Cast members from Downton Abbey appeared at a panel on the Television Critics Association tour in the US on the weekend, looking back on a heralded series.
There are just two more weeks of production remaining on the sixth season, but filming at Highclere Castle has already wrapped.
Laura Carmichael (‘Edith Crawley’) said, “It was strange saying goodbye to Highclere Castle because it felt like in a split second it wasn’t our home anymore.”
Michelle Dockery (‘Mary Crawley’) said she and Carmichael sat on Matthew’s bench and had a bit of a cry.
“We didn’t want to leave. Laura and I wandered around for the last time, and suddenly we didn’t want to go home. It was really funny,” she said.
Hugh Bonneville (‘Robert Crawley’) added, “We were all expecting to finish after Series 5.
“[Creator] Julian [Fellowes] said he felt it would feel a bit truncated, so he asked if we would do another nine episodes.”
Elizabeth McGovern (‘Cora Crawley’) said, “I’ll miss the peace of it. In today’s world, we’re so inundated with information.” And she’ll miss being on a hit TV show, she joked.
Asked about the possibility of a movie, producer Gareth Neame said,”There’s rumour and speculation. I’m not denying anything, but there’s no firm plans. I think a Downton movie could be a wonderful thing, but we don’t have a script or a plan or anything as yet.”