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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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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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The BAFTAs often happen to fall around mid-February, and for the first time in a while this year, they took place on Valentine's Day itself, February 14.

Host Stephen Fry paid homage to many of the "gifts" the US has given this side of the world ("foam fingers… leaf blowers…. syrup on bacon"), before introducing the audience to the first ever BAFTA Kiss Cam – and using it to catch out a few unsuspecting celebs.

After Stanley Tucci planted an absolute smacker on Cuba Gooding Jr's cheek, the cameras turned to Leonardo DiCaprio and the inimitable Dame Maggie Smith.

What followed was one of the most adorable award show moments we've seen so far this year, as Leo leaned in to give a surprised (and totally chuffed) Maggie a big smooch:

Amazing. Maggie even returned the favour by turning around to hug Leo after his inpromptu kiss.

While most of the guests played along with the fun – Bryan Cranson and Julianne Moore went for a full on French kiss – two people who weren't into kissing on camera were real-life couple Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander.

The pair, who've been together since last year, looked downright awkward as the cameras panned to them, choosing instead to stare straight ahead rather than look at each other.

Maybe next time…?!

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