COLD Feet actor James Nesbitt has been in St Helens today filming a new Netflix series at Dream.

The actor joined other co-stars to film at the iconic location in Sutton Manor woodland as a set for Stay Close, a new Netflix series airing in Spring 2022.

The show stars Nesbitt alongside Sarah Parish, Cush Jumbo and Richard Armitage and is based on the novel by Harlan Coben.

The Dream is a lasting tribute to St Helens' mining heritage, and was created in 2009 by sculptor Jaume Plensa on the former site of Sutton Manor Colliery.

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James Nesbitt will star in the Netflix series, scenes for which are being filmed in St Helens

Gary Conley, a former miner at Sutton Manor Colliery and a member of The Dream focus group, said: "It's all really exciting because when Dream was created we wanted it to be an iconic place like The Angel of the North and become a key location in the area.

"So for a business such as Netflix which is global to recognise it as a beautiful and iconic location for filming their latest TV series is so exciting.

"When I got the call I said yes straight away and had lots of help to make it happen.

"I've been up there today while they were filming there and saw James Nesbitt, there was around 50 to 60 people there, not including the cast, to capture everything and it was great to see.

"They are filming both the outside and inside of Dream, though when it airs it will be somewhat like the Tardis from Doctor Who as they are creating a slightly bigger set for what is the inside of Dream, so it is easier to film in, but they've got some inside and outside shots today.

"I'm thrilled honestly, because after the 10th year anniversary of Dream last year I thought interest in the site would lull but it really hasn't and to have the attention of a huge platform like Netflix goes to show how Dream's history is forever adapting and it can now add filming location to its CV.

"It's really quite an accomplishment for a small town like St Helens and I can't wait to see the final result next year."

This will be the latest Harlan Coben adaptation done by Netflix, with previous series including The Stranger and Safe.

The thriller follows three people living comfortable lives, and who are all concealing dark secrets.