(L to R) Actors Jim Carter, Raquel Cassidy, Kevin Doyle, Phyllis Logan and Brendan Coyle on the set of DOWNTON ABBEY, a Focus Features release. Credit: Jaap Buitendijk / © 2019 Focus Features, LLC.
Downton Abbey 2
Despite the delay to the release of the second Downton Abbey film announced earlier this year, we have been treated to some new footage with Highclere Castle standing centre stage.
The original cast has been joined by a Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye, and Dominic West and the new footage gives a few pointers about what their roles might be!
On Monday 19th April, it was confirmed that Highclere Castle will be the location of the forthcoming Downton Abbey film, written by Julian Fellowes and directed by Simon Curtis.
From films such as Woman in Gold, and My Week with Marilyn, Curtis has garnered numerous accolades including 7 BAFTA nominations, and 2 Academy Award nominations.
Filming at Highclere will take place this Spring and on filming days the Castle will be closed to the public. However all the tours of the Castle and gardens already scheduled will still take place and we look forward to welcoming our visitors.
The first Downton Abbey television series was filmed in 2010 at Highclere Castle, home to the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. Such was its success, a further five series followed which were enjoyed by over 270 million viewers worldwide. The first film was released in 2019 to critical acclaim and great box office success.
The stellar cast from the television series will be reunited to star in the forthcoming movie, from the upstairs characters played by Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery and Elizabeth McGovern to Jim Carter, Phyllis Logan and all the rest of team below stairs.
Lady Carnarvon commented “We are thrilled to be welcoming Downton Abbey back to Highclere again. Julian and the wonderful cast and crew became so much part of our lives here at Highclere and we look forward to our next adventure with them.”
Now you have watched the series and seen the movie, visit us here at Highclere Castle and relive every scene: glide down the grand oak staircase like Lady Mary did on her wedding day, sit at Jackdaws Castle where Lady Edith so often found herself and take in the state dining room where many of the Dowager Countess' wonderfully acerbic lines were delivered by Dame Maggie Smith.
We have general admission days, guided tour days and some very special events throughout 2021. Book now.
(L to R) Michelle Dockery stars as Lady Mary, Robert James-Collier as Thomas Barrow, Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley and Allen Leech as Tom Branson in DOWNTON ABBEY, a Focus Features release. Credit: Jaap Buitendijk / © 2019 Focus Features, LLC.