Downton Abbey Sequel Confirmed As The Final Chapter

By Douglas Helm | Published

It looks like we’re getting one last visit to Downton Abbey. Imelda Staunton, who played Lady Maud Bagshaw in the previous two films in the franchise, confirmed that a third movie is on the way. Staunton confirmed the rumors on BBC Radio 2’s breakfast show, where she also revealed, “There will be the final film – there you go.”

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So, it seems like Downton Abbey will get not only a third film but also the last one. The Julian Fellowes-created drama has been a massive success since its ITV debut in 2011, enough to get a full six seasons and two movies. In 2022, the franchise released the second film, Downton Abbey: A New Era, but it seems like this third film will be a definitive wrap-up of the beloved series.

The Rumored Return Of Paul Giamatti

Other rumors say that Paul Giamatti, who has enjoyed recent critical success from his role in The Holdovers, will also reprise his role as Harold Levinson in the film. The new Downton Abbey film is also reportedly filming at Highclere Castle in summer and it could premiere as soon as next year. The last film was a financial success, grossing $93 million worldwide, though it didn’t draw as much as the first film, which brought in $195 million worldwide. 

A Massive Hit On Both Sides Of The Pond

Downton Abbey started as a British historical drama set in the early 20th century and originally aired on the UK’s ITV in 2010 and the US’ PBS in 2011. Along with its six seasons (or series in the UK), it also had five Christmas specials. The show took place in the titular fictional Yorkshire estate and followed the Crawley family and their servants living through major events like the sinking of the Titanic, the First World War, Spanish influenza, the Irish War of Independence, the Teapot Dome scandal, and much more.

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Downton Abbey also featured a star-studded cast of talent. The main cast members for the first season included Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Brown Findlay, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Maggie Smith, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Dan Stevens, Maggie Smith, Rose Leslie, Penelope Wilton, Siobhan Finneran, Joanna Froggatt, Phyllis Logan, Thomas Howes, Rob James-Collier, Sophie McShera, and Lesley Nicole. It remains to be seen who will return for the third and final film.

Awards, Drama, And Proper Etiquette

Downton Abbey received plenty of success and critical acclaim during its run, earning 69 Emmy nominations and 15 wins. It also racked up accolades, such as being the most-watched TV series on both ITV and PBS. The show eventually ended its television run with the sixth series, which aired in 2015 and ran its annual Christmas special as the series finale. 

6 Seasons And 3 Movies

Downton Abbey was brought back in 2019 with the first film of the series, and then the second film was released in 2022. While it appears that the third film will truly be the last one, it wouldn’t be surprising if the franchise was brought back in some way further in the future. In the meantime, we’ll keep you updated on the release date when more details are announced.