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Laura, 35, who plays Lady Edith Crawley, turned heads in a pink one-shoulder dress with a bow and is training in London’s Leicester Square. Michelle, 40, who plays Lady Mary, wowed in a silver dress and cape while her on-screen mother Elizabeth, 60, shone in a black and silver dress.

They were joined on the red carpet for Downton Abbey: A New Era by fellow stars Hugh Bonneville, 58, Joanne Froggatt, 41, Jim Carter, 73, and his wife and co-star Imelda Staunton, 66 .

Downton creator Julian Fellowes said: “We’re trying to mark the change – the fact that the Crawleys of Downton are almost in the 1930s, which is just the beginning of the modern world.”

The film is in theaters from Friday.

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Review by Andy Lea

There’s intrigue, romance, humor and heartbreak in the long-awaited second film based on the much-loved ITV series.

While the first film found farce during a royal visit, the inevitable sequel follows the British TV spin-off’s well-trodden path – heading to foreign shores.

Here, the well-to-do family and their loyal lackeys stay at a French villa, bequeathed to Dame’s Dowager Countess Maggie Smith by a mysterious old lover.

“The British are coming,” says Butler Carson (Jim Carter) as he accompanies Lord and Lady Grantham (Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern) to the south of France for a sweet fish-out-of-water comedy.

Meanwhile, Hollywood arrives at Downton as Michelle Dockery’s Lady Mary Talbot agrees to let a studio use the campaign as a filming location to raise funds.

There’s drama downstairs when diva Myrna Dalgleish (Laura Haddock) and dashing star Guy Dexter (Dominic West, wearing a Clark Gable stain) show up at the doors.

There are lavish costumes on display in the film, as the silent film era and the new world of international travel give production designers new seams.

But in addition to the floppy hats and designer sunglasses, there’s also plenty of old-fashioned glitz at the wedding of Lord Grantham’s widowed son-in-law, Tom (Allen Leech) and maid Lucy (Tuppence Middleton). .

The pair struck up a romance in the first film just before Tom made the chance discovery that Lucy was Baroness Bagshaw’s secret illegitimate daughter.

Cleverly, writer Julian Fellowes doesn’t stray too far from his winning formula. There are soapy subplots, touching reveals and sharp lines for Smith’s matriarch – as well as her downstairs counterpart, Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol).

It may be a new era for the characters, but this nice slice of big-screen nostalgia will have fans hooked right from the start of John Lunn’s theme song.

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