Sue Johnston was cut from Downton Abbey movie

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 23 July 2019
Sue Johnston in Downton Abbey

Sue Johnston in Downton Abbey

Sue Johnston revealed that her character Gladys Denker was dropped from the 'Downton Abbey' movie

Sue Johnston has revealed she has been cut from the 'Downton Abbey' movie.

The 75-year-old actress played Gladys Denker in the hugely popular period drama series – the lady's maid to Dame Maggie Smith's Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham – but although she was originally in the script for the upcoming film, her character's involvement was dropped by writer Julian Fellowes.

Speaking to Radio Times magazine, she said: "Denker was the first in the script and then the script disappeared. Imagine how I felt!"

Despite not appearing in the film, the former 'Coronation Street' star has fond memories of filming the show and recalled an incident while with Maggie, 84, which "broke the back of shyness".

She said: "Maggie and I were doing a scene. Maggie comes in from dinner and sits on the chair and I get down to do her boots, then we have to cross to the dressing room.

"And we're talking, taking. We go to get up and neither of us can move. She can't get off the chair and I can't get off the floor!

"And I think that broke the back of shyness. I think she's had her knee done since then and I've had my back op."

The movie will see the return of fan favourites including Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham and Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Cora Crawley and Elizabeth, 57, previously teased that the movie is for viewers who have "loved getting to know the characters" and she hopes the film lives up to the fans' huge expectations.

She said: "I think so, it's certainly our intention. I haven't seen it yet but it is for the fans, it's for the people that stayed with the show that loved getting to know the characters who have been through very much."

Downton Abbey

  • 4 stars
  • 2019
  • UK
  • 2h 2min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Michael Engler
  • Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith
  • UK release: 13 September 2019

A big screen outing for Downton Abbey and its inhabitants. Directed by Michael Engler.

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