DOWNTON Abbey fans can’t contain their excitement as the release of the highly-anticipated movie inches ever closer.
Like the celebrated series, the film was shot in the UK. Here’s what you need to know about the movie event of the year.
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When is the Downton Abbey movie released?
Downton Abbey movie will hit UK cinemas on September 13, 2019, before coming out in the US a week later.
After years of speculation, a film was finally confirmed in May 2017.
Filming wrapped on the movie in 2018 and it was announced in a Facebook post that read: “143 unforgettable scenes, 50 wonderful days, 1 glorious film.”
The Downton Abbey movie is set in 1927 and focuses on a visit by King George V and Queen Mary.
Who is in the cast of the Downton Abbey movie?
You will not be disappointed by the cast, as all your old favourites have reunited for the film version of the hit TV show:
Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Maggie Smith, 83, will return as the feisty Violet Crawley, the Countess of Grantham.
Her career which has spanned over six decades and has seen her appear in a wide a range of TV, film and stage roles.
In the Harry Potter film series, for example, she played Minerva McGonagall and also starred in Clash Of The Titans, Evil Under The Sun and Death On The Nile.
Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, 7th Earl of Grantham
Hugh Bonneville, 54, will be back for the film as Downton Patriarch Robert Crawley.
He famously studied theology at Cambridge University and began his acting career on stage with the Nation Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company.
He has also appeared in a number of films including the box office smash Notting Hill, Tomorrow Never Dies and Paddington.
In 1998 he married Lulu Evans and the couple have a son together.
Laura Carmichael as Edith Pelham, Marchioness of Hexham
Lady Edith had a bumpy road to her happy ending but goes on to marry Herbert Pelham to become the Marchioness of Hexham.
In 2016, Laura also starred in the popular drama Marcella and the film A United Kingdom.
She ended up making her West End debut in 2012 when she starred in Uncle Vanya alongside Anna Friel and Samuel West.
Jim Carter as Charles Carson
Jim Carter has been confirmed to reprise the role of Charles Carson in the upcoming film.
The actor is also famous for having starred in movies such as Alice in Wonderland and Transformers.
Raquel Cassidy as Phyllis Baxter
It wouldn’t be the same if Raquel’s Phyllis Baster wasn’t to make a return in the movie.
The actress, who is also known for Doctor Who and Teachers, will be back on the big screen this September with the Downtown Abbey movie.
Brendan Coyle as John Bates
Brendan Coyle was one of the first people confirmed to star in the forthcoming flick, reprising the role of John Bates for the movie.
He famously played the character from 2010 until 2015 and has since starred in Mary Queen of Scots, Unless, Me Before You and the TV series 12 Monkeys.
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Talbot
By the end of Downtown Abbey, her character ended up marrying Henry Talbot.
Michelle has had starring roles in films, such as Hanna (2011), Anna Karenina (2012), and Non-Stop (2014).
Kevin Doyle as Joseph Molesley
English actor Kevin Doyle is coming back as Joseph Molesley.
Before finding fame with Downtown Abbey, Kevin had made appearances in projects such as Blackpool, The Libertine and The Bill.
Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates
Joanne Froggat, 37, has been confirmed for the Downton Abbey movie as Lady Mary’s maid Anna Bates.
The role famously earned her a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actress on Television in 2014.
Her early work on TV includes roles in Coronation Street (1997-98) and A Touch Of Frost (2003).
She has also appeared in a number of films including A Street Cat Named Bob in 2016.
Imelda Staunton also joins the cast as Lady Bagshaw
The actress‘ husband is Jim Carter who plays butler Carson, and she had previously said she would never appear on the show – looks like she changed her mind for the film version.
What will happen in the Downton Abbey movie?
The trailer has revealed a lot about the new Downton Abbey movie an you can watch it at the top of this article.
Full of one-liners from the Dowager Countess of Grantham – played by Maggie Smith – it shows Robert Crawley, 7th Earl of Grantham, receiving a letter from the royal family announcing the visit of King George V and Queen Mary.
Lady Mary Talbot, looks ecstatic at the news, while the Dowager Countess isn’t so enthralled.
While rolling her eyes, she sarcastically says: “Here we go.”
Meanwhile, downstairs the servants are just as excited with cook Beryl Patmore seen starting her preparations.
But their feathers are ruffled as the royal household takes over, so the Downton staff stage a comeback.
Lady Mary, played by Michelle Dockery, is also seen questioning their lives in the big house.
Where is Downton Abbey filmed?
The TV series and film were both filmed at Highclere Castle in Hampshire.
Much of the exterior shots of Downton Abbey and most of the interior filming are both filmed at this location.
However, the kitchen, servants’ quarters and working areas, and some of the ‘upstairs’ bedrooms were constructed and filmed at Ealing Studios.
Fans of Downton Abbey can visit the grounds of the castle by purchasing a ticket on the website here.
There are a range of tickets available for various events and tours, therefore the price is dependent on the one you pick.
The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon’s Evening Tours, Champagne & Carols can set visitors back £120.
How did Downton Abbey end?
Downton Abbey ran from September 26, 2010, until its final episode on Christmas Day in 2015.
The final season introduced the rise of the working class during the interwar period and hints towards the eventual decline of the British aristocracy.
The last show saw Lady Mary pregnant with her second husband Henry’s baby.
Lady Edith also got her happy ending, as she married Bertie.
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What is the new Downtown Abbey TV advert?
To get you in the mood for Downton Abbey a brand new advert was been released which shows you how you can dine like you are Lord and Lady Grantham.
Starring Mrs Patmore (Lesley Nichol), the Asda ad sees her pouring her heart and soul into preparing a feast for a Royal visit, illustrating how every kitchen in the Kingdom deserves the best-tasting, quality ingredients.