A-list actress in Weston Restaurant

PUBLISHED: 11:00 30 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:26 25 May 2010

A FAMILY run restaurant in Weston was used as a film set last Friday as actress Keira Knightley and a film crew of 50 took over the premises.

A FAMILY run restaurant in Weston was used as a film set last Friday as actress Keira Knightley and a film crew of 50 took over the premises.

The A-list celebrity, famous for her roles in Bend It Like Beckham and Atonement, used the Regent Restaurant near the seafront as a setting for the film production Never Let Me Go.

The production company arrived restaurant at 6.30am and areas of Regent Street were blocked off for security.

Co-owner Andrew Demetriou, said: "It really was like a dream when Keira and the crew turned up.

"It was just all so surreal I can't explain it.

"She looked flawless, just like a porcelain doll."

Alex, and his brother George, were both on hand when the filming took place but at times were asked to leave so Keira could have more privacy.

The film crew stayed until 8pm and Alex was told they may return in the future to re-film certain scenes.

The 1980s style restaurant on Regent Street is renowned for having old-fashioned décor which fits in with the film's plot.

English company DNA Films is behind the production which is based on a novel about the alternative history of a woman who reflects back on her school years.

Alex, aged 27, said a film locations manager visited him a month ago to check out the restaurants surroundings.

After taking several pictures and gaining the director's approval, a film crew of 30 people arrived at the eatery last month to film a practice run.

Alex, who runs the restaurant with George, said: "They loved the location as it has sea views and as anyone can tell it is not the most modern.

"We are an old-style family-run restaurant that serves good food that is why people love it here.

"The restaurant has been in the family for 40 years, so this really is a once in a life time experience and once the film is released we will all be heading to the cinema.

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