Downton Abbey 3 reveals release date - ‘A new motion picture event’

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27 Jun 2024, 08:55

The cast of Downton Abbey

Credit: Universal Pictures

Get ready to head back to Downton Abbey, because the third film in the series is bringing another aristocratic adventure.

It was announced last month that the much-loved British drama is set to return to the silver screen, and now an exact date has been set.

Universal Pictures UK took to social media on Wednesday (26th June) to reveal when we can see the third instalment.



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The official account wrote on Instagram and X: “A new motion picture event. The third film in the beloved #DowntonAbbey franchise will be released only in cinemas September 12, 2025.”

The 12th September is the same day that the film also lands in the US.

Whilst plot details have yet to be unveiled, the story is expected to follow on from 2022’s Downton Abbey: A New Era. It is written by creator Julian Fellowes and will be directed by Simon Curtis, who helmed the second film in the franchise. 

What we do know is that Paddington star Hugh Bonneville will be back as Robert Crawley, while Elizabeth McGovern will return as Cora Crawley.

Meanwhile, Sideways star Paul Giamatti will be reprise his role Cora's brother Harold Levinson, and we will also see the likes of Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates), Dame Penelope Wilton (Lady Merton), Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Talbot), Jim Carter (Mr Carson) and Phyllis Logan (Elsie Carson).

Joely Richardson, Alessandro Nivola, Simon Russell Beale and Arty Froushan will also feature.

In a new interview with Yahoo!, Hugh Bonneville teased what is to come. “For my character, I think the usual [can be expected], which is that he's a sort of dinosaur trying to be led into the future reluctantly, and then eventually he stumbles forward a bit,” he said. “So as always, there's that rhythm of things changing with glacial slowness.

“Robert [is] finally accepting that things [are changing] - it's time to move the story on, so to speak. It's got the usual tropes, if you like, of thrills and spills in a very Downton way, which means spilling a teacup pretty much!”

He enthused: “I think there's so much warmth and fun to enjoy, and new elements as well - which I won't spoil - that I think it'll certainly be the best iteration of the film versions yet.”

Downton Abbey 3 will arrive in UK and US cinemas on 12th September 2025.