Lily James “definitely” going to star in Downton Abbey series six

Lady Rose might have moved to America, but we haven't seen the last of Downton Abbey's brightest and most cheerful resident yet...

Lily James may have donned crystal slippers and transformed herself into the most iconic fairytale princess, but the 25-year-old hasn’t forgotten the show that catapulted her into the limelight. 


James, who is touring the globe promoting Disney’s latest live-action adventure Cinderella, is still keen to return to Downton Abbey’s hallowed halls in the upcoming sixth season. In fact, she feels like it’s “definitely” on the cards. 

“I’m really hoping to come back. I feel like it’s definitely going to happen,” James told zap2it, adding that her return does “depend on what [creator Julian Fellowes] writes and all sorts of things.” 

We’ve know there’s a chance we won’t see James and her character Lady Rose in Downton season six since last year, when it was revealed that filming would clash with Cinderella’s press tour.

Since then we’ve seen Rose fall in love, walk down the aisle and start a new life. Executive producer Gareth Neame recently confirmed that series six will see the sweet and cheerful aristocrat living in America, though he did add that it wasn’t goodbye forever – “a visit home may well happen at some time” – so fingers crossed she’ll make an appearance before too long.

James previously told that she was keen to take part if she could, saying: “I’m obsessed with Downton and I love playing Lady Rose so if there’s another series next year I hope to be in it.”

Downton Abbey returns to ITV later this year 


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