Julian Fellowes hints at Downton Abbey “afterlife” once the final episode airs

A film?

by Anna Lewis |
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There have been rumours going around for a while now that there’s going to be a Downton Abbey film once the TV series finishes after it’s upcoming sixth series.

And now the show’s creator, Julian Fellowes, has added even more fuel to that lovely Downton-film fire by saying the show could well have “some afterlife”.


"It wouldn't surprise me if it had some afterlife because it's been such a strong force. But it's definitely finished on television. That's it," he said at a special BAFTA event for the series last night.

Julian Fellowes
Julian Fellowes

He added that now is the right time to finish the TV series, saying: "I think it's right to stop when people are sorry and not when people are relieved."

Julian also said that he will definitely be involved with whatever direction Downton takes. "I'm not sure I could trust my baby to another nurse!" he joked.

Downton Abbey is expected to return to ITV for its final series next month. With the 2015 Christmas special being the last episode ever. Sob.

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BAFTA Downton Abbey style gallery

Elizabeth McGovern1 of 7

Elizabeth McGovern

The modern day Cora would lovvvvve this chic feather shift. We love Elizabeth's clashing accessories too - her mono striped clutch and burgundy heels stop her frock looking too ladylike

Laura Carmichael2 of 7

Laura Carmichael

Laura's floral column dress struck the perfect balance between red carpet glam and pretty summer prints

Joanne Froggatt3 of 7

Joanne Froggatt

Jo kept it chic and simple in an off-white gown paired with a marble clutch and tousled locks

Lily James4 of 7

Lily James

Proving she can work both Cinderella ballgowns and sleek pencil dresses in this textured frock. And how much are we obsessed with those pom pom heels?

MyAnna Buring5 of 7

MyAnna Buring

MyAnna let her midnight blue fishtail lace gown do the talking and kept clear of any bling

Michelle Dockery6 of 7

Michelle Dockery

Ever the classy red carpet goddess, Lady Mary chose monochrome with a classic scarlet lip and a gold mini clutch

Sophie McShera7 of 7

Sophie McShera

Mixing grungy beauty with a textured pencil frock and simple strappies

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