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Everything we know about the Downton Abbey movie


Move over Avengers: Endgame! The movie event of the year is still yet to hit cinemas. Yes finally, after years of teasing, the Downton Abbey movie is coming to Cineworld this autumn.

Whether you’re a dedicated fan of the television series or haven’t seen a single episode (there’s still time to binge it), the film is set to expand the story of the aristocratic Crawley family and their dedicated servants.

We finally got a peek at the film in the recently released trailer, but other than this details have been kept under wraps. So we’ve compiled everything we know about Downton Abbey so far.

When does the Downton Abbey movie take place?

Even though it’s been three years since the last episode of Downton Abbey aired on ITV, the film picks up not long after series six ends. Allen Leech a.k.a Tom Branson revealed that the Downton Abbey film takes place "eight or nine months after", meaning that fans will be able to jump right back into the action as if time never passed at all.

What is the story of the Downton Abbey movie?

The movie is scripted by series frontrunner Julian Fellowes, who won an Oscar for writing Robert Altman's period house murder mystery Gosford Park. The Downton film is set in 1927, although not much else is known about the plot. So that fans can experience the typical shocks and dramas that come from the Abbey, it wouldn’t be surprising if everything else is kept a secret to avoid spoilers.

However, from the trailer we can gather that the grand estate is preparing for the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary– with a little help from Carson, the former butler who recently retired.

At the same time, tensions arise between those working at Downton Abbey and the newly arrived royal entourage. And of course, a little romance blossoms between the aforementioned Branson and Lucy (played by Tuppence Middleton).

Who stars in the Downton Abbey movie?

Almost every person from the series is making an appearance in the Downton Abbey film. Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville), Cora Crawley (Elizabeth McGovern), Anna Bates (Joanne Froggatt), Edith Crawley (Laura Carmichael), Lady Mary Talbot (Michelle Dockery) and Violet Crawley (Maggie Smith) are all set to return.

Other familiar faces include Charles Carson (Jim Carter), Isobel Grey (Penelope Wilton), John Bates (Brendan Coyle) and Phyllis Baxter (Raquel Cassidy).

The beloved cast is a major reason for the show’s popularity, and it’s nice to know that these actors will still be front and centre as Downton opens its doors to the big screen experience.

Who isn’t returning for the Downton Abbey movie?

Sadly, there’s a few faces that won’t be returning, like Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) as Lady Rose MacClare. James, like us, can’t wait for the film though, telling Radio Times "I’m going to be front row".

What new faces are appearing in the movie?

As expected, the jump to a movie means there is space for new characters. There will be the likes of Imelda Staunton as Lady Bagshaw and Tuppence Middleton as Lucy, plus Geraldine James as Queen Mary and Simon Jones as King George V, with David Haig as their Royal Butler.

When is the Downton Abbey movie released?

It might seem far away, but Downton Abbey will greet us all on 13th September.

Nadine Shambrook is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.