Downton Abbey (film)

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Downton Abbey
Directed byMichael Engler
Produced by
Screenplay byJulian Fellowes
Based onDownton Abbey
by Julian Fellowes
Distributed byFocus Features[1]
Universal Pictures[1]
Release date
  • 13 September 2019 (2019-09-13)
CountryUnited Kingdom

Downton Abbey is an upcoming British historical period drama film, written by Julian Fellowes and directed by Michael Engler. It is a continuation of the television series of the same name created by Fellowes that ran on ITV from 2010–15.



Highclere Castle, the site used as the fictional Downton Abbey estate.

The film is a follow-up to the television series of the same name, which ended its original run in December 2015 after 52 episodes.[2] In April 2016, it was revealed that a film adaptation was being considered,[3] with Fellowes working on an outline plot.[4] A script was distributed to original cast members early in 2017.[5][6]

On 13 July 2018, the producers confirmed that a feature-length film would be made, with production[7] commencing mid-2018.[8] The script was written by Julian Fellowes, with direction expected to be by Brian Percival; producers include Fellowes, Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge.[9] The film will be distributed by Focus Features and Universal Pictures International.[10]

In late August 2018, it was reported that Percival had stepped down as director and Michael Engler took on this job. Percival, in addition to Nigel Marchant, would be an executive producer.[11][12]

Principal photography started in London in late August.[13][12] Some filming at Highclere Castle was underway by 20 September 2018.[14][15] Also in September, filming was underway in Lacock, with Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern and Michelle Dockery as well as two new cast members, Imelda Staunton and Geraldine James. Scenes shot in Lacock included a household cavalry in a procession and potential Royal Visit [16] Filming concluded in November 2018. [17]


Original cast members including Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael and Maggie Smith, were confirmed to return as their characters from the series,[9][18] with Joanne Froggatt confirming her involvement in a separate announcement.[19] Actress Lily James, who played Lady Rose MacClare, stated she would not be reprising her role for the film,[20][21] as did Ed Speleers who played footman James Kent.[22]

An August announcement indicated that newcomers Imelda Staunton, Geraldine James, Tuppence Middleton, Simon Jones, David Haig, Kate Phillips, and Stephen Campbell Moore would be among the cast of the film.[12] Matthew Goode, who played Lady Mary's husband Henry Talbot in the final series, will appear only briefly due to other commitments.[23] Then, in September Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Kevin Doyle, Harry Hadden-Paton, Rob James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol and Penelope Wilton were confirmed to be reprising their respective roles, with Max Brown joining in a new, undisclosed role.[24][25]


The film is scheduled for a UK release on 13 September 2019, with the US following one week later on 20 September 2019.[26]

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  1. ^ a b c "'Downton Abbey' Movie Officially a Go With Series Cast Returning". Variety. 13 July 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Downton Abbey Is Returning, With The Original Cast, To The Movies". Forbes. 15 July 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Downton creator Julian Fellowes: 'Why the personal attacks hurt so much'". The Telegraph. 10 April 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Julian Fellowes: I'm plotting Downton Abbey film". BBC News. 14 April 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Downton Abbey movie 'could be filmed this year'". BBC News. 20 March 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Downton Abbey's Phyllis Logan reveals production on the movie begins 'any minute now'". Radio times. 12 August 2018. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Downton Abbey film confirmed to shoot this summer with series cast returning". The Guardian. 13 July 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Downton Abbey film (finally) confirmed". BBC News. 13 July 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  9. ^ a b Desta, Yohana. "It's Happening: Downton Abbey's Original Cast Is Reuniting for a Movie". Vanity Fair.
  10. ^ "'Downton Abbey' Movie Is on the Way". The New York Times. 13 July 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  11. ^ "'Downton Abbey' Movie Due to Begin Filming as Cast Grows, Director Replaced". Collider. 31 August 2018.
  12. ^ a b c McNary, Dave (30 August 2018). "Imelda Staunton, Geraldine James Join 'Downton Abbey' Movie". Variety.
  13. ^ "The Downton Abbey Movie Has Officially Started Filming". Cinemablend. Gateway Blend. 1 September 2018. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  14. ^ "Downton Abbey movie: FIRST images of the lavish country set are unveiled as filming on the eagerly anticipated film gets underway at Highclere Castle". MSN Entertainment. MSN. 20 September 2018. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  15. ^ "DOWNTON ABBEY MOVIE CONFIRMED". Highclere castle. 5 August 2018. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  16. ^ "What a hoot! Dame Maggie Smith tickles Downton Abbey's new girl". Express. Express Newspapers. 27 September 2018. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  17. ^ "Allen Leech on Making 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and the 'Downton Abbey' Movie". Collider. Collider. 8 November 2018. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  18. ^ "Maggie Smith, 83, to Return for Downton Abbey Big Screen Movie Alongside TV Show's Main Cast".
  19. ^ "A 'Downton Abbey' Movie Is Coming and Joanne Froggatt and Michelle Dockery Are Beyond Excited About It". Access Online. 13 July 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  20. ^ "Lily James Reveals Why There's 'No Space' for Her in Downton Abbey Movie". People. 15 July 2018. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  21. ^ "Lily James will not be returning for the Downton Abbey movie". The Telegraph. 16 July 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  22. ^ "Downton Abbey star Ed Speleers won't be returning for the film". Digital Spy. 11 November 2018. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  23. ^ "Matthew Goode confirmed for Downton Abbey movie – but he says he will only be "popping in at the end"". RadioTimes.
  24. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (19 September 2018). "'Downton Abbey' Movie Sets Fall 2019 Opening". Deadline Hollywood.
  25. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (27 September 2018). "'Downton Abbey' Movie Adds 'The Royals' Max Brown". Deadline Hollywood.
  26. ^ "Everything you need to know about the Downton Abbey movie". 2 November 2018.

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