Is Downton Abbey based on a true story?

CREATED by Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey is a British historical drama.

Downton Abbey first premiered on TV in September 2010, with a film hitting screens in 2019.


Downton Abbey is a historical period pieceCredit: Focus Features

Is Downton Abbey based on a true story?

Downton Abbey is a period piece that follows the luxurious lives of the Crawley family, fictional aristocrats set in 20th century England.

While not entirely based on any particular true story, Downton Abbey is meant to be as historically accurate as possible.

The castle in which the Crawley family lives in the show is an estate in the United Kingdom known as Highclere Castle.

The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon live in Highclere – believed to have remained in the family for over 300 years.

Lady Grantham, a character in the series, is based on the real life Lady Almina – the Earl of Carnarvon’s great-grandmother.

She is credited with helping transform Highclere into a more modern living space.

Another real castle featured on the show is Inveraray Castle, home to the Duke and Duchess of Argyll and is located in the rolling hills of Scotland.

Is there a Downton Abbey movie?

In September 2019, a feature film based on the television series premiered.

Also created by Julian Fellowes, the movie Downtown Abbey continued the storyline of the TV show with many original actors reprising their roles.

The film’s sequel, Downton Abbey: A New Era, saw a UK release in April 2022 and will be released in the US in May.

A second Downton Abbey film premieres in 2022


A second Downton Abbey film premieres in 2022Credit: Focus Features

How to watch Downton Abbey?

Downton Abbey is available to stream on multiple platforms. All six seasons of the show are on both Peacock and Amazon Prime.

The show is currently available on Netflix but will leave the streaming giant on May 31, 2022.

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