Starring: Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Brendan Coyle, Elizabeth McGovern
Production company: ITV Studios, Carnival Films, Masterpiece, NBC Universal, WGBH Boston
Kent Locations: Kent & East Sussex Railway
Downton Abbey is an ITV period drama charting the lives of the Crawley family and their servants in early 20th Century Britain.
Created by Julian Fellowes (Vanity Fair, ITV’s Titanic), the series stars a host of acting talent including Maggie Smith (Room with a View, Gosford Park), Hugh Bonneville(Tomorrow Never Dies, Notting Hill), Michelle Dockery (Anna Karenina, Hanna), Brendan Coyle (The Raven, The Jacket), and Elizabeth McGovern (Once Upon a Time In America, The Handmaid’s Tale).
The opening shot of Downton Abbey series one, episode one is a steam train going through the countryside and was filmed at Kent & East Sussex Railway.
Kent & East Sussex Railway is a ten and a half mile rural light railway from Tenterden to East Sussex. Kent & East Sussex Railway has previously featured in film and TV productions including Richard E. Grant on Ealing Comedies (2016), Mapp and Lucia (2014) and Last Passenger (2013).
Series 1 of Downton Abbey was shown from September 2010 and is now available to buy on DVD.
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