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The stars arrive for the Downton Abbey: A New Era premiere in New York

The premiere of Downton Abbey: A New Era was quite the star-studded event at Leicester Square’s Cineworld last month. 

And the eagerly-awaited sequel to the 2019 film made its debut across the pond in New York on Sunday evening, with Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt and Laura Carmichael stealing the show at Metropolitan Opera House.

40-year-old Michelle – who takes on the role of Lady Mary Crawley in the period drama – shimmered in a figure-hugging dress, which featured long sleeves and sparkly detailing in abundance. 

The star, whose role as Mary has seen her previously nominated for a Golden Globe Award and three consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress, kept her striking bob poker straight and sported an immaculate face of makeup. 

Meanwhile, Anna Bates actress Joanne, 41, looked dazzling in a black, sequin bandeau and coordinating skirt, with the ensemble flashing a peek of her toned tummy. 

Her blonde locks, coiffed in beach waves, sat at her shoulders and she could not keep the smile off her face as she posed on the patterned red and white carpet. 

Laura Carmichael, aka Lady Edith Crawley, slipped her figure into a strapless black dress, which boasted a bandeau top half and a ruffled skirt, the length of which allowed a glimpse of her dainty shoes.

The film and TV starlet, 35, added a subtle pop of colour with scarlet lipstick. 

Beauty: 40-year-old Michelle – who takes on the role of Lady Mary Crawley in the period drama – shimmered in a figure-hugging dress

Success: The star's role as Mary has seen her previously nominated for a Golden Globe Award and three consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress

Simply stunning: Michelle kept her striking bob poker straight and sported an immaculate face of makeup

Success: The star’s role as Mary has seen her previously nominated for a Golden Globe Award and three consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress

Say cheese: Meanwhile, Anna Bates actress Joanne, 41, looked dazzling in a black sequin bandeau and coordinating skirt, with the ensemble flashing a peek of her toned tummy

Say cheese: Meanwhile, Anna Bates actress Joanne, 41, looked dazzling in a black sequin bandeau and coordinating skirt, with the ensemble flashing a peek of her toned tummy

Glowing: Her blonde locks, coiffed in beach waves, sat at her shoulders and she lapped up the photo opportunities on the patterned red and white carpet

Glowing: Her blonde locks, coiffed in beach waves, sat at her shoulders and she lapped up the photo opportunities on the patterned red and white carpet 

Downton: Joanne stars as housemaid Anna Bates in the popular ITV period drama a

Downton: Joanne stars as housemaid Anna Bates in the popular ITV period drama and is returning to the role for the 2022 movie

Fashion forward: Laura Carmichael, aka Lady Edith Crawley, slipped her figure into a strapless black dress, which boasted a bandeau top half and a ruffled skirt

Character: Laura is pictured in character as Lady Edith Crawley in Downton Abbey

Fashion forward: Laura Carmichael, aka Lady Edith Crawley, slipped her figure into a strapless black dress, which boasted a bandeau top half and a ruffled skirt

Round two: The premiere of Downton Abbey : A New Era was quite the star-studded event at Leicester Square's Cineworld last month

Round two: The premiere of Downton Abbey : A New Era was quite the star-studded event at Leicester Square’s Cineworld last month

Downton Abbey: A New Era, will see the Crawley family head to the South of France to uncover a mystery at a villa bestowed to Dowager Countess of Grantham, Violet Crawley, while an ambitious director plans to make a film at Downton.   

Michelle spoke about returning to the character of Lady Mary after the historical drama series came to an end in December 2015 and the Downton Abbey film came out in 2019.

She told Radio Times: ‘It’s really rare that you get back into the shoes of a character that you’ve played for so many years. It’s been three years since the last [Downton Abbey] film and we’ve all been doing work in between. 

‘It’s great to come back to something that is so familiar, and it saves a lot of time in the beginning because there’s not as much preparation.’

Quite the change: Michelle spoke about returning to the character of Lady Mary after the historical drama series came to an end in December 2015 and the Downton Abbey film came out in 2019

Role: Michelle plays Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey (she is pictured with Hugh Bonneville, who plays Robert Grantham)

Quite the change: Michelle spoke about returning to the character of Lady Mary after the historical drama series came to an end in December 2015 and the Downton Abbey film came out in 2019

Here they are: Claire Danes, every inch the beauty in blue, was there to support husband Hugh Dancy, who plays Jack Barber in the film - but not the series

Here they are: Claire Danes, every inch the beauty in blue, was there to support husband Hugh Dancy, who plays Jack Barber in the film – but not the series

Role: Hugh was one of the newcomers to join the cast of the film, playing Jack Barber

Character: Hugh plays film director Jack Barber

Role: Hugh was one of the newcomers to join the cast of the film, playing Jack Barber 

Classy: The actress' off-the-shoulder dress featured baby blue satin detailing with a navy skirt, which she paired with classic, open-toe sandals

Classy: The actress’ off-the-shoulder dress featured baby blue satin detailing with a navy skirt, which she paired with classic, open-toe sandals

In sync: Meanwhile, Hugh looked dapper on the big night and complemented his wife's colour scheme with a blue shirt of his own

In sync: Meanwhile, Hugh looked dapper on the big night and complemented his wife’s colour scheme with a blue shirt of his own

Claire Danes, every inch the beauty in blue, was there to support husband Hugh Dancy, who plays Jack Barber in the film – but not the series.

The actress’ off-the-shoulder dress featured baby blue satin detailing with a navy skirt, which she paired with classic, open-toe sandals.

Meanwhile, Hugh looked dapper on the big night and complemented his wife’s colour scheme with a blue shirt of his own.   

Dapper: Hugh Bonneville  showed off his suave sense of style in a black suit , while he framed his face with a pair of chunky glasses and completed with a maroon tie

Dapper: Hugh Bonneville  showed off his suave sense of style in a black suit , while he framed his face with a pair of chunky glasses and completed with a maroon tie

He's back: He is returning to screens as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, in the latest Downton Abbey movie, after playing the character in the historical drama series

Drama: Hugh played Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, in the historical drama series and 2019 movie (he is pictured with Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley on the 2019 film poster)

He’s back: He is returning to screens as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, in the latest Downton Abbey movie, after playing the character in the historical drama series

Wowing in white: Elizabeth McGovern put on an elegant display in a white ensemble and suede heels adorned with silver detailing

Wowing in white: Elizabeth McGovern put on an elegant display in a white ensemble and suede heels adorned with silver detailing 

Classy: Elizabeth pulled her locks into a bun and toted a clutch

On screen: Elizabeth, 60,  plays Cora Crawley, countess of Grantham, in Downton Abbey

Classy: Elizabeth pulled her locks into a bun and toted a clutch 

Vibrant: Phyllis Logan pulled out all of the fashion stops as she donned a patterned jumpsuit featuring hues of black, white and orange

Vibrant: Phyllis Logan pulled out all of the fashion stops as she donned a patterned jumpsuit featuring hues of black, white and orange 

Radiant: Phyllis, 66, beamed wide for the cameras ahead of the screening in NYC

Character: Phyllis plays Mrs Hughes in Downton (pictured with Jim Carter as Mr. Carson)

Radiant: Phyllis, 66, beamed wide for the cameras ahead of the screening in NYC

What a cast! Michelle posed with Phyllis and Raquel Cassidy, who plays Phyllis Baxter in the series and movies

What a cast! Michelle posed with Phyllis and Raquel Cassidy, who plays Phyllis Baxter in the series and movies 

Hugh Bonneville showed off his suave sense of style in a black suit , while he framed his face with a pair of chunky glasses and completed with a maroon tie. 

The actor, 58, wore a Ukrainian flag pin on his lapel as he showed his support for the war-torn country following Russia’s invasion.

He is returning to screens as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, in the latest Downton Abbey movie, after playing the character in the historical drama series.

Eye-catching: Raquel Cassidy donned a thigh-grazing slit dress, which was bound to not go amiss with its floral print

Actress: Racquel plays Phyllis Baxter

Eye-catching: Raquel Cassidy donned a thigh-grazing slit dress, which was bound to not go amiss with its floral print

Talent: Hugh Dancy, Laura Carmichael, John Lunn (Composer) and Elizabeth McGovern

Talent: Hugh Dancy, Laura Carmichael, John Lunn (Composer) and Elizabeth McGovern

Debonair: Kevin Doyle - Joseph Molesley - got decked out in a navy suit

Debonair: Kevin Doyle – Joseph Molesley – got decked out in a navy suit 

Happy: Allen Leech and his expectant wife - who announced their pregnancy at the UK premiere - were in attendance

Best known role: Allen plays Tom Branson in the historical drama

Happy: Allen Leech and his expectant wife – who announced their pregnancy at the UK premiere – were in attendance 

The trailer shows the Crawley family heading to the South of France to uncover a mystery at a villa bestowed to Dowager Countess of Grantham, Violet Crawley, while an ambitious director plans to make a film at Downton.  

It looks like there could be trouble in paradise for Lady Mary (Michelle) as she talks about the struggles of marriage in the trailer.

Lady Mary is seen talking to Hugh’s character, saying: ‘You don’t need me to tell you that marriage is a novel full of plot twists along the way.’   

Strike a pose: Donna Murphy (l) and Cynthia Nixon (r) placed their hands on their hips for a picture perfect opportunity

Event: Cynthia's gown was perfectly teamed with red shoes

Strike a pose: Donna Murphy (l) and Cynthia Nixon (r) placed their hands on their hips for a picture perfect opportunity 

Sophisticated: Christine Baranski threw on a round pair of leopard-print framed sunglasses

Sophisticated: Christine Baranski threw on a round pair of leopard-print framed sunglasses 

Glam: Both Josephine Skriver (l) and Jasmine Tookes' (r) ensembles featured a slit

Elegant: Jasmine boasts over 5millions followers on Instagram

Glam: Both Josephine Skriver (l) and Jasmine Tookes’ (r) ensembles featured a slit 

Handsome: Emily In Paris' Lucien Laviscount cut his typical suave figure

Handsome: Emily In Paris’ Lucien Laviscount cut his typical suave figure 

Side profile: Sonja Morgan (l) and Sara Sampaio (r) did not shy away from parading their get-up in all its glory

Beautiful: Sara completed her look with impressive heels

Side profile: Sonja Morgan (l) and Sara Sampaio (r) did not shy away from parading their get-up in all its glory

Talented: John Lunn - an Emmy Award winning Scottish composer, known for the music of the series Downton Abbey - did not miss out on the event

Talented: John Lunn – an Emmy Award winning Scottish composer, known for the music of the series Downton Abbey – did not miss out on the event 

On stage: The all-star cast took to the stage to present the movie to the VIP audience in NYC

On stage: The all-star cast took to the stage to present the movie to the VIP audience in NYC 

Downton creator Julian Fellowes previously teased some details about the movie, which is based on the acclaimed TV series.

Speaking about the project, Julian shared: ‘It’s really a new era. The further the ’20s went along, the more the world was changing in so many ways. Everything from entertainment to transport was really different by the end of the ’20s. That’s what we’re referring to in that.’

Julian sees the Downton films as an extension of the hit TV series, which ran for six seasons between 2010 and 2015, and he explained that the new movie will pick up from where the 2019 film ended.

He said: ‘As we know from the last film, Mary may not be the titular head of the household, but she is effectively running the show. We take that further.

‘We’re trying to mark the change – the fact that Crawleys of Downton are nearly in the 1930s, which is merely the beginning of the modern world.’

Cast: The upcoming sequel will see the return of the much-loved cast including Hugh, Michelle and Penelope Wilton (L-R) Samantha Bond, Douglas Reith, Harry Hadden-Paton, Laura Carmichael, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Penelope Wilton, Robert James Collier and Michael Fox

Cast: The upcoming sequel will see the return of the much-loved cast including Hugh, Michelle and Penelope Wilton (L-R) Samantha Bond, Douglas Reith, Harry Hadden-Paton, Laura Carmichael, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Penelope Wilton, Robert James Collier and Michael Fox

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