Downton Abbey film: Teaser poster gives fans a first look at two new characters

Katie Rosseinsky
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Downton Abbey movie trailer: The Crawleys prepare for a royal visit in first clip

A new poster for the Downton Abbey movie gives fans a first look at the film’s cast, with familiar faces returning and a handful of new characters.

Imelda Staunton - who is married to series star Jim Carter, aka Mr Carson - joins the line-up as Lady Bagshaw, while Tuppence Middleton is set to play Lucy.

The image places the Crawley family front and centre, with the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) flanked by her granddaughters Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) and Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery), who rests her hand on husband Henry Talbot (Matthew Goode)’s knee.

Behind them are Lord and Lady Grantham, played by Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern, dressed up in evening wear.

Line-up: The poster gives fans a first look at the cast (Universal Pictures)

The Abbey’s ‘downstairs’ staff also feature in the shot, with Mr Bates (Brendon Coyle) and wife Anna (Joanne Froggatt), Mrs Hughes (Phyllis Logan), footman Thomas (Rob James-Collier) and Carson all making an appearance.

The family’s golden retriever sits pride of place in front of the Dowager Countess.

The film is set to take place in 1927, one year after the show’s final episode and will focus on a royal visit from King George V and Queen Mary.

It features a script by Downton creator Julian Fellowes and is directed by Michael Engler.

The hit ITV series aired for six seasons from 2010 to 2015 and followed the fortunes of the aristocratic Crawley family and their domestic staff.

The show earned three Golden Globes, 15 Emmy Awards, a special BAFTA and 69 Emmy nominations, making it the most nominated non-US TV series in the history of the award ceremony.

A full trailer for the feature-length spin-off is expected to land earlier today.

The Downton Abbey movie is set to arrive in UK cinemas on September 13.