Downton Abbey set 'haunted'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 October 2011
Julian Fellowes

Julian Fellowes

The set of 'Downton Abbey' is reportedly haunted by numerous ghost and spirits living in Highclere Castle, Berkshire

Downton Abbey's set is haunted.

The ITV1 period drama is filmed at Highclere Castle, Berkshire, and Lady Carnarvon, the country pile's chatelaine, thinks there are spirits and ghosts living all over stunning property.

She told the Daily Telegraph newspaper: "There are a few different ghosts here. We all know who they are. Some people see ghosts. Some don't. It doesn't matter.

"But a lot of people have lived here, and I think you can tell when something terribly upsetting has happened in a room."

However, it seems the ghosts are having a positive effect on the show, as its second series has proved hugely successful, with creator Julian Fellowes admitting he is stunned by the affection people have for the period drama.

Speaking about the show - which has now been sold to more than 100 countries, including America, Australia, Japan and Israel - Julian said: "I thought we'd made a good show and people would enjoy it, but it was extraordinary.

"We were playing to something like a third of the adult population. I mean, nobody could expect that level of success, except for Simon Cowell. It was completely mad."

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