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This Was Julian Fellowes’ Inspiration For The First Downton Abbey Film

Series creator Julian Fellowes (“The Gilded Age“) could have kept “Downton Abbey” going for years. After all, soap operas are notorious for spanning generations. But I admire the restraint to put a pin in the series after six seasons of television. It felt like the perfect place to allow the characters to find their own […]

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Maggie Smith Had A Scary Reputation On The Harry Potter Set

Dame Maggie Smith is one of the world’s most distinguished actresses — with an extensive career in theater and films, the 87-year-old veteran is highly respected for her incredible contributions to cinema. Smith’s role as Professor McGonagall in the eight-part “Harry Potter” film franchise catapulted her status from an accomplished English actress to an international […]

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Julian Fellowes Isn’t Sure If Downton Abbey: A New Era Is The End Of The Series

When your movie features a subtitle like “A New Era,” I think it’s safe to say that it opens the possibility of more “Downton Abbey” on the horizon. The second theatrical feature film from series creator Julian Fellowes (“The Gilded Age“) and director Simon Curtis (“My Week With Marilyn“) sees the aristocratic Crawleys scrambling after […]

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Estate Tours, Etiquette Class, And Elegance: Living The Downton Abbey Experience In The English Countryside

With a durable run of six seasons of television and two theatrical feature films, “Downton Abbey” has endured as a global phenomenon that keeps viewers coming back to spend more time with their favorite characters. Everyone comes to the franchise for different reasons, but one of the biggest is its ensemble. Anecdotally, I’ve noticed that […]

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Downton Abbey: A New Era Stars Jim Carter And Raquel Cassidy Had A Blast Filming The Big Dinner Scene [Interview]

The captivating melodrama of “Downton Abbey” would be but window dressing without its spectacular ensemble to bring these characters to life. Even when some favorites ended up leaving the show, series creator/writer Julian Fellowes (“The Gilded Age“) always had someone interesting to add to the roster. For every Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) or Lady Sybil […]

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‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ Makes Streaming Debut on Peacock

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, Variety may receive an affiliate commission.After more than a few production delays, the new “Downton Abbey” sequel film has finally made its streaming debut.“Downton Abbey: A New Era” arrived on Peacock today, following its U.K release on April 29 and […]

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Featuristic Films, WTFilms re-team on survival thriller ‘Cold Meat’ (exclusive)

Downton Abbey star Allen Leech plays a man battling for survival in a blizzard in the Colorado Rockies.French sales company WTFilms has taken world rights on Colorado Rockies-set survival thriller Cold Meat, featuring Downton Abbey star Allen Leech in the lead role.It is Paris-based WTFilm’s second collaboration with UK production company Featuristic Films, after working […]

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