Downton Abbey cast back in Alnwick to film final-series scenes

Filming for Downton Abbey is taking place in Alnwick this week.
Filming for Downton Abbey is taking place in Alnwick this week.

The stars of Downton Abbey have been filming in Alnwick this week, to capture scenes for the final series of the blockbuster show.

Cast members, including Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern, have descended on the town for the six-day stint.

The cameras started rolling on Monday and will continue until Saturday morning. Filming has taken place in Alnwick Castle, as well as other areas around the town.

It comes a year after the cast shot in Alnwick, as part of the fifth season and the 2014 Christmas special.

In an exclusive interview with the Gazette, the show’s executive producer Liz Trubridge said: “Filming is going well and it has been lovely to come back to Alnwick. It feels like we have come home.

“Apart from the first day, the weather has been really kind to us.

“Some of the filming has taken place in the State Rooms at the castle, but we have also been round and about in different streets and lanes in Alnwick.

“We haven’t got the full cast here, but Hugh and Elizabeth are here. We have been filming for the sixth series.”

As part of the filming last summer, locations such as the castle, The Peth and Bailiffgate were used.

Liz said the cast and crew were only too happy to return to Alnwick to shoot scenes for series six – the ITV show’s final season, which is due to be aired in the autumn.

She said: “We had been filming at Highclere Castle, but we came to Alnwick last year because, as part of the story-line, we wanted to go to a grander scale and it doesn’t come much grander than Alnwick Castle.

“Alnwick itself is a beautiful town and is a gift for filming a period drama like Downton. The streets and the stone are wonderful and it works very nicely for us. It is a lovely place to film and the people are so friendly.”

The Gazette understands that local actors and actresses have been used as extras, as part of the filming.