House of Anubis

This article is about the English series. For the Dutch series it is based on, see Het Huis Anubis.
House of Anubis
Genre Teen drama
Mystery Soap opera
Created by Hans Bourlon &
Gert Verhulst
Written by Diane Whitley
Bede Blake
Neil Jones
Nathan Cockerill
James Whitehouse
Hannah George
Paul Gerstenberger
Alison Greenaway
Jodi Reynolds
Davey Moore
Tim Compton
Directed by Angelo Abela
Peter Fearon
Graeme Harper
Tessa Hoffe
Tim Hopewell
Tom Poole
Tracey Rooney
Gill Wilkinson
Theme music composer Rob Cairnes
Tony Morales
Country of origin Belgium
United Kingdom
United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 190 (+ 90-minute TV special) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Anja Van Mensel
Tony Wood
Producer(s) Susie Liggat (series 1)
Edward Pugh (series 2)
Lucy Martin (series 3)
Angelo Abela (series 3)
Location(s) Liverpool
Editor(s) David Mercer
David Long
Les Healey
Pauline Cain
Mark Doran
Camera setup Videotape; Single-camera
Running time 23 minutes (consisting of two 11-minute segments; Seasons 1–2; Season 3: Eps. 13-present)
46 minutes (consisting of two 23-minute segments; Season 3: Eps. 1–12)
Production company(s) Studio 100
Lime Pictures
Nickelodeon Productions
Distributor Nickelodeon
Original network Nickelodeon (2011–2013)
TeenNick (2013)
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Original release 1 January 2011 (2011-01-01) – 17 June 2013 (2013-06-17)[1]
Related shows Anubis Unlocked
Het Huis Anubis
Het Huis Anubis en de Vijf van het Magische Zwaard
Das Haus Anubis
External links

House of Anubis is a British-American-Belgian mystery television series developed for Nickelodeon based on the Dutch-Belgian television series Het Huis Anubis. The series was created by Hans Bourlon and Gert Verhulst and premiered on Nickelodeon on 1 January 2011 in the United States and on 25 February 2011 in the United Kingdom. The series is the first series from the network to be filmed outside the United States and the first soap opera for the network. The show aired from 1 January 2011 to 17 June 2013.


Anubis House is a residence at an English boarding school dating from the early 1900s, and currently serving as a home for nine kids under the watch of the boarding school's strict caretaker, Victor Rodenmaar Jr (Francis Magee). As an American girl named Nina Martin (Nathalia Ramos) moves into Anubis House, another resident, Joy Mercer (Klariza Clayton), suddenly disappears without a warning and the school staff eliminate all traces of Joy's existence. Joy's best friend, Patricia Williamson (Jade Ramsey), is dismayed to learn this and accuses Nina of being involved with her disappearance. Forced to spend a night in the attic, Nina makes a bizarre discovery: the recorded diary of a young girl who she met earlier as an old woman, Sarah Frobisher-Smythe (Rita Davies), who had lived in the house long ago. On the tapes, it is revealed the house has a secret history, a mystery that nobody knows anything about. Sarah has given Nina an Eye of Horus-shaped necklace with mysterious powers revealed to Nina when she decides to investigate the house's mystery, alongside her new friend Fabian Rutter (Brad Kavanagh) and new roommate Amber Millington (Ana Mulvoy Ten). They form a secret group called "Sibuna" (Anubis backwards) whose popularity expands to include Patricia, once she makes peace with Nina after learning that Joy's disappearance is connected to the house, and Alfie Lewis (Alex Sawyer), another classmate and prankster. Eventually, Jerome Clarke (Eugene Simon) joins in the mystery as well. Mara Jaffray (Tasie Lawrence), Mick Campbell (Bobby Lockwood), and Trudy Rehmann (Mina Anwar), the house mother, are oblivious to the mystery.

In the second season, an evil ghost from ancient Egypt threatens Nina saying that she will die if she doesn't find the Mask of Anubis. With the help of Sibuna, Nina finds a chain of tunnels containing deadly tasks that they must go through in order to find the mask. Meanwhile, Victor is after that mask so that he could obtain the tears of gold, the missing ingredient in the elixir of life. Jerome wants to find his father, who tells him that in order to reverse his bad luck, Jerome must find the Frobisher gem and put it into the Frobisher shield. A new boy Eddie (Burkely Duffield) who becomes rivals with Patricia, even though they are just hiding the fact that they are attracted to each other.

In the third season, a new teacher, Miss Denby (Susy Kane), comes to the school and seems to hang out with Victor and Mr. Sweet often. New American student K.T. Rush (Alexandra Shipp) comes to the school. Eddie has a vision of K.T.'s dying grandfather giving her a key and telling her to go to Anubis House. Eddie and K.T. do some snooping around the house while Fabian tries to decipher a series of codes mistakenly given to Amber. When Amber leaves for fashion school, Sibuna is revived with Eddie as a leader and Fabian, K.T., Patricia, and Alfie as members. They find out that the adults are trying to reawaken a sleeping Robert Frobisher-Smythe, with Denby being the "Keeper" [she keeps Frobisher in the tank room in the gatehouse (her home on the school property)], Victor being the "Enabler", and Mr. Sweet being the "Seeker". The Sibunas discover that Miss Harriet Denby's name is actually Caroline. Her sister is actually Harriet – and the original Keeper. However, she is locked in a mental hospital because of her sister. It turns out that K.T. is the great-granddaughter of Frobisher. Jerome, Joy, Alfie, and Patricia are the descendants of Frobisher's friends and are needed for the ceremony, but because of Caroline Denby lying about her identity, Frobisher is reawakened evil.

Everybody thinks that the ceremony didn't work out since Sibuna intervened just in time, but when Caroline goes to the gatehouse to pack her bags, she meets Frobisher, who is reawakened and evil. Caroline does not tell Eric Sweet or Victor about this. Robert explains to Caroline that he needs to capture five sinning people for Ammut at midnight or noon, so that they could become evil. The sinners captured are Victor, Patricia, Mr. Sweet, Fabian, and Alfie. Ammut rises, but needs more souls. She gives Frobisher a book that easily captures people's souls. A fake assembly is organized as an attempt to capture more souls. Willow (Louisa Connolly-Burnham) is the only person who didn't become a sinner. Willow, Eddie, and K.T. are chased by Frobisher and the soul-less students but Harriet comes to the rescue with a stolen ambulance. She explains that Willow didn't become a sinner because she had K.T.'s moon key, and that Ammut can be sent back with Caroline's sun key and K.T.'s moon key. Willow becomes a sinner when she and K.T. try to steal the sun key because Harriet slipped the moon key into K.T.'s pocket. In the end, Ammut is sent back, devouring Caroline. Frobisher is not evil again and old. All the sinners are back to normal and don't remember what happened during the time they were sinners. Willow doesn't even remember the short time that she was good, so she forgot about the whole mystery. The Sibunas, of course, are told by Eddie and K.T. about what happened. Frobisher and Harriet set off for Egypt, and Jerome and Joy finally get together after a lot of drama, involving Jerome cheating on Mara and Willow. Mara and Fabian flirt. The group enjoys a fireworks display.

In the finale special Touchstone of Ra, the Anubis House residents are preparing for their graduation; however, their joyous celebration plans are cut short with the arrival of four freshmen who move in early – Cassie, Erin, Dexter, and Sophia. Patricia instantly antagonizes Sophia because she spotted her flirting with Eddie. On their trip to an Egyptian museum, Eddie, Dexter, and Sophia discover a special artifact known as the Touchstone of Ra. Back at the house, Victor announces that an artifact from the museum was stolen, and the Touchstone suddenly appears to be in Eddie's possession. Victor confiscates the Touchstone but has no intentions of returning it. Later, the Sibunas (along with Sophia and Mara) overhear Victor speaking to Mr. Sweet about what happens when the Pyramid of Ra is built. They plan to prevent him from building the Pyramid, retrieving the Touchstone for good measure. Eventually, Eddie discovers that Sophia has betrayed them when she plans to complete the Pyramid of Ra herself. At the graduation ceremony, Mara is manipulated by an unknown force when she wears the valedictorian medal (which is actually an artifact discovered by Alfie). At the house, the Sibunas team up with Victor to find the remaining pillars of the Pyramid to stop Sophia from accomplishing her goal. In the final showdown, the Pyramid is incomplete and the students are saved. Since Sophia fails, she is transformed into stone as a punishment from Ra. Eddie loses his Osirian powers in the process. Since Victor's "destiny" was to prevent the pyramid from ever being built, he decides to leave the house for good that evening as the students celebrate their graduation party.

Cast and characters

Main cast

Name Actor/Actress Present in Episodes Season
Nina Martin Nathalia Ramos 1–150 1–2
Fabian Rutter Brad Kavanagh 1–1911–3
Patricia Williamson Jade Ramsey 1–1911–3
Amber Millington Ana Mulvoy Ten 1–160 1–3
Mick Campbell Bobby Lockwood 1–72, 141–150 1–2
Mara Jaffray Tasie Lawrence 1–191 1–3
Jerome Clarke Eugene Simon 1–1911–3
Alfie Lewis Alex Sawyer 1–1911–3
Joy Mercer Klariza Clayton 1, 29–32, 37, 47, 56–1911–3
Eddie Miller Burkely Duffield 75–1911-3
KT Rush Alexandra Shipp 151–1913
Willow Jenks Louisa Connolly-Burnham 151–1913

Supporting cast

Name Actor/Actress Present in Episodes Season
Victor Rodenmaar Jr. Francis Magee 1–191 1–3
Trudy Rehman Mina Anwar 1–191 1–3
Mrs. Daphne Andrews Julia Deakin 1–108 1–2
Mr. Eric Sweet Paul Antony-Barber 1–191 1–3
Rufus Zeno Roger Barclay 12–60, 129–1501–2[2]
Sarah Frobisher-Smythe Rita Davies 3–45, 601
Jason WinklerJack Donnelly 5–601
Sergeant RoebuckNicholas Bailey 8–601
Ade RutterSimon Chandler 11–331
Esther RobinsonCatherine Bailey 15–601
Frederick Mercer Michael Lumsden 18–601
Nurse Delia Sheri-An Davis 18–601
Mr. CampbellStephen Beckett 231
Mr. LewisCyril Nri 34–351
Mrs. Lewis Sarah Wood 34–351
RobbieJames Gandhi 44–471
Poppy ClarkeFrances Encell 61–1502
GranGwyneth Powell 63–1502
SenkharaSophiya Haque 63–1502
Gustav ZiestackHugh Lee 63–1502
Jasper Choudhary Sartaj Garewal 67–1502
Vera Devenish Poppy Miller 73–149 2
Pete Roper, P.I.Colin Mace 73–802
John ClarkePhilip Wright 25–1502
Zoe Valentine Sarah Paul 110–150 2
Piper Williamson Nikita Ramsey 115–123, 186 2–3
Victor Rodenmaar Sr.Francis Magee 140–145 2
Caroline Denby Susy Kane 151–190 3
Harriet Denby Bryony Afferson 162–190 3
Robert Frobisher-Smythe John Sackville 171–190 3
Ben Reed Freddie Boath 177–180 3
Ammut Felicity Gilbert 189–190 3
Sophia Danae Claudia Jessie[3] 191 3
Dexter Lloyd Jake Davis[3]191 3
Erin Blakewood Kae Alexander[3]191 3
Cassie Tate Roxy Fitzgerald[3]1913


Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates) DVD Releases (UK dates) DVD Releases (U.S. dates)
First aired Last aired
1 60 1 January 2011 (2011-01-01) (Nickelodeon)
2 January 2011 (2011-01-02) (TeenNick)
19 February 2011 (2011-02-19) (Nickelodeon)
8 January 2012 (2012-01-08) (TeenNick)
Season 1, Volume 1: April 25, 2012
Season 1, Volume 2: Sep. 26, 2012
The Complete Season 1: December 9, 2013
2 90 9 January 2012 (2012-01-09) (Nickelodeon)
15 January 2012 (2012-01-15) (TeenNick)
9 March 2012 (2012-03-09) (Nickelodeon)
11 March 2012 (2012-03-11) (TeenNick)
Season 2, Volume 1: Oct. 31, 2012
Season 2, Volume 2: March 6, 2013
Season 2, Volume 1: Nov. 26, 2013
Season 2, Volume 2: Nov. 15, 2013
3 40 3 January 2013 (2013-01-03) (Nickelodeon)
18 February 2013 (2013-02-18) (TeenNick)
11 April 2013 (2013-04-11) (TeenNick) Season 3, Volume 1: March 25, 2014
Season 3, Volume 2: June 17, 2014
Season 3, Volume 1: February 14, 2014
Season 3, Volume 2: February 17, 2014
Special 14 June 2013 (2013-06-14) (Nickelodeon UK)[3]
17 June 2013 (2013-06-17) (TeenNick USA)[4]
N/A March 25, 2014

Anubis Unlocked

Anubis Unlocked is a behind the scenes show of the House of Anubis which is aired in and produced by Nickelodeon UK. 10 episodes were commissioned for Series 1 which featured cast interviews, behind the scenes clips, tour of the set and exclusive previews. There was no series commissioned for Series 2 of House of Anubis however a short segment aired at the end of the series. The series was re-commissioned for Series 3.[5] The show was presented by Anna Williamson and Jamie Rickers in Series 1 only.

Production and development

Production began in August 2009, but in March 2010 Studio 100 announced that the series was sold to Nickelodeon in the United States.[6] The series was filmed in the summer of 2010 in Liverpool and was first broadcast in the United States on 1 January 2011.

The series is the first original series produced for the flagship U.S. Nickelodeon channel to be produced outside of North America, and is Nickelodeon's first original drama series since the 2000–2002 series Caitlin's Way. The series is structured in a different manner from other live-action television series in that each episode consists of two eleven-minute segments, a format commonly used in half-hour animated series (although the events of each subsequent segment pick up from the events of the previous segment); and the series' episodes are formatted to be broadcast in the five-day-a-week format that is typically common with soap operas.[7]

On 10 March 2011, Nickelodeon confirmed that they will make a new season of House of Anubis at its annual Upfront presentation to advertisers and media.[8] On 29 June, Entertainment Weekly reported that Nickelodeon had confirmed a second season of House of Anubis and that production would begin on 21 July 2011. A total of 45 half-hour episodes (90, 15-minute episodes) were aired in 2012.

On 16 April 2012, a third season was confirmed by Nickelodeon and Lime Pictures. Nathalia Ramos (who plays Nina Martin) will not be returning for the third season so she can focus on finishing college.[9] Eugene Simon (who plays Jerome Clarke) confirmed that filming of the third season will begin in the summer of 2012.[10]

On 16 July 2012, Nickelodeon (UK & Ireland) announced on their Twitter page and the website's blog that filming of season 3 would begin that month.[11] Bobby Lockwood (who played Mick Campbell) announced on his Twitter page he would not be returning for the third season but, announced he had a new show coming out called Wolfblood on CBBC.[12] It was announced on the House of Anubis Facebook page that there would be a new character named KT Rush, who was played by Alexandra Shipp.

On 26 July 2012, it was also announced on the Facebook page that there will be another new character named Willow, who would be played by Louisa Connolly-Burnham.

After the finale of the third season and the movie special, as of November 2016 Nickelodeon has not announced a fourth season. But on 18 December 2013, director Tim Hopewell hinted towards a possible fourth season in the making via Twitter.[13]

The series was filmed in Liverpool with Ye Priory Court standing in for Anubis House,[14] and Peckforton Castle Lodge, located in Chester, standing in for the gatehouse.[15]


Critical reception

Youth Television News praised the series, commending Nickelodeon's attempt at a drama series, saying "a good story always outdoes a repetitive sitcom."[16]

Audience reception

The hour-long series premiere on 1 January 2011 was watched by an average of 2.9 million viewers for the first two episodes. The series scored a 4.0 share (846,000 viewers) among teens 11–17, a 4.4 share (952,000 viewers) among kids 11–15 and a 3.5 share (1.2 million) among kids 11–18, ranking #1 amongst all broadcast and basic cable programs in its timeslot in all pre-teen and teen demographics.[17]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2011 Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice Awards Nick UK's Favourite Show House of Anubis Won [18]
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Argentina Favorite International TV Show House of Anubis Nominated [19][20]
British Academy Children's Awards Drama House of Anubis Nominated [21]
Best Independent Production Company Lime Pictures Nominated [22]
2012 Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice Awards Favorite UK TV Show House of Anubis Nominated [23]
Favorite UK Actor Brad Kavanagh Nominated [24]
Favorite UK Actress Ana Mulvoy Ten Nominated [25]
Broadcast Awards 2012 Best Children's Programme House of Anubis Nominated [26]
British Academy Children's Awards BAFTA Kid's Vote: Television House of Anubis Nominated [27]
2013 Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice Awards Favorite UK TV Show House of Anubis Won [28]


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  3. 1 2 3 4 5 "Nickelodeon announces House of Anubis special "Touchstone of Ra"" (Press release). London. 21 May 2013. Archived from the original on 23 May 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-21.
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