Downton Abbey’s Hugh reveals Alnwick was highlight of year

Hugh Bonneville, centre, with the Downton Abbey cast at Alnwick Castle.
Hugh Bonneville, centre, with the Downton Abbey cast at Alnwick Castle.

Hugh Bonneville, star of Downton Abbey, has revealed that filming in Alnwick for the show’s Christmas episode was the ‘highlight of the year’.

Bonneville, who plays Downton’s key character Lord Grantham, has described Alnwick Castle, the centre of the filming in August, as ‘huge’.

He also said that the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland are big fans of the series.

Bonneville, 51, who was seen enjoying the sights of The Alnwick Garden during his visit, told Press Association: “Highclere [Castle, where Downton is usually shot] is stunning to film in but, frankly, Alnwick Castle is huge. That was the highlight of the year.”.

“Harry Potter filmed exteriors there, but I believe it’s the first time cameras have been allowed inside. The Duke and Duchess of Northumberland are huge fans, which is why they let us in.”

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It has also been revealed that Downton Abbey could be heading to the big screen with a movie adaptation of the hit period drama.

The ITV show has taken the US by storm and writer Julian Fellowes recently landed Hollywood star George Clooney as a guest in the charity special of Downton for Text Santa.

Now Raquel Cassidy, who plays housemaid Phyllis Baxter, has claimed there are discussions about making a Hollywood film version of the show.

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