Hugh Bonneville denies Downton Abbey movie

Hugh BonnevilleHugh Bonneville has denied there are plans to produce a movie version of hit ITV series Downton Abbey.

There had been rumours that the drama’s creator, Julian Fellowes, was planning on writing a movie of Downton Abbey. The period drama draws big audiences to ITV with the Christmas Special the most watched programme of Christmas Day, according to consolidated ratings released by BARB. However, despite the popularity of the series a movie is not on the cards according to Hugh Bonneville.

“Everyone thinks we’re making a film because our writer spoke to some producers at the Golden Globes, But that is what happens at film awards – it doesn’t mean we’re doing a film. I understand why people think we should though – the cast is incredible.” – Hugh Bonneville speaking to Daily Star

The third series of Downton Abbey is currently in production and it’s been revealed that American actress Shirley MacLaine will be joining the cast as the mother of Cora Crawley (Elizabeth McGovern) while actor Matt Milne will play a new footman in the series. Over the weekend it was announced that Downton Abbey will compete in the Outstanding Drama Series in this year’s Emmy awards meaning it will likely compete against Mad Men.