken back in time for a film about Suffragettes - the first movie allowed to use Parliament as a set.

British actresses Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham-Carter and Anne-Marie Duff were joined by 250 extras playing a mob of rioters at the House of Parliament in the early 20th century.

The film, which also stars Meryl Streep as Emmeline Pankhurst, tracks the struggle for women to get the vote.

The Oscar-winning actress was also expected on set to shoot scenes at the historic venue.

In the past no commercial filming has been allowed in the parliamentary buildings - with producers forced to assemble replicas of the historic chambers.

However, the Commons authorities have decided to carry out a pilot in an effort to raise revenue and cut running costs.

As MPs began their Easter holiday, New Palace Yard - under the shadow of Big Ben, was filled with cameras, crew and a selection of veteran cars and horses.

Some of the six-week shoot has already taken place.

Suffragette, which is scheduled for release in 2015, tells the story about women's quest for equal voting rights in the early 20th century, led by Pankhurst.

Mulligan stars as Maud, one of the early Women's Social and Political Union members, while Romola Garai and Ben Whishaw also have roles.

When Streep portrayed former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, Manchester Town Hall was used to depict parts of the Palace of Westminster.

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