The Downton Abbey movie sequel reportedly set to make all our Christmas 2021 wishes come true

We can hardly wait!

Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Cora and Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham in Downton Abbey
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The Downton Abbey movie sequel we’ve all been hoping for looks set to make Christmas that bit more special this year as reports claim the plan is for the film to be released in December. Ever since the hit ITV historical drama series ended, the one thing we knew we needed to see land on our screens was a Downton Abbey movie

Now, two years after the movie was released, we might be about to see our dreams of watching the sequel come true in record time. 

When will the Downton Abbey movie sequel be released?

According to The Mirror, the Downton Abbey movie sequel is set to shoot this summer and bosses are supposedly hoping for a festive release. 

The publication stated that one source revealed: “Everyone is hoping the June 21 date for the end of the pandemic holds. The crew dates are being fixed and the team are going into prep for a summer shoot."

"The plan is to turn it around quickly and release the film as a festive treat in December," the source added.

If this turns out to be true, it will certainly sprinkle a bit of festive magic on Christmas 2021!

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What have the Downton Abbey cast said about the sequel?

Actor Hugh Bonneville who played Lord Grantham in the popular series and film has recently discussed the Downton Abbey movie sequel. Speaking on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2, he said: "We would love to do it, we are desperate to do it, and I think it’s the sort of pleasurable release of a movie like the first one was, that audiences would enjoy after all of this mess we have been through." 

Whilst last year Jim Carter, who plays efficient butler Carson, appeared on This Morning and told host Holly Willoughby he’d actually seen a script for the Downton Abbey movie sequel.

“If you promise not to tell anyone, I’ll let you know that we’ve seen a script…The script for a second film is there. We’ve seen it!

"It's very funny, it's got all the same characters in, all the regular characters,” he said at the time.

What might the Downton Abbey movie sequel be about?

Whilst no official plot synopsis has been given for the Downton Abbey movie sequel, some fans may well be hoping to see it pick up where the previous film left off. In one of the final scenes of the first movie, we saw the Crawley family matriarch, Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, played wonderfully by Dame Maggie Smith, talking to her granddaughter Lady Mary.

After being confronted about a visit to London by Mary, Violet confessed that she had been to see a doctor, though fans might take comfort in the fact that she left the door open for her return.

“I may not have long to live,” she declared, but after all, ‘might’ is not a certainty, meaning she definitely could return.

Who else can’t wait to watch the Downton Abbey movie sequel when it is finally released?

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com. 


After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!