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Downton Abbey movie moves a step closer to reality

Downton Abbey

Story by Jack Foley

A MOVIE version of popular ITV costume drama “Downton Abbey”: appears to have moved a step closer now that Dame Maggie Smith – one of its main players – has agreed to take part.

According to Michael Fox, who plays friendly valet Andy Parker on the show, the veteran actress has now decided to appear in the film.

Speaking at a BAFTA event in Los Angeles ahead of Sunday’s Emmys, where Dame Maggie picked up her third Emmy for her portrayal of Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham in the show, Fox appeared to confirm that the actress had changed her mind after previously being sceptical of doing a movie.

“The film without her would still be good with all the other actors,” he told the Mail Online. “But it puts a stamp of quality with her in it.”

And he was backed by creator and writer Julian Fellowes, who also spoke enthusiastically about the prospect of a film version.

“I think it will be fun to get everyone together… and move it to a larger scale because you have got more money to spend.”

Fellowes reiterated those comments while speaking to Good Morning Britain following the Emmy victory on Sunday, saying: “I would love to make [a Downtown Abbey movie]. As far as I am concerned, I am completely up for it. [And] most of the cast are up for it.”

Downton Abbey bowed out in December 2015 with a well received Christmas special.

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