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Actress Phyllis Logan reveals HUGE secrets about the new Downton Abbey film

Downton Abbey film release date announced

The hugely-anticipated Downton Abbey movie is currently being filmed, and actress Phyllis Logan has revealed all the insider secrets from the set.

Downton Abbey fans were left in mourning when the final episode of the long-running series was screened on Christmas Day in 2015. But thankfully there is a much-longed for feature film being shot as we speak, and actress Phyllis Logan, who is better known as Mrs Hughes, has revealed what we can expect from the next instalment of the Downton story.

The 62-year-old star appeared on ITV lunchtime show Loose Women today to talk about reprising her role as the loveable Mrs Hughes, who by the sixth and final series of the drama has married butler Charles Carson, in a wedding ceremony that delighted fans.

Phyllis Logan filming on the Downton Abbey TV series

Phyllis Logan filming on the Downton Abbey TV series in 2014

Speaking of what it was like getting the former cast back together, Phyllis revealed: "It hadn't been too long - we try to have a Downton Abbey reunion. But to be back on the set, to be up there at the castle, it was just amazing."

But don't expect the film to pick up where the last series ended. Avid Downton Abbey fans will know that some of the series jumped a few years from where one finished and the next started, and the same can be said for the film...

"We've gone on a couple of years, but that's all, not any more," revealed the actress.

While there are plenty of the familiar faces coming back for the film, Phyllis confirmed that there won't be any surprise returns.

Matthew Crawley

Matthew Crawley is unlikely to be in the Downton Abbey film!

When asked by Loose Women panellist Jane Moore whether fan favourite Matthew Crawley would be coming back from the dead, the actress joked: "Yes, he comes back as the ghost of Christmas past... no. Sadly he's still dead!"

With Downton Abbey fans waiting with baited breath to see what new drama the film will bring, it looks like we could have a bit of a wait on our hands with the new release not hitting cinemas until September next year. Phyllis also confirmed that while she had finished filming her scenes, there were still a few more days before the whole film wrapped.

Main pic: PA; Downton filming pic: Joan Wakeham/REX/Shutterstock; Matthew grave: Joan Wakeham/REX/Shutterstock