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Downton Abbey stars flock to London’s Leicester Square for world movie premiere

Downton Abbey stars flock to London’s Leicester Square for world movie premiere

DOWNTON Abbey stars flocked to London‘s Leicester Square this evening for the world premiere of the highly-anticipated film.

Cast and fans were out in force on Monday night at the glamorous bash at the Cineworld Leicester Square ahead of the movie’s release to the general public on Friday.

Michelle Dockery poses for photographers upon arrival at the World premiere of Downton Abbey in central LondonCredit: AP:Associated Press

Michelle Dockery led the red-carpet glamour dressed in a dazzling, floor-length gown.

The 37-year-old actress, famed for her portrayal of Lady Mary Crawley on screen, looked every inch the star in a gold, one shoulder number teamed with hoops and wearing her raven hair in waves.

Her screen dad Hugh Bonneville, 54, revealed a new look and was barely recognisable as Downton patriarch Robert Crawley, sporting a beard.

Meanwhile his on-screen wife, US actress Elizabeth McGovern, stood out in fuchsia pink and rejoiced as she reunited with on-screen daughters Laura Carmichael and Dockery on the red carpet.

Dockery is a vision dressed in a glimmering, floor-length gownCredit: AP:Associated Press The actress opted for simple jewelleryCredit: Getty – Contributor US actor Elizabeth McGovern (L) and Dockery greet each other in London‘s Leicester SquareCredit: AFP or licensors American actress Elizabeth McGovern wears a floor-length fuschia gown featuring a sweetheart neckline and white clutchCredit: AP:Associated Press Downton star Laura Carmichael stuns in blackCredit: AP:Associated Press Elizabeth McGovern (L), with her on-screen daughters Michelle Dockery (C) and Laura CarmichaelCredit: AFP or licensors Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael and Allen Leech team up for photos on the carpetCredit: AP:Associated Press

Carmichael returns to the big screen as Edith Pelham, Marchioness of Hexham.

Lady Edith had a bumpy road to her happy ending in the historical drama series, but goes on to marry Herbert Pelham to become the Marchioness of Hexham.

Elsewhere Jim Carter, who plays Downton butler Mr Carson, arrived in London‘s Leicester Square with wife Imelda Staunton.

Award-winning Staunton, 63, nabbed a role alongside her husband in the movie as Lady Bagshaw and d the red carpet with fellow Downton newcomer and Peaky Blinders star Kate Phillips.

Actor Allen Leech plays Tom Branson in the historical dramaCredit: AP:Associated Press Allen with his pregnant wife Jessica Blair Herman, who he married earlier this yearCredit: Reuters Jim Carter and wife Imelda Staunton arrive at the world premiere of Downton Abbey, held at the Cineworld Leicester Square, LondonCredit: PA Kate Phillips has joined the feature film as Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of HarewoodCredit: PA

The early arrivals beamed as they posed for photo’s in front of the world’s press, just days before Downton Abbey will hit UK cinemas on September 13 before coming out in the US a week later.

Fans waited for years for the movie to be confirmed and it was finally given the go-ahead in 2017.

And they’ll not be disappointed by the cast, as old favourites have reunited for the film version of the hit historical drama.

Actress Raquel Cassidy returns to her role as Phyllis Baxter after joining Downton Abbey in the last three seasons of the television seriesCredit: PA Sophie McShera, 34, plays Daisy Mason in Downton AbbeyCredit: PA Douglas Reith attending the world premiere of Downton AbbeyCredit: AFP or licensors Dame Maggie Smith was one of the last big stars to arrive on the red carpetCredit: Rex Features

The Downton Abbey movie is set in 1927 and focuses on a visit by King George V and Queen Mary.

Staunton’s Lady Bagshaw is one of Queen Mary’s ladies in waiting.

She and her maid, Lucy Smith (Tuppence Middleton), accompany the king and queen when they visit the stately home.

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