We learned last month that the Downton Abbey movie will feature some very special guests.
A brand new trailer revealed that the film’s plot will see the Crawley family and their staff “thrown into disarray by the impending arrival of King George V and Queen Mary.”
A number of new cast members for the movie were announced last year, including Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter) and Tuppence Middleton (The Imitation Game).
We now know which of those actors will be playing the visiting Royals!
King George V will be played by English comedy actor Simon Jones.
Best known as Arthur Dent in the BBC’s 1980s adaptation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Jones has also been in Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, Blackadder II and Miracle on 34th Street.
George was the grandson of Queen Victoria and was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, from 1910 until he died in 1936.
George’s wife, Queen Mary, will be played by Geraldine James.
The 68-year-old English actress will be familiar to fans of Anne with an E, Netflix’s Anne of Green Gables adaptation, for her role as Marilla Cuthbert.
James has also appeared in Gandhi, Sherlock Holmes, Alice in Wonderland.
Mary was originally set to marry her second cousin, Prince Albert Victor, when she was 24, but he suddenly died during an influenza pandemic just six weeks after their engagement.
She then became engaged the following the year to Albert Victor’s next surviving brother, George, who went on to became king.
It was recently revealed that The Tudors star Max Brown has a secret role in the film too.
The Downton Abbey movie will be released in cinemas around the world this autumn.
Downton Abbey: The Complete Collection DVD box set is available on Amazon.