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Downton Abbey fans, we’ve got some wonderful news for you.

A second movie is on the way!

Producer Gareth Neame revealed that they are currently in talks about creating a second Downton Abbey movie.

He told The Hollywood Reporter that they had this idea even before the first movie was released.

He said, “We started vaguely thinking about it [a sequel] before the release of the movie. But we were kind of holding our breath.”

Gareth explained that the stellar reaction to the Downton Abbey movie blew them away, “The reaction to the film, the press tour in the U.S. and the buildup to release were so strong that we'd been thinking about it.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He added, "It was clear from the first weekend that this was worth taking very seriously".

The team has yet to decide on a storyline, but there’s no doubt it’ll be just as fabulous as the first film.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“We're working on what the story is, and when we might be able to make it.”

However, the one hurdle they need to overcome is getting the entire cast together again. Trying to find a space in their schedules that works for everyone is going to be tricky.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“We have to try to get everyone back together again. And that was very challenging,” Gareth added.

“The challenge will be, is everyone available at the same time? Can we make deals with them? That will be the challenge.”

We seriously need this to happen!

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Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield will be hosting an unprecedented special live show of Downton Abbey at Highclere Castle, it has been announced.

The presenting duo will host This Morning at the location of the award-winning ITV series, and will be joined by a range of famous from the show.

Jim Carter, Michael Fox and new cast-member Tuppence Middleton, who play Mr Carson, Andrew Parker and Lucy Smith, will explore the castle and grounds with the pair.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kelly Brook will host a gardening segment from the Hampshire castle on September 12 as an added bonus to the Downton special.

Speaking about the upcoming episode, Holly said: "It's no secret that I'm a huge fangirl of Downton Abbey, just like our This Morning viewers.

"So put your feet up, get cosy and join us for High Tea at Highclere."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Phillip added: "Just like Holly, I'm a Downton Abbey superfan so I can't wait to give This Morning viewers a proper nosey around Highclere Castle in all it's stunning glory.

"Surely Carson won't mind!"

The special episode will celebrate the release of the highly-anticipated Downton film, which is a continuation of the TV series and is due in cinemas on September 13.

The film follows a royal visit to Downton by King George V and Queen Mary.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Original stars Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery and Dame Maggie Smith are all returning.

This Morning editor Martin Frizell said: "The Downton Abbey film is one of the biggest British cinematic releases of the year and so it's only fitting that one of Britain's biggest daytime shows is to broadcast live from the set this September.

"Join us both upstairs and downstairs for a truly memorable This Morning special. We can't wait."

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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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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. 

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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.

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It’s safe to say we were overjoyed when we heard one of our favourite drama series was being made into a movie. Downton Abbey fans, get ready to see the characters from the beloved period drama on the big screen.

The release date for the upcoming movie has finally been revealed so make sure to mark your calendars.

You can look forward to seeing 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.

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

The movie will hit cinemas next autumn.

According to Page Six, the movie will be released on September 13, 2019, so we’ve just got a little over a year to wait.

Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski opened up about the film: “Since the series ended, fans of ‘Downton’ have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter. We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of ‘Downton’ to the big screen next September.”

Unfortunately, one of our favourite characters will not be returning. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again star Lily James confirmed that she won’t be reprising her role as Lady Rose MacClare.

Despite her absence, we cannot wait for the Downton Abbey movie. Roll on September 2019.

 

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We could not get enough of the Downton Abbey drama series, so when we heard there was going to be a film, we freaked.

Previously, we were heartbroken when the rebellious Lady Rose MacClare, played by Lily James, revealed she will not be in the upcoming drama.

But we are so excited to hear that the original principal cast from the acclaimed television series have confirmed their appearance in the movie.

And that’s not all! Also joining the all-star cast will be multi-award winning actress Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter), Geraldine James, Simon Jones, David Haig, Tuppence Middleton, Kate Phillips (Venetia Scott in The Crown), and Stephen Campbell Moore amongst others.

It looks like it is going to be an amazing film!

Academy-Award winner Julian Fellowes, who created Downton Abbey and wrote the film’s screenplay, will be one of the producers as well. So, we can guarantee the movie’s similarity to the series.

Focus Features and Carnival Films announced the start of principal photography on the film today.

So, it is officially filming, and we cannot wait!

The beloved television series went on for six drama-filled seasons, winning three Golden Globe Awards, 15 Primetime Emmys and a BAFTA.

The show has gained global attention, becoming the most nominated, non-U.S. television show in Emmy history!

There is no doubt that the show’s huge fan base is delighted with the news of the upcoming film, especially since we get to see the cast we have grown to love with each episode.

Hopefully, it won’t be too much longer until we get to see what happens next to the drama-filled Crawley family.

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Calling all Downton Abbey fans! You need to add this hotel to your bucket list. 

This breathtaking, themed hotel is designed like an Edwardian mansion and has officially been ranked second on Travel + Leisure's ‘Top 100 Hotels in the World’ list for 2018.

And it looks amazing!

The five-star getaway, Ballyfin, is located in Co. Laois and is a refurbished boarding school with a total of only 20 rooms available for stay.

The old-fashioned hotel is picturesque and people are raving about their experience! ‘Ballyfin it was like stepping back in the past without the inconvenience of no electricity,’ said hotel guest Richard Grant.

Before the building was a school, however, ‘it was built as a Regency-era mansion for the Anglo-Irish Coote family’, according to The Independent. Each suite in the hotel is uniquely designed to reflect the original style of the house.

Yes, the Coote family are basically the real life version of the Crawley's. 

The American owner Fred Krehbiel thought it would be a great experience for people to enjoy during their stay, and we could not agree more! The businessman refurbished the property with his Irish wife Kay.  

Since it’s opening, Ballyfin has won numerous awards including AA's Irish hotel of the year for 2018.

Located near the Slieve Bloom Mountains, the hotel is only an hour and a half from Dublin city. So, not only are the rooms fabulous, but there is a beautiful vista of water, mountains, and greenery too.

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Ballyfin is also ranked number one on Travel + Leisure’s list of ‘Europe's Top 10 Resorts’. Needless to say, there is a reason this hotel cannot stop earning awards. 

‘It’s a great place to fulfil all your Downton Abbey fantasies,’ the magazine said.

The gorgeous getaway sits on 614 acres of property and also has an indoor pool, spa, gardens, library, tapestry room, and conservatory. You can even request some time on the nearby lake, and one of hotel's butlers will row you out onto the water.

Fancy a stay at this top-rated, hotel? Book a night here. Prices range anywhere from €670-€1,350 per night depending on the time of year.

Of course, the hotel is also available for weddings and would be the perfect venue for Downton Abbey fans!

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After months of keeping us on our toes, it has been confirmed that there will be a Downton Abbey film!

The beloved television series went on for six drama-filled seasons, winning three Golden Globe Awards, 15 Primetime Emmys and a BAFTA.

The show has gained global attention, becoming the most nominated, non-U.S. television show in Emmy history!

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As Violet says, ""I'm not a romantic, but even I concede that the heart does not exist solely for the purpose to pump blood." And our hearts beat for Downton Abbey!

Details of the film’s plot have yet to be released, but we do know it will feature the next chapter for the Crawley family.

It has been announced that one of the series’ key cast members will NOT be in the film. Lady Rose MacClare, played by Lily James, will not be in the upcoming drama.

When asked the reason for her absence, she told People: “My character Rose moved off to New York, so it would be farfetched to bring her back.”

She explained that because it was a film, it would be too hard to fit Rose in. Otherwise, she would have loved to appear in a cameo.

The film’s delay of production had been due to scheduling conflicts with different cast members.

 

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"There has been a lot of goodwill from all of us, but logistically, it's a bit of a minefield. It's very difficult to get 22 actors together," said Joanne Froggatt, Anna Bates in the series.

Finally overcoming this obstacle, production for the film has officially began this summer, and we can’t wait to see what happens next!

 

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We all LOVE a good TV show, and there is nothing more exciting than when that completely unreal series gets a movie of its very own.

Now, the beloved Downton Abbey is officially getting the movie treatment, and we couldn't be more delighted.  

'Film bosses have requested the services of crew members and accountants to work on the picture,' according to The Sun.

'A budget has been set and now it’s a case of getting everything in place to start shooting.'

Filming of the future box office smash hit is set to start in September 2017. 

'It would take something big to stop the project from happening now,' explained the source that spoke to The Sun.

This could possibly be one of the best TV-to-move adaptions we've ever heard of. 

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Downton Abbey actress Michelle Dockery will soon be transitioning from our TVs to our laptops as she has landed a role in a new Netflix period drama.

The actress – who played Lady Mary in the hit ITV show for five years – has reportedly landed the female lead in a new Netflix mini-series called Godless.

According to The Mirror, the 34-year-old will take up the role of ranch owner Alice Fletcher in the show which is set to be released next year.

Jack O’Connell – who found fame while playing James Cook in Skins – and Jeff Daniels from The Newsroom have also been cast in the series.

It looks like there’s going to be lot of good stuff coming to the portable screen in the coming months as just last week Netflix announced they are producing new episodes of Making a Murderer

Bring on the Winter binge!

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We LOVE Downton Abbey here in Shemazing! HQ, so we were super excited to hear talks about a movie being made.

But, there seems to be a little bit of a delay in making the flick – and creator Jullian Fellowes is not to blame.

While appearing on Loose Women today, the award-winning writer admitted that he wants the TV show to make it to the big screen, but it's the cast that's holding it back.

"Let's just say it's not me slowing things up," he revealed. "The difficulty is rounding up the actors. One is in America making a new series, another is in a play.

"It's very unlikely there won't be a film because there is an audience out there for it. I do hope there is going to be a Downton film. It's going to be fun once everything is sorted but we just need to restructure it," he said.

Let's hope everything works itself out because a Downton movie would make our day. 

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