Downton Abbey series 6: see the cast at a read through for the final season

Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Maggie Smith and creator Julian Fellowes can be seen at a read through for Downton Abbey's sixth season, as it is confirmed the series will be the last

Work continues for the cast of Downton Abbey, even as it is confirmed that series six of their beloved period drama will be the last. 


Fans around the world might be donning their mourning dress, after ITV announced that we’ll be bidding farewell to the Crawleys during this year’s Christmas special, but Maggie Smith. Michelle Dockery and co are busy making the final season. 

These new images, taken sensitively in black and white to reflect our sombre moods, show the cast at the read through for series six last month, laughing and joking around.

Presumably because Julian Fellowes was yet to break the bad news to them…