Downton Abbey returns to Highclere Castle

Today it was confirmed that Highclere Castle will be the location of the forthcoming Downton Abbey film, written by Julian Fellowes, produced by Carnival Films and NBCUniversal. Filming at Highclere will begin in September and 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.

The first Downton Abbey television series was filmed in 2010 at Highclere Castle in, 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 be welcoming Downton back to Highclere again. Julian and the wonderful cast and crew of Downton were so much a part of our lives and we will enjoy our next role with them.”