Downton Abbey 2, Michelle Dockery: "Lady Mary is now the captain, but everyone should have a Lady Violet"

Video interview with Michelle Dockery and the cast of Downton Abbey: A New Era, second film inspired by the Julian Fellowes TV series.

Downton Abbey II – A New Era: A scene from the film

Three years after the first film inspired by the Downton Abbey series, Julian Fellowers, Oscar-winning screenwriter for Robert Altman’s Gosford Park, brings the Crawley family back to the cinema. In the dining room from April 28, Downton Abbey: A New Era is set in the late 1920s: a time of strong change.

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Downton Abbey II – A New Era: Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery in a scene from the film

We find the Crawleys in full turmoil: Tom Branson (Allen Leech) and Lucy Smith (Tuppence Middleton) get married, Lady Violet (Maggie Smith) inherits a villa in the south of France from an old flame of his youth and Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) is forced to rent the house castle to a film crew in order to replenish the empty coffers.

Alongside the historical interpreters, above all Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern, new faces also enter the scene: Hugh Dancy is the director Jack Barber, while Dominic West and Laura Haddock interpreted the stars of silent cinema Guy Dexter and Myrna Dalgleish. We met the huge cast of actors in London.

Downton Abbey 2: interview with the cast

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Downton Abbey 2: the handover between Lady Mary and Lady Violet

How does it feel to be the captain of Downton?

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Downton Abbey II: A New Era poster

Michelle Dockery: That’s great! I think she was always destined to be the captain of the ship, even if she didn’t want to. Especially in the beginning. It is beautiful and it suits her.

How important is it to have a sparring partner like Lady Grantham in life?

Penelope Wilton: It’s always good to play with whoever is better than you because it improves your game. Over the years we have had many scenes together: our relationship has changed, we have gotten closer, but we still disagree on a lot of things. Which causes a lot of friction, but also a lot of humor. Each makes her own mind. They reinforce each other. Neither wants to step back. Losing face with each other is difficult, but they come to understand each other. In the end they rely heavily on each other. It was a beautiful experience. But I want to say that I also have other interactions!

Michelle Dockery is Lady Mary again: “Downton Abbey has always been at the forefront”

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Downton Abbey II – A New Era: Penelope Wilton, Maggie Smith in a picture

Michelle Dockery: It’s an absolute privilege to work with her – it’s almost 12 years now! She is fantastic and is a great sparring partner in scenes. Maggie helps you improve: she with me she did. She is very good, a legend. I still pinch myself when I work with her. Julian created great dynamics between the characters: like between Maggie and the character of Isobel. O Edith and Mary: he writes these scenes very well. We love working and sparring together.

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Downton Abbey II – A New Era: A choral scene from the film

Allen Leech: It’s a good thing: you have to challenge yourself and also be ready to accept the challenge. It is also important to deal with those who know how to admit defeat. Maybe not with Lady Violet’s class.

Sophie McShera: Lady Violet and Isobel are great together. There are several such relationships in Downton. Like in the beginning Barrow and O’Brien. Julian writes these dynamics very well: I have one with Lesley Nicol.

Robert James-Collier: Going Back: Lady Edith and Strallan! “Did you do something funny to your hair?”: Best joke ever!

Michael C. Fox: In the first movie there are some great moments of Penelope: Maggie says something and walks away and Penelope practically growls! It wasn’t in the script: things like that come out because they’re fantastic.

Joanne Froggatt: We all need new sparring partners: be it family, friends, a partner, children. Lady Grantham is definitely one of the best: she has some incredible jokes.

Dominic West: Guy’s partner is also his butler. So maybe this is better than a sparring partner. Someone obedient and servile! Much better, right ?!

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