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‘It’s been surreal, but I made £20,000 in just two weeks’

SOMMER PYNE, founder of lifestyle boutique, owns a six-bedroom Victorian house in the capital’s Wandsworth Common, which she renovated and placed on film location site JJ Connect (

The house, which she shares with her husband and two children, was soon spotted by the team behind the BBC TV series McMafia, and Sommer, 39, was paid £20,000 for two weeks’ hire.

She says: ‘I was starting a business and I thought it would be good extra income.

‘I get so many location jobs now I can pick and choose which ones I take on. I do a couple a month, from magazine shoots to commercial shoots. I could make anything from £800 to £1,200 for a day’s shoot.

‘For McMafia, there was a crew of over 50 people, and we moved out for two weeks while they filmed.

‘They transformed the house: they took all the furniture out, covered up the marble and brass in the kitchen and put in their own cladding and changed the lighting. It looks like a completely different house onscreen.

‘It’s been surreal to watch the series. I know it’s my house but it looks so different. It’s funny that James Norton (pictured) was in my bed! In the series, you see the kitchen, my bedroom and bathroom, dining area and reception rooms.

They put us up in a nice hotel and paid some food expenses. They also fixed everything they damaged, such as scratched floors and walls, and they repainted the whole house. It was nice to have my home back.

‘It’s a really good money earner, but if you’re really precious about your home, it might not be for you.’