Downton Abbey star Ed Speleers won't be returning for the film

Details of the upcoming Downton Abbey movie are slowly but surely coming together – mainly as the TV show’s stars confirm that they’re not actually going to be involved.

The latest former Downton star to confirm that they won’t be making an appearance in the show’s big screen venture is Jimmy Kent actor Ed Speleers, who appeared in the show for three seasons and left after the fifth season’s Christmas special in 2014.

After first dropping the news on a This Morning appearance back in August, Ed confirmed once again today that he still hasn’t had the call for the gig.

“I didn’t get the call, unfortunately,” Ed confirmed on today’s (November 11) Sunday Brunch. “To be fair, I’m doing Rain Man so I wasn’t able to do it. I don’t think it would be right for my character to come back anyway.”

Footman Jimmy left Downton Abbey after Lord Grantham caught him in bed with Lady Anstruther, with Lord Grantham telling Carson to dismiss Jimmy and Jimmy leaving the next day after an emotional goodbye with Thomas.

Still, there’s no hard feelings as Ed added that Downton was an “amazing gig” for him “on both a personal and a professional level”.

“I never went to drama school,” he added. “I felt that that job was in many respects my drama school.”

Luckily, Speleers has plenty keep him busy instead, including performing in the current UK tour of Rain Man as well as landing a role in the new season of Outlander, playing Stephen Bonnet – “a pirate, smuggling lunatic,” in Ed’s own words.

“It’s a little bit removed from what I’ve done before,” he added. “It’s been a great role, a great show and part.”

Downton Abbey will be released on September 13, 2019 in the UK, with a US release a week later on September 20, 2019. Sunday Brunch airs on Channel 4.

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