We know the grave is nowhere near cold yet, but talk of a Downton Abbey movie started way before the series came to an end.

Tom Cullen, who played Lady Mary's suitor Lord Gillingham on the show, says he thinks a big screen Downton is a big possiblity.

"If they really want to do that, they should definitely do that," Cullen told me at BaseCamp bar and restaurant in Austin, where he and Tatiana Maslany were promoting their new indie drama The Other Half at SXSW.

"I think people would be up for it, people would watch it," he said. "And I think it would be a very nice way to finish it off."

However, he believes the cast and crew "want a little time before they jump back in."

Tom Cullen, Downton Abbey


The finale originally aired in the U.K. on Christmas Day with U.S. audiences saying goodbye just last week.

Alan Leech, who played Tom Branson, predicted in 2014 that Downton would end after two more seasons.

"In my heart of hearts, I can't see it going more than two more," he told me at BAFTA Los Angeles' Jaguar Britannia Awards in October 2014. "I think the period of time we want to tell, we're coming to the end that us as actors we can keep playing these characters. "Maggie Smith turned to me on one of our last days of filming this season and said, 'I must be 196 years old by now. What's in the water here?' "I said, 'I don't know, Maggie,' and she goes, 'It's ridiculous. I should have been dead years ago.'"

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