Beamish wins cameo role in Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey filming at Beamish
Downton Abbey filming at Beamish
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A North East museum will feature in the last ever episode of Downton Abbey.

Fans of the period drama will have to bid farewell to the show when its final episode is aired on Christmas Day - and Beamish has a cameo role.

On set at Beamish

On set at Beamish

Viewers will be glued to their televisions to see the final instalment of the of the award-winning ITV drama, which is screened in over 250 territories worldwide.

Beamish’s Town street was covered in “snow” in July, when filming took place with Lady Mary Crawley (played by Michelle Dockery), Tom Branson (Allen Leech) and Henry Talbot (Matthew Goode).

The museum was delighted to welcome over 100 cast, crew and supporting artists.

Excited visitors looked on during the filming in Beamish’s 1900s Town.

Jacki Winstanley, Beamish’s Marketing Officer, said: “It was fantastic to have a scene from the very last episode of Downton Abbey filmed at Beamish.

“In the middle of July they transformed our Town street into a snowy winter scene. Our staff and visitors were fascinated by the preparations and actual filming on the day.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing the Christmas Day episode – you can be certain we’ll all be ‘Beamish spotting’!”

Beamish also recently welcomed Downton Abbey actress Joanne Froggatt, who plays maid Anna Bates, for the filming of a new ITV drama, Dark Angel, about the North East 1800s serial killer Mary Ann Cotton.

Downton Abbey is the highest rating UK drama of the past decade, with an average of nearly 11 million viewers over the course of all six series, including Christmas specials.

The show, which was first screened in 2010, has become a global phenomenon, winning Golden Globe, Emmy, BAFTA, National Television and Screen Actors Guild

awards.

The final episode of Downton Abbey will be aired on ITV at 8.45pm on Christmas Day.