“Downton Abbey” Prepares to Reach the Silver Screen

Downton Abbey, the historical period drama series that aired from 2010 to 2015, will soon be making its way “upstairs” to the silver screen. The film adaptation of the series will be released on September 20 in the United States, and there are plenty of updates to report.

Joining the familiar faces from its television run, including Dame Maggie Smith (Minerva McGonagall) as the Dowager Countess, is Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge). Staunton plays a new character, Lady Maud Bagshaw, and has teased that her character has a secret connection to the Crawley family.

Staunton appeared on the television show This Morning, where she also discussed the Harry Potter reunion on the set of the film.

It was great to be back with [Dame Maggie Smith]. She’s got those lines and no one can say them like her. No one. We could all be given those lines and none of us could deliver them like Maggie.

Behind the scenes, it seems that the cast and crew of the Downton Abbey film enjoyed themselves. The Daily Mail shared photos of cast members snapping selfies and joking around between takes.

The film’s world premiere was held at London’s Leicester Square on September 9, and photos from the premiere naturally made their way onto Twitter.




If the excitement of the premiere wasn’t enough, NBC will be airing a special titled Return to Downton Abbey: A Grand Event at 8 p.m. on September 19. Deadline reports that Derek Hough of Dancing with the Stars will host the special. (Coincidentally, Hough was an extra in the first Harry Potter film.)

To find out when the Downton Abbey film will be released where you live, you can visit the website of Carnival Films.

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Mary W.

I am a Slytherin, a lifelong fan of Harry Potter, and a member of MuggleNet staff since 2014. In my Muggle life, I am passionate about human rights, and I love to travel around the world and meet new people.