Downton Abbey 3 | New film announced starring Paul Giamatti

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Downton Abbey is heading back to the big screen for a new installment – and it’s bringing back some newly-nominated faces…

Hold onto your overs and side your ways, Paul Giamatti is launching straight out of his The Holdovers Oscar nomination back into Downton in a new screen adaptation from original scribe Julian Fellowes.

Giamatti was last seen gracing Downton’s many steps in the series’ 2013 Christmas special, where he played “free spirited playboy” Harold Levinson.

Simon Curtis is returning to direct after taking charge on 2022’s Downton Abbey: A New Era, while the returning cast includes series mainstays Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, and Michelle Dockery.

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The Downton Abbey cast were last seen in 2022’s A New Era. Playing tennis, apparently. (Credit: Focus Features)

Making their return alongside them are (deep breath) Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Phyllis Logan, Robert James-Collier, Joanne Froggatt, Allen Leech, Penelope Wilton, Lesley Nicol, Michael Fox, Raquel Cassidy, Brendan Coyle, Kevin Doyle, Harry Hadden-Paton, Sophie McShera and Douglas Reith. It’s a good job the house is so big.

The Downton Abbey Cinematic Universe has proved a surprise British international success story, launching out of the hit ITV show (which ended in 2015) with 2019’s Downton Abbey – which earned $194m worldwide.

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The last instalment in the franchise boasts the unlikely title of the second-widest cinema release in the UK, debuting a couple of Aprils ago in 746 locations (the current wideness-leader, No Time To Die, opened in 772. Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker takes third with 740. We love facts).

More on all things Downton (and Giamatti) as we hear them…

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