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HIGHCLERE, England — On a recent afternoon, the skies over Highclere Castle were a brilliant blue more reminiscent of Southern California than the Hampshire countryside, but otherwise things on location at “Downton Abbey” were characteristically English.
That is to say, there were stiff upper lips among cast and crew, despite the fact that the beloved period piece is more than halfway through filming its sixth and final season.
“We’re not in the least bit sentimental yet,” said Hugh Bonneville, who plays the Crawley family’s proud but bungling patriarch, Lord Grantham. The actor was seated beneath a priceless Van Dyck portrait of King Charles I in the dining room at Highclere, a space that, like the offices of Sterling Cooper or the hills of King’s Landing, has become instantly familiar to viewers in this age of celebrated TV drama.
MAGGIE SMITH takes direction from Michael Englar during f ilming of the f inal season.
Hugh Bonneville, left, Kevin Doyle