Downton Abbey 3 is officially happening - and these are the characters who will (and won't) be returning

downton abbey 3 is officially happening - and these are the characters who will (and won't) be returning

Downton Abbey 3 is officially happening - and these are the characters who will (and won't) be returning

Downtown Abbey 3 is happening! The film will be the third in the series, which itself was based on the cult TV series of the same name. If you're a longtime fan of the Downton universe, you're probably wondering which characters will be returning to the film, and don't worry, you're in for a treat.

According to a press release, these are the cast members you can expect back on the big screen this time around:

  • Hugh Bonneville (Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham)
  • Elizabeth McGovern (Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham)
  • Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley)
  • Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith Crawley)
  • Jim Carter (Charles Carson)
  • Phyllis Logan (Mrs. Hughes)
  • Robert James-Collier (Thomas Barrow)
  • Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates)
  • Allen Leech (Tom Branson)
  • Penelope Wilton (Isobel Crawley)
  • Lesley Nicol (Mrs. Patmore)
  • Michael Fox (Andy)
  • Raquel Cassidy (Baxter)
  • Brendan Coyle (John Bates)
  • Kevin Doyle (Joseph Molesley)
  • Harry Hadden-Paton (Bertie Pelham)
  • Sophie McShera (Daisy Mason)
  • Douglas Reith (Lord Merton)

Meanwhile, it looks like some beloved cast members won't be returning, most notably Dame Maggie Smith (Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham). Other names absent from the press release include David Robb (Dr. Clarkson), Lily James (Lady Rose MacClare), and Samantha Bond (Lady Rosamund Painswick).

Focus Features and Carnival Films are thrilled to announce the third film in the beloved Downton Abbey franchise. More information: https://t.co/nupZ9LkeXd pic.twitter.com/cRFH4SpOsbMay 13, 2024

Still, there's some more good news: some newbies (or relative newbies) have been added to the cast. Paul Giamatti will return in the role of Harold Levinson (Cora Grantham's brother), which he played for one episode of the show, while Dominic West will reprise the role of Guy Dexter. They will be joined by Joely Richardson, Alessandro Nivola, Simon Russell Beale, and Arty Froushan.

Downton Abbey, the series, ran between 2010 and 2015, with the first film being released in 2019. The sequel, Downton Abbey: A New Era, was released in 2022. This upcoming third instalment is expected to be the last.

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