Published On: Wed, Sep 11th, 2019

Downton Abbey movie: Imelda Staunton warns fans NOT to hope for sequel | Films | Entertainment


Today’s edition of ITV programme This Morning saw Downton Abbey stars Imelda Staunton and Laura Carmichael, who play Lady Bashaw and Lady Edith Crawley respectively, appearing for a chat about the new film before its release in cinemas.

Interviewed by presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, the actresses were full of excitement when it comes to the return of the film.

While Lady Edith has been a staple in the series since the very beginning, Lady Bashaw is a new edition to the cast, and will face a major stand-off against the Dowager Countess Violet Crawley (Maggie Smith).

Yet when discussion turned to that of a second film to add to the franchise, Imelda had some worrying comments about the possibility.

“I can see it now, Bagshaw is back!” the esteemed actress joked at first.

Dodging the question of a sequel, Imelda considered carefully: “I do think were going to satisfy the people [with this one].

“We’re all a little bit greedy aren’t we? “We want more!” the actress laughed. “We haven’t even had our main course yet and we want our pudding.”

Despite her attempts not to stoke the fire she continued with a gentle warning to fans hopeful of a return.

“Unless it sells, no one’s gonna have it,” she added firmly.

Phillip and Holly insisted the film will do well, but time will tell if the cast will return for yet another outing.

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On what it was like to return to work with her old co-workers, Laura shared: “It was amazing, it did feel a bit like coming come.

“Feels like I am now, and seeing everyone there – it was a joyful reunion.”

It has been four years since the series last aired on television, but the star revealed a film had been on the cards ever since.

“It was constantly in the air, but it takes so long to get everyone together and the schedules to match up,” Laura said.

In terms of how Imelda felt being asked to join the Downton Abbey family though, the star admitted to being taken-aback at first.

The Harry Potter actress is married to Jim Carter, who plays Mr Carson, in real life.

“It was such a shock I have to say,” she replied. “I was very shocked.

“But really excited.”

“And I’ve got a very good, intricate storyline,” the pleased star added.

Downton Abbey the movie is in cinemas Friday, September 13.



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