Special BAFTA Awarded for Downton Abbey Success
BAFTA have rewarded the cast and crew Downton Abbey with a special award by BAFTA to honour the success of the series in the UK and worldwide.
Downton Abbey receives BAFTA from Julie Walters CBE
There was a ceremony held in London which the team behind the drama attended to collect the award. Downton Abbey has won many accolades including 12 Emmy Awards and 3 Golden Globes.
Julie Walters CBE presented the cast with the award on stage. Although the cast collected the award, one of the show’s stars did a special mention for the crew successful films, video and TV is team game afterall!
Fans of the drama will have to say good-bye the much-loved characters later this year, when the series starts in autumn and the last episode being aired on Christmas Day. Some of the cast who attended the ceremony included Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter and Penelope Wilton.
Julien Fellowes spoke to ITV News about the Special Award
The BAFTA for Best Drama Series has never been won by Downton Abbey. Julien Fellowes, writer & creator of the series described the tribute as a ‘huge compliment’ when he spoke to ITV News before the event.
Gareth Neame, executive producer of the drama and Managing Director of Carnival Films, said of the BAFTA honour: “As Downton Abbey moves towards its conclusion with the final season this autumn, I speak for the entire cast & crew when I say how honoured we are that the Academy will recognise the show with the special award. Not only is Downton a much-loved show in Britain, it has had huge success in both the US and right around the world, waving the flag for Britain and our creative content and that’s why the BAFTA recognition means so much to us all.” Julien Fellowes is already talking about what a movie would entail: “I detail it would be a prequel. I mean, if the movie happens it would be a continuous one with the same people,” he says before the BAFTA ceremony. He also stated: “I’d like the idea of a film because with a film budget you could do things you can’t do on television. You could open the whole thing up in a way that rather appeals to me. But we’ll have to see.”
The event hosted by Jonathan Ross and filmed for a special tribute programme, ‘BAFTA celebrates Downton Abbey’ will be broadcasted later this year by ITV.