The much loved period drama ‘Downton Abbey’ will be delighting fans on the big screen for the first time, which included opening scenes filmed at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. The worldwide hit TV series aired on ITV from 2010 to 2015, following the fortunes of the aristocratic Crawley family and their downstairs servants, set at a Yorkshire country estate. The feature film was shot at Pickering Station and along the heritage line last November, over a period of 7 days.

Laura Strangeway, Head of Marketing said "It was great to have the Downton Abbey team back at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, filming the opening scenes of the feature film. Pickering Station was transformed in to Kings Cross Station as a very important invitation heads to the Crawley household".

"As part of the filming the railway worked with the Downton Abbey Location Manager, Mark Ellis, to facilitate carriage hire and helicopter filming and we are very proud to have the heritage line featured on the silver screen".

"It was an absolute privilege to come back to film in Yorkshire and it looks remarkable on the big screen; from the stunning North Yorkshire Moors Railway in the opening scenes, to the lavish Ballroom sequence, which we filmed at Wentworth Woodhouse". Mark Ellis, Supervising Location Manager on ‘Downton Abbey’. 

"The variety of locations that Yorkshire has to offer is second to none; the industrial streets of Little Germany in Bradford are a real contrast to the opulence of stately homes like Harewood House. One of the ‘Downton Abbey’ locations that stands out is Pickering Railway Station which doubles for London’s Kings Cross. To have such a well-preserved period location of that scale is truly unique". Mark Ellis, Supervising Location Manager on ‘Downton Abbey’. 

The Downton Abbey movie will be released in UK cinemas on 13th September 2019. 

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