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Downton Abbey Series 6 - Read Through, Michelle Dockery and Laura Carmichael
Downton Abbey Series 6 -Read Through, Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd February 2015, The Savoy Hotel. Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley) and Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith Crawley) ©2015 Carnival Film & Television, photo by Nick Briggs

The companies behind Downton Abbey (Carnival Films, ITV and PBS) announced yesterday that Downton Abbey Series 6 to be the end of the run for the show.

Downton Abbey Series 6 -Read Through, Susanne Simpson and Julian Fellowes
Downton Abbey Series 6 – Susanne Simpson (Masterpiece PBS) and Julian Fellowes (Executive Producer/Writer) ©2015 Carnival Film & Television, photo by Nick Briggs

Julian Fellowes, writer, creator and Executive Producer of Downton Abbey said, “The Downton journey has been amazing for everyone aboard. People ask if we knew what was going to happen when we started to make the first series and the answer is that, of course we had no idea.

He went on to say “I suspect the show will always be a principal marker in most of our careers as we set out from here, and if so, I consider that a blessing and a compliment.”

Executive Producer of Downton Abbey, Gareth Neame said, “We can promise a final season full of all the usual drama and intrigue, but with the added excitement of discovering how and where they all end up…”

Downton Abbey started in 2010 and has since become a global phenomenon. It has won The Golden Globe®, Emmy®, PGA, BAFTA, National Television Awards and Screen Actors Guild awards and is now in over 250 territories worldwide.

Downton Abbey Series 6 - Read Through, Joanne Froggatt, Jim Carter and Maggie Smith
Downton Abbey Series 6 – Read-Through, Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd February 2015, The Savoy Hotel. Joanne Froggatt (Anna), Jim Carter (Mr Carson) and Maggie Smith (Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham) ©2015 Carnival Film & Television, photo by Nick Briggs

Downton Abbey Series 6 – Cast Read-Through Gallery

In the pictures you will see creator and writer Julian Fellowes and stars Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Penelope Wilton, Jim Carter, Robert James-Collier, Jeremy Swift and many more of the cast. Click on an image for a larger view. Use arrow keys to scroll through the gallery.