A FAMOUS castle in north Hampshire is set to take centre stage again when it features in a film arriving in cinemas next month.

The release of the highly anticipated sequel to the Downton Abbey film, titled A New Era, was delayed for a second time from March 18 to April 29, when it will be shown in cinemas in the UK.

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It was originally meant to be released at Christmas last year.

Starring Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, and Elizabeth McGovern, much of the period drama was filmed at Highclere Castle, home to the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.

Filming took place in April last year, when Lady Carnarvon posted on her blog to say the announcement of a second Downton Abbey film was “the perfect tonic” and “something positive to look forward to”.


She described the film, which continues to follow the lives of the Crawley family and their servants, as “pure escapism, a romance and a dreamy nostalgic two hours in a cinema”.

The ITV1 drama which was watched by more than 10 million people each week ran for six series before being made into a movie which was released in September 2019.

Fans of the drama have had to wait more than two years for the sequel, written by Julian Fellowes and produced by Carnival Films, Focus Features and Universal Pictures.

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