Stars and Celebs in Budapest

Budapest is not only a great place for a weekend break, romantic getaway or family holiday, it is also a sought-after destination for tour promoters big and small, not to mention a great location for filming. It should be no great surprise to know that some well-known names have been here, done that. Have YOU..? Latest: Star Chef Anthony Bourdain was here filming with CNN, at the ultra-elegant New York Café in Budapest.

Blazing talents in Budapest: writer, director and superstar of new movie "Inferno" now in Budapest.
In June 2015, novelist Dan Brown, author of the DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons  was in Budapest to receive a Hungarian literary award, the Golden Book prize, awarded by the public for their favourite books, in this case, Brown's latest book in the series, entitled Inferno.

A  movie of the book is being made, and a large portion of it has been filmed in Budapest. Director Ron Howard and leading actor Tom Hanks, both multiple oscar winners met with the author. Archive Image of Director Ron Howard (left), Tom Hanks and Author Dan Brown (right) courtesy of

Robbie Williams to kick off Sziget Festival 2015

One of the most popular recording artists in the world, none other than Robbie Williams will be the star of the 2015 Sziget Festival. Although the biggest name acts are usually on the last night of the week-long music extravaganza on the island in the middle of the Danube River, this particular concert is planned for the day before the start of the festival proper, the so-called "-1 day" (10th August)

Find more infodirect  from the Sziget Website.


Celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain filming at the New York Café
Lauded as one of the most productive people on the planet, the American star chef Anthony Bourdain, hero of CNN and the "Parts Unknown" TV series was in Budapest in early 2015, fliming for more CNN exploits, wending his way through Europe. He featured some time with András Wolf, the chef at the wonderful New York Café in Budapest, and with famous cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond. See a culinary sneak peek here (not of the New York Café part) and his views on Budapest as a Visual, culinary delight. He also got a chance to look back at scenes of the 1956 uprising with famed cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, who filmed many historic scenes at the time.







Ridley Scott and Matt Damon filming "The Martian"
The 76 year old director and producer, well known for directing some 30 movies including classics such as Blade Runner, Aliens, Thelma & Louise, Black Hawk Down and Prometheus, is here for yet another Sci -Fi movie. Filming in Jordan and at an airfield in Budapest, Scott is directing and producing "The Martian" based on the Andy Weir novel. It stars 43 year old Matt Damon as a botanist and engineer accidentally stranded for years on the planet Mars. Reports have been coming in of Mr Scott appearing in the 8th district, so keep your eyes peeled.

Gerard Depardieu booked for
Budapest, 1st-2nd August April 2014

The larger-than-life French actor has two connections to Budapest at the moment. Firstly he is slated to play Napoleon (bit tall for that role, no?) in an outdoor performance of the Hungarian Opera Háry János on  August 1st-2nd.  Secondly, this actor is also a keen viniculturalist and plans to open a wine bar here in downtown Budapest. He already has two restaurants,one in Canada and two in Paris and he is certainly said to know his wine, so we look forward to that!
Image courtesy of Blikk Magazine


50 Cent and Jason Stratham filming in Hungary
Budapest, 23rd April 2014

Action movie-hero Jason Stratham is seen here with American rapper 50 Cent, on the set of the movie they are both starring in, called "Spy", to be released in about a year. The film is written and directed by Paul Feig and also stars Jude Law (below).
Image courtesy of Fan site Jason Stratham Source


Robbie Williams,
Budapest, 25th April 2014

Robbie was here playing the first concert in his 2014 world tour to promote his new album "Swings both ways" the long-awaited to the 2001 "Swing when you're winning". The tour covers 22 shows in 20 cities, but Budapest got the premier, yay, and it was apparently a gre


at show, with dancers, costumes changes and jokes galore!

Photo: via twitter and newspaper Kaposvár most


Eva Longoria
Budapest, 3rd March 2014

Best known for her role as Garbriella Solis in HBO's 8-series, award winning comedy drama "Desperate Housewives", Eva was here in Budapest as part of an advertising campaign - she will be the face for a particular pharmaceutical product produced here we believe. Anyway it seems that she had a great time!
Images: Whosay via


Bruce Willis
Budapest, May 2012

Bruce was here for filming of another in the series of Die Hard movies,(A good day to Die Hard )

but he and his second wife Emma Heming. wife took this opportunity to introduce to the world press, their new baby, Mabel Ray. Bruce (57 at the time) also has three grown-up daughters from his earlier marriage to Demi Moore. The pic was posted on twitter an entitled: 'A beautiful day in Budapest with the loves of my lif

e. Daddy and Mabel cracking each other up'.



Brad Pitt
Budapest Oct 2011

Brad filmed parts of "World War Z" here.After a problem at a filming location in Russia, lots of  the great final street battle with the zombies was switched to Hungary. Interestingly enough, a minor scandal ensued as the film company flew in trunkloads of weapons in a plrivate plane, to use in the mock-battle. To add to the dodginess, the weapons were apparently completely live and not deactivated, so  they were then seized in a movie-worthy raid by the Hungarian anti-terror forces. After all that, the film changed its artisitc direction during editing and as much as 12 minutes of moslty Budapest battle scenes were cut out, so we never got to enjoy that part!



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Kodak and Martin Scali