Which Traitors Was Filmed First? US and UK Versions Compared

Traitors is a tv series released on 12 January 2023 in the United States
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Traitors UK was filmed first in the stunning Ardross Castle in the Scottish Highlands. The series is based on the Dutch series De Verraders.

The Traitors proved to be a late-season TV success in 2022, with millions of people fascinated by the drama. According to BT, it has been viewed more than 28 million times on BBC iPlayer.

The "Traitors," a group of participants chosen by the presenter on the first day, have a surprise among them. Contestants must work hard to persuade others that they are "Faithful."

Meanwhile, the Traitors will get to remove a Faithful every night. Every day, roundtable discussions will be held, and all participants will be given a choice to vote on who they consider to be a traitor.

The individual who receives the most votes will be dismissed from the game, exposing whether they are Faithful or a Traitor. The Faithfuls will divide the prize money if they remove all the Traitors at the roundtable. If any Traitors survive in the game after the last round, they will grab the entire prize.

Which Traitors Was Filmed First?

UK version of Traitors was filmed first for the TV series. UK and US Traitors were shot in the remote Ardross Castle in Scotland.

As per Ardross Castle's official website, the castle is a magnificent 19th-century castle in the Scottish Baronial style set within gardens and over 100 acres of land on the River Alness.

Ardross Castle provides the perfect location for weddings, shooting, and Meetings. The property is located in Ross-shire and is available for exclusive hire for corporate and private clients.

McTaggart's family bought the castle in 1983. The Traitors UK was filmed in the summer of 2022, as per Good To. The Scottish Highlands frequently experience turbulent weather in the fall and winter. The BBC finished filming before the leaves began to fall.

Ardross Castle, one of the Gothic castle in Scotland is used for the wedding photoshoots. Photo by David Grant Simpson
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The crew and actors were relatively separated during the BBC One television show production. The US version of The Traitors is based within the same Scottish mansion as the original and has more challenging assignments for the Faithfuls and Traitors.

There are, however, a few significant distinctions. Instead of Claudia Winkleman, Scottish actor Alan Cumming will anchor, and half of the participants are celebrities, with the majority of them being previous reality show competitors.

Meet The Hosts

Alan Cumming hosts The Traitors US, whereas Claudia Winkleman hosted The Traitors UK. Traitors UK aired on 29 November 2022.

Alan is a Tony Award winner, and four-time Emmy nominee noted for his performances on stage and in cinema. He is well recognized for his appearances in The Good Wife as Eli Gold, Schmigadoon! as Mayor Aloysius Menlove, Goldeneye as Boris Grishenko.

Alan will be hosting The Traitor for the first time. Jenny Groom, EVP of Unscripted Content, commented on bringing Cumming on as host, stating that Alan is a better person to serve as master of this series.

As per Collider, his wit and eccentricity add the perfect layer of comedy to this thrilling world. 

Alan Cumming (left) and Claudia Winkleman(right) are the host of the show Traitors from US and UK respectively
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Claudia Winkleman was the host of the UK version of the show. However, the presenter has confessed that she first refused the position.

The program is fascinating, and Claudia has been dubbed savage by the competitors and the spectators at home after a handful of surprising actions in the first few episodes. 

She had followed along with the rest of the group as violence broke out among the crowd.

Meet The Cast

The cast of The Traitors UK includes Hannah Byczkowski, Aaron Evans, whereas Arie Luyendyk Jr., Brandi Glanville are the cast from the US.

The Traitors UK has 22 participants who resided in a castle together, with some of them serving as Traitors. Competitors will get kicked out of one of the other contestants every night.

The candidates were all unknowns; however, some of the contestants in the American version will be recognizable faces from reality TV series.

The ultimate mystery game of trickery and suspicion will be played by twenty of America's most clever participants and a mix of celebrity faces and ordinary Americans. They will collaborate on thrilling missions to raise a reward pool of up to $250,000.

Celebrity Cast Members From the USA Includes:

Arie Luyendyk

Arie Luyendyk is one of the participent in the show Traitors. He is a reality TV personality, estate agent, and former professional racecar driver.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. is one of the participant of The Traitors US
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He appeared on The Bachelorette in 12 episodes in 2012 and on The Bachelor in 15 episodes in 2018. Arie Jr participated in the Indy Lights Series and the A1 Grand Prix.

Brandi Glanville 

Brandi Glanville is a star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, joining the show in 2011 and leaving in 2015.

Brandi Glanville appeared in The Traitors US
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She has made her television debut on The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip, Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Family Edition, and the 2017 Celebrity Big Brother UK season.

Cirie Fields

Cirie Fields is a nurse, mother of three children, and a reality star after participating in Survivor. She has competed in the CBS competition for four seasons.

Cirie Fields is an American nurse and reality TV personality
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Cirie has also appeared on The Price is Right and Snake in the Grass in the US.

Non-Celebrity Cast Members From the USA Includes:

  • Amanda Clark
  • Andie Vanacore
  • Anjelica Conti
  • Azra Valani
  • Robert Bam Nieves
  • Christian De La Torre
  • Geraldine Moreno
  • Michael Davidson
  • Quentin R. Jiles
  • Shelbe Rodriguez

The Traitors UK Cast 

  • Hannah Byczkowski
  • Aaron Evans
  • Meryl Williams
  • Wilfred Webster - Traitors
  • Madelyn Smedley
  • Andrea Addison
  • Amanda Lovett - Traitors
  • Fay Greaves
  • Kieran Tompsett
  • Theo Mayne
  • Alex Gray
  • Rayan Rachedi
  • Alyssa Chan - Traitors
  • Matt Harris
  • Tom Elderfield
  • John McManus
  • Amos Ogunkoya
  • Ivan Brett
  • Claire Barratt
  • Imran Nasim
  • Aisha Birley
  • Nicky Wilding
  • Dougie Watson

Where To Watch Traitors UK and US?

The Traitors UK was released on 29 November 2022 on BBC iPlayer. The Traitors US was released on Thursday 12 January 2023 on Peacock.

The US version of The Traitors is based in the same Scottish castle as the classic and has more challenging challenges for the Faithfuls and Traitors. Unlike the UK version, all ten episodes are accessible to watch online as they become available.

According to Tech Advisor, the BBC has jumped in and purchased the rights to The Traitors US. All episodes are available as a complete series on BBC iPlayer and will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC Three at a future date.

The Traitors UK cast member with Claudia Winkleman
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The Traitors (US) is accessible on Peacock, NBCUniversal's streaming service. Peacock has three tiers: free, premium, and premium plus. The Traitors US will be accessible on BBC iPlayer, BBC One, and BBC Three.

Starting on January 25, the show will air every Wednesday at 10.40 p.m. for five weeks. The program will also be broadcast on BBC Three for three weeks. This format will broadcast its first three episodes on January 24, 25, and 26.

The following episodes will run on January 30 and 31 and February 1 and 2. The final three will be released sequentially beginning February 6 and continuing for three days, as per Cosmopolitan.