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media labelingThe cast of Downton Abbey discusses the transition from the small to the big screen

It has been talked about for years, and now Julian Fellowes' hit ITV drama is finally being put on the big screen.

All your favorite characters have returned – get ready for the famous one-liners of Lady Maggie – along with a few high-profile new faces, including Imelda Staunton and David Haig of Killing Eve.

The film revolves around a visit by the King and Queen, which both confuses the Downton household and the village.

The reviews were warm, if not particularly impressive. Many releases, including The Telegraph, The Sun, The Guardian and The Daily Mail, gave the film three out of five stars.

Here's everything you need to know about the movie – including some of the jewels of the stars behind the scenes.

(NB: We've tried to avoid big spoilers whenever possible, but remember that some details of the storyline may be listed below.)

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1) Everyone only feels a teensy a bit nervous about the release

Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary, says her first thought of being on the screen was, "Our faces will be much bigger!

"It's an extension of the show, just a notch appeared, it was important that it did not feel that different."

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The creator of Downton, Julian Fellowes, agrees, "We wanted people to recognize the show they loved in the movie, and our job was to make it more cinematic."

Kevin Doyle, who plays up-and-coming Joseph Moseley, says, "It was scary that we all gathered for our first scene down in the wine cellar – it's rare that we come back together after a three-year break as a group of actors."

Lesley Nicol, who plays the favorite cook of all, Mrs. Patmore, adds: "The movie is eagerly awaited, so it's a lot of pressure."

2) Breakfast is the most important meal of the day

The former family chauffeur and today's estate manager Tom Branson is played by Allen Leech.

"My first day on set was with Michelle and Hugh (Bonneville – Lord Grantham) during a breakfast scene, and I was thrilled when they made a fantastic breakfast on set, and one thing I and Hugh always suffer from is that we actually Have breakfast and dinner. " they always take 28 takes. Hugh and I always say, "Are you going to finish this sausage?"

3) There is a real husband-wife team

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Watch out, Mrs. Hughes, Carson was accompanied by a new lead actress.

Imelda Staunton joins the cast as Lady Bagshaw.

She has been married to Jim Carter for 36 years, playing Downton's retired butler.

Imelda jokes: "Carson has been coming home every night for many years! I felt good, but I did not want to get left off the side, I would have gotten it from Carson's neck at night if I had not pulled my weight . "

Imelda plays the cousin of Lady Violet (Lady Maggie Smith): "I thought I was down, I was quite surprised to be up Jim and I went to work together for three days and were pretty excited Of course, I would like to had been down and Carson had a hard time!

"But I was very happy in the company of Geraldine James (Queen Mary) and Maggie, it was like I was up with Federer and Nadal, so it was really nice."

4) Whisper it – Mrs Patmore and Daisy are no culinary queens in real life

"I go to cooking classes – too vegan," Lesley admits.

"That's not very Patmore," Sophie explains.

She adds, "We can really pretend we're cooking, but we're terrible!"

About Sophie's character Daisy, who has been the subject of Mrs. Patmore's first series, explains: "Madam is a bit more cheerful, I used to be the dominant character, but things have changed, they're more open, the dynamics have changed. "

Sophie adds, "They seem to be more equal, it's come to pass, Daisy is now watching out for Mrs. Patmore, Mrs. Patmore is like the mother who makes you feel guilty, so Daisy is still here!"

5) Former Prime Minister Theresa May inspired one of the crucial scenes

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Kevin Doyle's character Moseley became a teacher in the last series

Moseley returns to Downton to serve supper to the King and Queen. Let's just say it's a crucial moment.

Kevin explains, "I knew it was an important scene – the whole story down below has built up to that moment, so I was nervous, I was glad when it was over and I had a big drink at the end of the day.

"I modeled on the Bug Knicks Theresa May, I saw him and I thought I would."

6) Speaking of politics …

"The Downton movie is such that everyone can be two hours ahead of Brexit!" Says Julian.

"We live in dark times, escape is very important," agrees Penelope Wilton, who plays Isobel Gray.

7) Lady Maggie Smith wields a Star Wars toy for kids

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Rob James-Collier, who plays butler Thomas Barrow, says, "You do not have to call her a lady, she tells us to just call her Maggie, she went through the rep system, so she did it the hard way. She's very approachable. She did a charity action for me called "Downton Wars – Episode 2: The Butler Strikes Back" filmed with my son's lightsaber on an iPhone! "

We will not reveal anything, but towards the end of the movie Michelle has a very moving scene with Dame Maggie, her grandma in the movie.

Michelle says, "Every scene with Maggie is a privilege and feels special, but this scene felt very special and emotional, I was deep in it and it's a pleasure to work with her, it was a moment in mine Career and in my life, I will never forget it. "

More importantly, "Maggie is very good at playing banana charts," says Sophie.

8) It's just fiction, people!

Elizabeth McGovern, who plays the Countess of Grantham, says, "There is no glorious past, this is entertainment, it is not documentation, I would never want to return there.

"Women have come this far, they came from a place where they were imprisoned compared to what we have today, she plays Cora – she has no right to her own destiny, I am always very happy, in the end return to the day again. " to my life now that we are now. There is no part of me that has a sentimental attachment to this era as a woman. "

But there are still some undesirable similarities between past and present.

Phyllis Logan, who appears as housekeeper Elsie Hughessays, "Then and now, women can still be exposed to unwanted attention, it's a power question and there's still a bit of it, but hopefully it will be less."

Elizabeth adds, "Women of my generation, we are amazed at the implementation of what was expected of us in the workplace."

Julian Fellowes says, "It was very male-dominated (in the 1920s), but there were just as many smart women and they had to find ambitious ways to get ahead." This creates tensions, Mary struggles to balance being part of her society and do what she likes, that tension would not exist today.

Jim adds, "We show the 1920s in a romantic light, but life would have been difficult for the servants, Lord Grantham was the most benign employer, there was no safety net."

9) Finally peace for the warring Crawley sisters

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Laura Carmichael, left, told the BBC she was "generally unkempt in real life". We do not believe a word of it.

Mary and Edith (Laura Carmichael) have been struggling for years, and one of their worst failures occurred in the sixth series, when Mary Edith's then-fiancée Bertie told in defiance of her sister Marigold's illegitimate daughter.

But they both tempered the movie.

Michelle explains: "Edith and Mary are now quite settled, Edith has moved on and they have evolved.

Laura adds: "Edith's status has changed between the end of the series and that of the film. (She is now the Marquess of Hexham.) She is superior to everyone.

"Edith and Mary felt good."

We do not like to admit it, but we can not help but feel a little disappointed.

10) Hugh Bonneville looks STUNNING in stockings

Michelle's favorite dress from the movie is a "Fortuny Blue Dress," while Laura's "was the day dress when the king and queen came for afternoon tea-red, silk-knit, very 1920s." Beautiful. "

But not so beautiful, it seems Hugh Bonneville is in stockings.

Allen is a big fan: "Hugh has the most amazing calves in his stockings, I do not know if he trains, but they are an unforgettable sight!"

Hugh is pleased with the compliment: "My calves will be a feature of fan memorabilia in the years to come."

11) It's just about the fans

Downton fans are extremely dedicated.

"They had a dressing day in Highclere, a woman was crying over me, she was so overwhelmed," says Lesley.

Jim's stage name echoes even in Britain's parks and sidewalks: "Several people named dogs after Carson, and there was even a baby!"

12) This OTHER drama with the royal family

Did the filmmakers get tips from Netflix for the Royal visit to The Crown for Downton?

Producer Gareth Neame jokes: "They took their lessons with us!"

But director Michael Engler says: "We love the crown, we've learned from it, the level of production, the detail – the level must be as high as it can be."

13) Thomas and Branson's fantasy adventure

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What would the stars want for their characters?

Laura says she "would like to see Edith write more and have a new career."

Michelle wants Mary to "continue to be happy, but I feel like she needs to get out a bit more or travel".

But Allen has something more exciting in mind, inspired by a traumatic experience that Thomas made in the movie as he spends an evening on the tiles.

"Thomas tells Branson about his ordeal, they realize there's a market there and they open the first Irish gay bar, Mary is the DJ."

We want a VIP pass.

14) Could there be a sequel to the movie?

Julian did not rule it out.

"I do not know if there will be more, if we were to do the characters at the age of 60, that would not be very credible, I would not push them for 20 years.

It depends on how people react to the film. "

He had his doubts about even making a movie version.

"I did not believe in the movie because there are many wonderful series that do not have a movie like Mad Men and The Good Wife, and I thought it was impossible to bring them all together."

But Gareth Neame points out: "The fans felt like we left the stage too soon after the sixth series and it felt like a contract with the fans [to do the film], "

Downton Abbey is in theaters in the UK on September 13th