Downton Abbey returns to Highclere Castle
Today it was confirmed the much anticipated Downton movie will be released in September 2019.
Filming has begun and Highclere Castle is once more the location of Downton Abbey. Written by Julian Fellowes and produced by Carnival Films and NBCUniversal, filming is likely to span 10 weeks. The Castle will be closed to the public during filming, but there will be some special guided tours during this period. Please click here to browse the ticket website.
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 stellar cast from the television series will be reunited to star in the forthcoming movie, from the upstairs characters such as Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery and Elizabeth McGovern as well as Jim Carter and Phyllis Logan from below stairs.
This historical TV drama follows the lives of the Crawley family and their servants in Downton Abbey. The immensely popular series begins in 1912 when the Titanic sank before following the house’s transformation into a convalescent home in the First World War almost mirroring the real story as Highclere Castle’s role as a surgical hospital. The book ‘Lady Almina and the real Downton Abbey’ was a best-selling book which shared this story.
The Countess of Carnarvon commented “We are delighted to welcome Downton back to Highclere again. Julian and the wonderful cast and crew of Downton were so much a part of our lives and it is very special to develop the next role with them.”