When is the Downton Abbey movie release date and who is in the cast?

Downton Abbey is back – and this time its on the big screen (Picture: ITV)

Its been almost four years since we last saw a glimpse of Downton Abbey, with the show bowing out on Christmas Day 2015 with its final festive special.

But the series has now made the leap from the small screen to the big, with the much-anticipated movie heading to cinemas to continue the story.

And the stars of the film are expected to converge on London later as the movie gets its premiere – with plenty of familiar faces among the cast.

So just whens it out and what can you expect? Heres what you need to know…

When is the Downton Abbey movie release date?

Downton Abbey the movie is released in UK cinemas this Friday, a week before US viewers get it in their cinemas on 20 September.

Its getting a wide release which means you shouldnt have any trouble finding it showing in a cinema near you.

A still from the movie of Downton Abbey
Expect to see a few familiar faces in the movie (Picture: Universal)

The movie is rated PG for mild threat and language and runs for 122 minutes – so slightly longer than your average episode of the show then.

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Who is in the cast of Downton Abbey?

Hugh Bonneville in the movie of Downton Abbey
Hugh Bonneville is back as the Earl of Grantham (Picture: Universal)

Many of the familiar Downton Abbey cast members have returned for the big screen outing – among them Hugh Bonneville as the Earl of Grantham, Elizabeth McGovern as the Countess of Grantham, Jim Carter as Charles Carson, Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Talbot and Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess.

Other cast members returning include Brendan Coyle, Rob James-Collier, Joanne Froggatt, Phyllis Logan, Laura Carmichael, Lesley Nicol and Penelope Wilton.

Meanwhile you can also look forward to seeing Simon Jones as King George V and Geraldine James as Queen Mary, along with David Haig as the Royal Butler, Philippe Spall as the Royal Chef and Kate Phillips playing Mary, Princess Royal.

What is the Downton Abbey movie about?

Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess in Downton Abbey
Maggie Smith is also among those returning (Picture: Universal)

The movie – which is set in 1927 – centres around a royal visit to Downton, causing a stir among the Crawleys and the servants as they prepare for their arrival.

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