The latest Harlan Coben adaptation has landed on Netflix, hooking viewers with its thrilling plot and stacked cast.


Based on Coben's 2016 novel of the same name, Fool Me Once follows Maya (Michelle Keegan), a woman who sets out to uncover the truth after the sudden death (and mysterious reappearance) of her husband, Joe (Richard Armitage).

Fool Me Once's filming locations have also captured the attention of fans, with many wondering where Judith’s (Joanna Lumley) grand mansion and Maya and Joe’s own impressive home are actually located.

Read on for everything you need to know about the filming locations used in Fool Me Once – including places you may find familiar around Greater Manchester and Cheshire, and a spot you might recognise from Peaky Blinders.

Where was Fool Me Once filmed?

Judith and Maya stood facing one another in a door frame
Joanna Lumley as Judith and Michelle Keegan as Maya in Fool Me Once. Vishal Sharma/Netflix © 2023.

The new Harlan Coben series obviously takes a major turn away from the book, and is no longer set in New York - but instead right here in the UK.

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Speaking exclusively to about the change in location, Michelle Keegan said: "The book’s set in New York, so it’s totally different now, because they’re in Manchester. It sort of grounded it for me."

Joanna Lumley added: "I think it worked really well. It switched over very easily, without any sense that you’re losing too much. And also, Harlan and his team had written in a new strand which was a very English strand, Adeel’s character.

"That whole sort of subplot was beautiful. So the book had sort of been plasticined, morphed into a kind of British shape, and it worked really well."

In fact, the new show was shot across the north west of England earlier in 2023.

The series is set in the fictional town of Winhurst, and while the town isn't real, it was made up of shots filmed in Manchester, Oldham, Cheshire and more.

Was Fool Me Once filmed in Manchester?

Yes, a major part of the thriller was filmed in and around Greater Manchester.

Scenes were shot at the Runway Visitor Park at Ringway next to Manchester Airport, Castlefield Viaduct and the nearby village of Bramhall.

Was Fool Me Once filmed at Arley Hall?

The grand house that appears in Netflix's Fool Me Once, which also features in Peaky Blinders, with two characters on the ground outside of it
The grand house that appears in Netflix's Fool Me Once. Netflix

A significant location in the series is Judith's beautiful home, Farmwood. The impressive grounds are the backdrop to many a tense conversation and confrontation, with Arley Hall being used as the mansion.

The country house can be found in Arley, Cheshire, and boasts over 15 acres of expansive gardens, often used for weddings and big events. And it's not the first time it's been featured in a major TV series either – with it having previously served as the Warwickshire home of Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) in Peaky Blinders!

Arley Hall was obviously used as Judith's home in Fool Me Once, but was also used to film the funeral scenes, which were shot at Philips Park Cemetery in Miles Platting, Manchester, too.

Where is the house used in Fool Me Once?

Michelle Keegan as Maya and Adeel Akhtar as DS Sami Kierce, Maya sitting at the table staring at a laptop with Kierce standing next to her.
Michelle Keegan as Maya and Adeel Akhtar as DS Sami Kierce in Fool Me Once. Netflix

Maya and Joe's modern home is a focal point of the series, and is actually located in Alderley Edge in Cheshire.

Producer Jessica Taylor told Manchester Evening News about the location, saying: "Maya has this beautiful, big house, and we filmed this in Alderley Edge in a very modern design house that spreads over three floors with its own swimming pool.

"We don't see a lot of Alderley, but we do see a lot of the country lanes around there.

"We took over a residential house for three weeks, and this is where you see the nanny cam scene, as well as discussing stuff with her best friend Shane. There is also a gun room at her property, but naturally we had to build this into the house as we don't tend to have those in this country."

What school is Fool Me Once filmed at? Other locations explained

The dramatic death scene of Joe was filmed in Alexandra Park in Oldham, while other scenes were filmed in some underground tunnels in Stockport, Bolton Grammar School and Bramhall, which was used as the location of Maya's sister's family home.

Later in the series, we see Maya fly a helicopter as she works as an instructor. Keegan actually flew the helicopter herself, and did so from Barton to Delamere Forest.

While most of the series was shot in the UK, the scenes of Maya in the army were actually shot in Almeria, Spain.

Fool Me Once is available to stream on Netflix. Sign up for Netflix from £6.99 a month. Netflix is also available on Sky Glass and Virgin Media Stream.

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