Dominic West cast in Downton Abbey Christmas sequel – the show that shot Lily James to fame

DOMINIC West will appear in the Downton Abbey sequel – the show that originally shot Lily James to fame.

The 51-year-old actor is set to join the Crawley family this Christmas for the highly-anticipated second instalment.

The screen version of the TV series, with originals such as Michelle Dockery, Dame Maggie Smith and Jim Carter is expected to hit the cinemas in December.

Dominic will be joined by other new cast members including Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock and Nathalie Baye.

However, Lily who shot to fame in the ITV period drama will not be reprising her role as Lady Rose MacClare.

In October 2020, rumours were sparked that the actress was dating 50-year-old married Dominic West, after the pair were spotted kissing in Rome.

On October 12, 2020, pictures emerged of the two looking very cosy in Rome.

The pair were spotted as they spent two nights in a suite at the top of swanky Hotel De La Ville in Rome.

On October 13, 2020, Dominic West and his wife Catherine Fitzgerald issued a joint statement saying that their marriage "was strong".

Downton creator Julian Fellowes will once again write the film’s screenplay, with Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning Gareth Neame and Emmy Award-winning Liz Trubridge back to produce.

The initial film followed a Royal Visit to the Crawley family and Downton staff from the King and Queen of England and ended with a ball fitting for the Royal Family.  

Gareth Neame, the film’s producer and executive chairman of Carnival Films said: “After a very challenging year with so many of us separated from family and friends, it is a huge comfort to think that better times are ahead and that next Christmas we will be re-united with the much beloved characters of Downton Abbey.”  

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