Good news for Downton Abbey fans! A movie sequel is coming.

The first film based on the hit television series has been such a success that a second film has been green-lighted.

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Downton Abbey ran for six seasons from 2011 to 2016. The movie picks up one year after the TV show ended and sees the Crawley family preparing for a royal visit from Queen Mary and King George V.

The film, which was released in Ireland on September 13 and in the US on September 20, has grossed $149,247,590 worldwide.

Executives at Focus Features, the film’s distribution company, have already approached creator Julian Fellowes about writing a sequel, according to The Sun.

An inside source said: “Downton’s popularity as a film has been phenomenal.

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“It took £60million in America alone and has been a roaring success. Julian and the team are over the moon with how it played out. No one expected it would be this big.

“The commercial viability of a second film is now a dead cert, so Julian has been told to start putting pen to paper on the follow-up.”

The cast of Downton Abbey.Downton Abbey