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'Downton Abbey' Star Jim Carter Confirms Second Movie Is Happening And Is Set To Film Next Year

'Downton Abbey' Star Jim Carter Confirms Second Movie Is Happening And Is Set To Film Next Year

He dropped the bombshell news while chatting on 'This Morning' today.

Lucy Devine

Lucy Devine

Downton Abbey fans - big news. Jim Carter (who plays Mr Carson) revealed there will be a second movie - and he's even seen a script already!

Appearing on This Morning earlier, Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield asked Jim whether there were any plans for a reunion - and the actor certainly delivered when he revealed the best news ever.

Explaining the plan is to start filming next year (as long as the pandemic allows), Jim said: "Holly, if you promise not to tell anyone, I'll let you know that we've seen a script.

"The script for a second film is there. We've seen it... it's very funny. It's got all the same characters in, all the regular characters.

"I think the will is that - COVID-willing - we will film it next year. I don't know if I can trust Phillip to keep this secret. But Holly I know I can trust you."

Phil was particularly concerned about Maggie Smith's character, Violet (

Phil and Holly were blown away by the admission, with Phil desperately trying to find out more details - but sadly, Jim's phone connection appeared to drop, just 30 seconds before the end of the show.

Phil was particularly interested in what a new film would mean for Dame Maggie Smith's character, Violet Crawley, who was unwell at the end of the first movie.

"Hold on a second. He said everyone is back in the film... but she was terminally ill. So, obviously, she's still hanging on. Let's hope so. Oh, it's a biggie. There's so many questions," he said, after Jim had cut off.

A sequel to the movie is set to start filming next year (

Following the huge success of the first film, producers made it clear they were hoping for a sequel to the first movie at the end of last year.

And in April, producer Gareth Neame said the team were "committed to making a sequel". Speaking to ET, he said: "We are totally committed to making a sequel if we can bring all the elements back.

"During the course of this year, we will have a script and we will try to assemble all the actors again, you know, as soon as we can."

This could be the news to save 2020...

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Topics: TV News, Downton Abbey