DOWNTON ABBEY

CLOSER TAKES A SNEAK PEEK AT THE CRAW­LEY FAM­ILY’S FIRST THE­ATRI­CAL FEA­TURE

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Here’s a sneak peek at five fun facts from the set of the hotly an­tic­i­pated movie.

When Downton Abbey broad­cast its fi­nal episode in 2016, the mem­bers of the up­per class Craw­ley fam­ily and their beloved ser­vants had mostly found their happy end­ings, but the con­clu­sion of the pe­riod drama left fans want­ing more. In the fall of 2019, Down­town Abbey, a the­atri­cal re­lease, will pick up in the au­tumn of 1927, 18 months af­ter the events of the se­ries fi­nale. Closer un­cov­ered th­ese rev­e­la­tions about the new film.

Af­ter years of ro­man­tic ups and downs,

Lady Mary, played by Michelle Dock­ery, fi­nally found her match in Henry Tal­bot, a race car driver who seems to match her tem­per­a­ment. “They’re very sup­port­ive of one an­other and they’re good friends. It’s nice to see Mary in that way as op­posed to be­ing in con­stant tur­moil about her love life,” says Michelle, who hints that even though her fam­ily life is set­tled, Lady Mary will be needed at Downton more than ever. “There’s a sense of Mary hold­ing it all to­gether,” she says.

Mean­while, younger sis­ter Lady Edith tri­umphed by mar­ry­ing Ber­tie,

who be­came 7th Mar­quess of Hex­ham. Her move to an even more wealthy, dis­tin­guished house will be a dif­fi­cult tran­si­tion for her. “It brings with it much more re­spon­si­bil­ity and pro­to­col than she was raised with at Downton,” con­fides the film’s di­rec­tor, Michael En­gler.

Tom Bran­son, Lady Sy­bil’s wid­ower,

moved to the United States with their daugh­ter, Syb­bie. Love might fi­nally catch up with him in the film. “Given the fact that he is one of the only ones left who hasn’t found love, one would hope and as­sume there is an op­por­tu­nity for him to have an iota of a chance at find­ing some­thing,” says Allen Leech, who plays the for­mer chauf­feur.

Car­son, the es­tate’s dis­creet and ca­pa­ble but­ler,

had re­tired due to palsy at the se­ries end, but the ser­vant, played by Jim Carter, will be back. “Let’s just say that his brief re­tire­ment has been very good for his health,” says En­gler, who pre­vi­ously di­rected sev­eral episodes of the TV se­ries.

Lady Vi­o­let will also re­turn

— per­haps the least changed of any of the prin­ci­pals and still ready to de­liver the best one-lin­ers. “She rep­re­sents the old­est of the old guard,” re­marks En­gler of the Dowa­ger Count­ess, played by Mag­gie Smith. “She has a beau­ti­ful line in the film where she says to Mary, ‘One must have stan­dards, but one must not be in­flex­i­ble.’ That’s what she’s al­ways stood for.”

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