Downton Abbey cast in 'talks' for film version

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 22 December 2014
Raquel Cassidy as Phyllis Baxter

Raquel Cassidy as Phyllis Baxter

There is a "definite possibility" that ITV hit drama 'Downton Abbey' may be made into a film, according to cast member Raquel Cassidy

'Downton Abbey' may be made into a movie.

The show's cast has revealed there is a "definite possibility" that the hit ITV drama will be heading for the big screen.

Raquel Cassidy explained: "There have been talks and there is definitely a possibility of a 'Downton' film.

"There is real hope. It's been mentioned more than once and there's a lot of commercial and artistic interest. Stranger things have happened, so watch this space."

Meanwhile, Raquel - who plays housemaid Phyllis Baxter in the period drama - has admitted that Maggie Smith, who stars as Countess of Grantham Violet Crawley, can be "intimidating" to work with.

The 46-year-old actress revealed to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "[Maggie] is a genuine grand dame of the industry and doesn't suffer fools gladly. She can't stand people who approach her all nervous and intimidated - that ­immediately gets her back up.

"She wants you to operate on her level or not at all. Then again, if you're like that she probably won't even notice you.

"At the same time she's very talented and also game for a laugh if she thinks you're worth it. She's intimidating if you're easily frightened. Actors need a thick skin - especially in the presence of ­somebody as iconic as her."

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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