Special Screening of “Downton Abbey” Movie Announced

The Downton Abbey movie is set to be released in a little over a month, and we’re sure that fans of the series will be counting down the days until their favorite TV show hits the big screen on September 20.

Now, British fans can add another exciting date to their calendars because a special screening followed by a panel with several members of the cast has been announced.

Hosted by actor Jim Carter (Downton‘s very own Mr. Carson), the screening and panel will be held at the Kiln Theatre in London on September 29. While most members of the panel are yet to be announced, Carter has revealed that Imelda Staunton (Professor Umbridge) will be making an appearance.

I’m delighted to be returning to Kiln Cinema to host a screening of the new ‘Downton Abbey’ film. I’ll be joined by several members of the cast – including Lady Maud Bagshaw, a.k.a Imelda Staunton – for a Q and A session after the film. This will give ‘Downton’ fans a wonderful opportunity to question their favorite characters in person. It’ll be a great event.

Staunton will be making her Downton Abbey debut in the movie, playing Lady Maud Bagshaw, a lady-in-waiting to Queen Mary. Much of Staunton’s role and the movie itself is still a mystery. However, in exciting news for wizarding world fans, an exclusive from Vanity Fair has revealed that Staunton is likely to be sharing screen time with fellow Potter alumna, and the Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey, Dame Maggie Smith.

In revealing new details about the film, Vanity Fair reported that although she is “the resident queen of lethal quip,” the Dowager Countess may well meet her match in Staunton’s Lady Maud Bagshaw. This intriguing information was accompanied by exclusive cast photographs featuring Dame Maggie Smith and some of the other members of the Crawley household.


Dame Maggie Smith in character as the Dowager Countess from "Downton Abbey" sits in front of a mirror.


The cast of the "Downton Abbey" poses for a group photo.


This Downton Abbey special screening is a great chance for fans of the series to hear more about the movie from the cast themselves. The screening and panel will be held on September 29 at 4 p.m. at the Kiln Theatre in London. Tickets to the event will cost £35 and will go on sale on August 12 at 10 a.m. BST on the Kiln Theatre website.

Lucy O'Shea

I was given a copy of Philosopher's Stone in 2001, and instantly, I was hooked. Since then, my passion for Potter has been equaled only by my passion for fair access to education (and watching motorsport). A spell I wish could exist in the Muggle world is the summoning charm because this Hufflepuff is not a "particularly good finder"!