Six seasons and a movie.
That's what Downton Abbey fans were treated to when the period drama debuted on Jan. 9, 2011 in the U.S. on PBS. Yes, it's really been over 11 years since we were first introduced to the Crawley family and their servants in their stunning home in the English countryside. Then again, who can forget when Theo James' character died while deflowering Michelle Dockery's Lady Mary during its freshman run?
Created by Julian Fellowes, the series would go on to become a pop culture phenomenon, turning Dockery, Dan Stevens and more of the cast into major stars and introducing one of TV's most beloved characters in Maggie Smith's Dowager Countess, AKA the woman born to become a meme, thanks to her quips and insults.
After ending its initial run in 2015, viewers made a return trip to Downton Abbey when the first film hit theaters in September 2019.
Now, the second movie, Downton Abbey: A New Era, is set to premiere in theaters and on Peacock on Friday, June 24. E! is also celebrating with a mini-marathon beginning the same day at 12 a.m. and airing until Saturday night, June 25.
In honor of the new film, we're spilling behind-the-scenes facts about the show, including the real reason behind the series' most shocking death and which star almost bailed on her audition.
We're not Laura Linney and this is 15 secrets about Downton Abbey being revealed...
(Originally published Jan. 9, 2021 at 3 a.m. PT)