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Trivia for Downton Abbey

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  • Tuppence Middleton (Lucy), Allen Leech (Tom Branson), and Matthew Goode (Henry Talbot) appeared in The Imitation Game (2014).
  • Imelda Staunton (Lady Bagshaw) is the real-life wife of Jim Carter (Mr. Carson).
  • The movie is shot in the widescreen 2.39:1 "scope" aspect ratio, unlike the television series, which was shot in 16:9.
  • Allen Leech and Max Brown appeared on The Tudors (2007).
  • The characters played by Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge) and Dame Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall) are at odds from the beginning, just as they are in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007). One of the things Umbridge likes to do is throw around the names of powerful people with whom she has connections, to get things done her way.
  • The royal visit of George V to Downton Abbey was based on his real-life visit to Wentworth Woodhouse, a mansion in Yorkshire which was used in this movie for the ballroom scenes at Harewood House.
  • Max Brown, who played one of the King's valets, played royalty. He played Robert Henstridge, a fictional English Prince who becomes King, on The Royals (2015).
  • The mansion that King George V and Queen Mary visit after Downton Abbey, where the ball is held at the end of this movie, is Harewood House. Although the name of the village is pronounced as it is spelled (Hare-wood), the House and the title Lord Harewood are perversely pronounced Harwood, as was correctly done throughout this movie. Harewood house was previously used to portray the estate of Pempberly in the film "Pride & Prejudice" starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle.
  • Mark Addy, who portrayed King Robert Baratheon on Game of Thrones (2011), played Mr. Bakewell in this movie. This makes him the eighth actor or actress to have appeared on Game of Thrones (2011) and Downton Abbey. The others are Rose Leslie, Iain Glen, James Faulkner, Richard E. Grant, Simon Lowe, Martin Walsh, and Ron Donachie.
  • When Major Chetwode (Stephen Campbell Moore) meets Tom Branson (Allen Leech) and Bertie Hexham (Harry Hadden-Paton) and asks Tom for a drink, Bertie asks Tom what it was about. Tom's line about a leopard changing some of its spots comes from something Bertie said about Lord Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) in the sixth season of the series.
  • The name of the green grocer is Mr. Bakewell. In season three of the television show, Ethel, the now cook (former housemaid at Downton who became pregnant) for Isabel, comes home upset that Mrs. Bakewell had refused to serve her due to her being a former prostitute, however, Mr. Bakewell did albeit reluctantly. Bakewell is also the name of a village in Derbyshire famous for its Monday market with all varieties of produce, meats, dry goods, et cetera. This is likely from where the name of the grocer came.
  • Three series regulars from the final TV season didn't make it into the film: Lady Rosamund Painswick, Miss Denker, and Spratt.
  • The visitors, King George V and Queen Mary (previously Princess Mary of Teck), were the grandparents of the current Elizabeth II.
  • When the Crawley women go to tea with Princess Mary, they are introduced by rank: the Marchioness of Hexham (Edith), the Countess of Grantham (Cora), and Lady Mary Talbot (Mary).
  • The Downton Abbey servants meet in the cellar, replete with iron bars. This room was never seen during the run of the TV series.
  • Stephen Campbell Moore, who plays Captain Chetwode in the movie, played King George and Queen Mary's son King Edward VIII in a TV movie (Wallis and Edward). He was also married to Claire Foy, who played their granddaughter Queen Elizabeth II on The Crown.
  • Maggie Smith and Imelda Staunton both appear in the Harry Potter franchise as professor Mcgonagall and professor Umbridge respectively.

Spoilers

  • Bertie, the Marquess of Hexham, is offered and turns down the position of assistant to the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) on his trip to Africa in 1928. In real life, the position was taken by Alan (Tommy) Lascelles, cousin of Princess Mary (the King's daughter) and Henry, Viscount Lascelles, whose relationship is explored in the movie.
  • The gay club scene involving Thomas Barrow (Robert James-Collier) was filmed in a warehouse beside Keighley railway station, in West Yorkshire.
  • When shooting the final scene between Lady Mary Talbot (Michelle Dockery) and Violet Crawley (Dame Maggie Smith), where the second informs the first that she's sick, Smith changed the original line ("I do not have long to live") to "I may not have long to live", implying she may not be ready to have her character die.
  • The gay club scene was filmed in a real warehouse, based on the historical fact that such clubs were illegal in 1920s England. These "pop-up" clubs could be found in all of England's major cities. The club Thomas goes to is called Turton's and is fictional.
  • Mrs. Bates confronts the thieving royal servant and says that it would be terrible if people thought that, because items went missing whenever she and the Queen visited, the Queen was a thief. This is a sly allusion to the fact that Queen Mary actually was, in effect, an antiques thief. People she visited knew to hide their best antiques because, if the item was small, she would slip it into her handbag, and if it was large she would praise it so highly that her host felt compelled to offer it to her.
  • In one of the minor subplots, Lord Hexham (Bertie) is scheduled to go on a tour with the Prince of Wales. During the after dinner party at Downton, when Bertie tries to get out of the tour by saying Edith is pregnant, the King is elated hoping that it will instill the value of family in the Prince. The Prince, Edward, had many romantic trysts with royally unsuitable women over the years. And would go on to become King Edward VIII, but abdicated not long after ascending the throne, so he could elope with his wife Wallis Simpson who was a divorced American and who many considered completely unacceptable to be Queen or sire the next Heir to the throne.
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