Highclere Castle
Highclere Castle, the main set location of the British television series 'Downton Abbey' | Isabel Infantes / AFP via Getty Images

Downton Abbey is a British drama TV series that aired on PBS from 2010 to 2015. The period show, inspired by the 1970s BBC series Upstairs, Downstairs, has received 69 Emmy nominations and 15 Emmy awards.

The show, set in 1912 in season 1 and later jumps to 1924 in season 5, follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family that lives in Downton Abbey and the serving staff that serves them.

While Downton Abbey is fictitious, it was filmed on a real estate: the Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England. The cast of the series includes Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Robert James-Collier, and Phyllis Logan.

In 2019, the story continued in the form of a film set in 1927. The synopsis of the movie: “The beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives. A royal visit from the king and queen of England soon unleashes scandal, romance and intrigue — leaving the future of Downton hanging in the balance.”

A sequel to the film, Downton Abbey: A New Era, is slated for a March 2022 release.


  • TV Genres: Drama, period
  • Network: PBS
  • Where to Watch: U.S. viewers can watch Downton Abbey on Prime Video.
  • Cast: Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Robert James-Collier, and Phyllis Logan
  • Seasons: 6
  • First Episode: Sept. 26, 2010
  • Final Episode: Dec. 25, 2015
  • Spinoffs: The Gilded Age

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