‘Downton Abbey’ star Lily James says she’s ‘sad not to be in the film’

Lily James has spoken about how she feels not being in the upcoming Downton Abbey movie.

Based on ITV’s hit period drama series, the long-awaited film finally arrives in cinemas in the UK this Friday and in the US on Friday 20th September.

Nearly the entire Downton Abbey cast will be reunited in the movie, but one star who won’t be returning is Lily James, who played Lady Rose MacClare.

On the positive side, this means that she gets to enjoy watching the movie for the first time as a fan!

The 30-year-old English actress told Vogue: “I’m counting the days until it comes out! During filming, I was constantly texting Michelle [Dockery] and Laura [Carmichael] asking ‘What’s going on with the script? Who’s there right now? What’s happening on set?'”

She added: “I think they had the best time getting back together, and it was pretty much like no time has passed. I’m sad obviously not to be in the film, but it really didn’t make sense for my character.”

The War & Peace star also revealed which Downton characters are her favourites: “I can’t wait to see everyone on screen again though – especially Molesley, who’s my favourite character. I’m obsessed with Kevin [Doyle].

“And Carson! Watching him in the trailer, I was like “The hero of Downton Abbey returns.”

Lily James can next be seen playing Mrs. de Winter in the upcoming movie adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca.

Downton Abbey: The Complete Collection DVD box set is available on Amazon.