Downton Abbey bites the dust this year

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If you happen to be an avid fan of hit ITV historical drama series Downton Abbey you just might be somewhat disappointed with the latest bit of news about the show, as the word is Downton Abbey is to end this year.

Apparently Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellows is leaving after the sixth series to pursue a new project about 19th century New York, and last week agents were looking for work for some of Downton Abbey’s main stars when they were at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, reports the Mirror.

Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary in the series has previously talked about working in the US, and has said, “It feels as though there are more opportunities for us over there. I love spending time there.”

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An unnamed source has said… “It’s an open secret that Downton is ending this year. Some of the actors are keen to let it be known they will be available for work after the summer. Some are interested in the US, where Downton is as popular as it is in the UK.”

The source went on to add… “Joanne Froggatt, Edith Carmichael and Allen Leech were in Los Angeles for the awards last week and there were several meetings about both TV and film roles.”

The sixth series of Downton Abbey will be the final series, and kicks off shooting this spring, and is scheduled to finish in the summer so it can be broadcast from September.

Are you disappointed that Downton Abbey will bite the dust this year?