Hugh Bonneville drops hint about 'poor' Edith's Downton ending

Fans were in complete despair at Downton Abbey's finale on Sunday – not just because the BAFTA award-winning show had finished after six series, but because Lady Edith did not get the happy ending she wanted.

When quizzed about his fellow character's storyline, Hugh Bonneville dropped a hint, saying: "Let's not forget that her nickname is 'poor Edith'... but we'll just have to wait and see!"

The 52-year-old actor, who plays Lord Grantham, was making an appearance on This Morning when he spoke about the popular period drama.


"Let's not forget that her nickname is 'poor Edith'," said Hugh Bonneville

Hugh assured fans that Sunday's finale was by no means the end and that the upcoming Christmas special is a "continuation of the story".

As for whether a Downton movie was on the cards, Hugh added: "I'm yet to see a script! I think at the moment, if I'm really honest, everyone just wants a bit of a breather, particularly [screenwriter] Julian Fellowes.

"But we've all enjoyed it so much and I can imagine circumstances in which it would happen, but I don't quite know when that would be."

In last week's finale unlucky-in-love Edith, played by Laura Carmichael, is once again jilted when her suitor Bertie Pelham finds out she has an illegitimate child, Marigold, and promptly leaves her without a marriage proposal.

"My main intention was to be able to get Elizabeth McGovern who was sitting opposite me," joked Hugh of the gory dinner party scene

Another highlight of the past series was Lord Grantham's gory "burst ulcer" scene, in which he sprays blood all over the dinner table and his fellow guests.

Hugh said: "I heard people saying 'it's so obvious he's going to have a heart attack' so to throw a curveball, which I thought was great, Julian Fellowes said 'no, he will erupt in blood over the dinner table like, sort of, our version of Game of Thrones!'

"We rehearsed it very meticulously, had doctor's advice on the colour of the blood and what would happen but my main intention was to be able to get Elizabeth McGovern who was sitting opposite me. I thought, you know, 'six years I've had to sit opposite you!' and I managed to splatter her, so job done!"