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Downton Abbey Creator Julian Fellowes Reveals The Teenage Experience That Led Him To Create The Beloved TV Series Years Later


Any experience in the world can inspire a creator like Julian Fellowes to start a legacy like Downton Abbey. With the world of upcoming movies seeing A New Era currently in UK cinemas, and on the way to domestic theaters in late May, a lot of reflection on the past has been mixed in with looking towards the future. With Fellowes not being immune to that strategy, he recently revealed the teenage experience that led him to eventually start the beloved TV series that kicked things off.

During his fireside chat with Downton star Hugh Bonneville, Julian Fellowes recounted a vacation he’d gone on as a teenager, which would set the scene. Through the interview released by Focus Features, Fellowes credited the following experience as the thematic foundation for the Downton estate: 

I remember one time when I was about 18 or 19, something like that, I was staying in a rather grand house in Cheshire. There was a lunch party, and you know all that dining room humming. I went past this staircase, and I heard this row coming from the kitchen. There was all these people talking in the dining room, then all these people talking downstairs in the kitchen. And I had this flash of the fact that there were two lives going on in this house, and two groups of participants, and all of their experiences were different, and I was fascinated by that.



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