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We've been counting down the days for the Downton Abbey movie to be released ever since the project was announced, and we're not the only ones who can't contain our excitement.

The first trailer for the film has just been released, and just as we thought, Maggie Smith steals every scene as the hilarious Dowager Countess. 

Writer-creator Julian Fellowes has developed the plot around the royal visit to the legendary location, with the Crawley family preparing to welcome their most important guests ever.


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"They live like royalty. But are they ready for the real thing?" the trailer asks. The staff must go head-to-head with the royal entourage, and it's safe to say the two warring groups don't see eye to eye.

There's "a royal luncheon, a parade and a dinner" planned for the royals, but it looks like the cast must instead turn their focus to "defend Downton's honour". 

We are also being gifted with a romance sub-plot involving Allen Leach’s Tom Branson and Lady Bagshaw's maid, played by Tuppence Middleton.


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George V and his wife, Mary, are expected to visit some time during 1927 and we cannot wait to see how it turns out.

Ferocious royal butler David Haig clashes with the staff, judging by the footage, and faces off against veteran butler Mr Carson (Jim Carter) in an epic battle.

In the brief clip, Maggie Smith delivers four brilliant put-downs, so the full feature film should be a spotlight stealer for her. 

Downton Abbey is released in cinemas on Friday, September 13. Get yourselves ready by watching the trailer below, and maybe practice your posh accent.

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The first snaps from Allen Leech's big day show how happy he was to marry Jessica Blair Herman.

The 37-year-old tied the knot at the beginning of the month at Alisal Ranch and Resort in California’s Santa Ynez Valley.

It was a star-studded affair with guests including Allen Downton Abbey co-stars such as Michelle Dockery and Dan Stevens in attendance as well as actor Rami Malik.

Hello! magazine has revealed the first look at the magical day with a series of stunning pictures. 


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Glowing bride Jessica can be seen in a breath-taking Monique Lhuillier gown with Yves Saint Laurent heels while groom Allen looks dapper in a deep navy Armani suit with a burgundy bowtie.

Allen spoke of how the tropical Californian weather he had imagined for the ceremony didn't happen as expected.

He said, ''It ended up being something quite different. When you get married in California you expect sunshine, but a little bit of Ireland blew over on the day and we had some heavy rain."

On seeing Jessica for the first time as she walked down the aisle.That moment of seeing Jessica, oh my God, it was magical.''


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Jessica was also in awe of her new husband.

She said, ''As soon as I met him there was a sense of ease and comfort, that I knew marriage would be uncomplicated and beautiful with him.”

Huge congratulations guys – we wish you a lifetime of happiness together. 


Downton Abbey star Allen Leech is officially a married man.

The Irish actor has tied the knot with actor Jessica Blair Herman in a romantic ceremony in Santa Barbara.

The wedding reportedly took place on an exclusive estate with stars such as Michelle Dockery and Dan Stevens in attendance. 

Sound super fancy.


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Others included former Glee stars Lea Michele and Darren Criss as well as Golden Globe nominee Rami Malek who plays Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody alongside Allen who stars as Freddie's manager Paul Prenter.

The couple, who have been together for two and a half years, announced their engagement on Instagram on Valentine's Day when the actor wrote, "Happy Valentine’s Day @jessicablairherman First one as a fiance! Thank you for saying yes and for making me the happiest."

Jessica also uploaded a snap of the pair kissing, captioning it, ''The day you proposed was one of the best days but every day with you is my favourite. I love you! Happy Valentine’s Day @therealleech!”

So cute. 


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The 37-year-old, who played Tom Branson in the hit period TV drama will reprise the role in the big-screen version out later this year.

For now though, it seems he will be enjoying the first few months as man and wife with Jessica – congrats guys. 


Allen Leech just spilled some new details about the upcoming Downton Abbey film.

Excitement has surrounded the upcoming film adaptation for the award-winning drama for a while now.

We can't wait to see the original cast on the big screen in the coming months.

Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode and Maggie Smith will all grace our cinema screens in the Downton Abbey movie.


Did someone say movie? So v.excited! #DowntonAbbey is coming to the big screen!

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We will also meet new cast members including Imelda Staunton, James, Simon Jones, David Haig, Tuppence Middleton, Kate Phillips and Stephen Campbell Moore.

Because of the large cast size, fans have been worried about the balance of each character’s story in the movie.

But Allen, who plays ex-chauffeur Tom Branson, put our minds at ease with recent comments.

“It’s a big, epic story that’s definitely going to fill the big screen,” he told Vanity Fair.

“That was our worry about taking the show from the small screen to the big screen. But you have Julian Fellowes, who won an Oscar for writing, and he’s done a great job with the story.”

The actor went on to say that the writer went with a “surprising angle” for the film, and he was able to fit the entire 22 cast members own stories within the two-hour film.

“He’s done an amazing job”, he raved.

The new movie will focus on the strong friendship between Branson and Lady Mary together as well as take fans through an emotional roller coaster.

“You’re going to have tears. [Julian] is never too saccharine-sweet, so be prepared for everything”, the actor warned.

The film will be released in September 2019, and from Allen’s comments, we can tell it will be worth the wait.