Claire Danes was sure to catch the eye as she slipped into a bold red gown at the Downton Abbey: A New Era premiere at Cineworld Leicester Square on Monday night.

The actress, 43, wowed in a floor-length laser-cut scarlet number which was embellished with flowers as she posed alongside husband Hugh Dancy at the event. 

The semi-sheer dress perfectly hugged Claire’s figure, with the Homeland star drawing emphasis to her narrow waist with a black belt detail. 

Lady in red: Claire Danes was sure to catch the eye as she slipped into a bold red gown at the Downton Abbey: A New Era premiere at Cineworld Leicester Square on Monday night

Claire, who jazzed up her look with glittering diamond earrings, wore her cropped blonde locks in soft waves, while highlighting her features with a dewy make-up palette.

Meanwhile Downton Abbey newcomer Hugh, 46, who plays Jack Barber in the film, looked dapper in a navy suit teamed with a midnight blue shirt and tie.

The couple, who married in 2009 and share two children, looked happier than ever as they cosied up on the star-studded red carpet.  

Stealing the show: The actress, 43, wowed in a floor-length laser-cut scarlet number which was embellished with flowers as she posed alongside husband Hugh Dancy at the event

Stealing the show: The actress, 43, wowed in a floor-length laser-cut scarlet number which was embellished with flowers as she posed alongside husband Hugh Dancy at the event

Fans have been eagerly awaiting Downton Abbey: A New Era, the sequel to the 2019 film which will see the Crawley family head to the South of France to uncover a mystery at a villa bestowed to Dowager Countess of Grantham, Violet Crawley, while an ambitious director plans to make a film at Downton.

The trailer shows the Crawley family heading to the South of France to uncover a mystery at a villa bestowed to Dowager Countess of Grantham, Violet Crawley, while an ambitious director plans to make a film at Downton. 

It opens as fan favourite Violet [Dame Maggie], says: ‘I’ve come into the possession of villa in the South of France.

Ravishing: Claire looked simply radiant as she graced the film's red carpet

Ravishing: Claire looked simply radiant as she graced the film’s red carpet

Stunning: The semi-sheer dress perfectly hugged Claire's figure, with the Homeland star drawing emphasis to her narrow waist with a black belt detail

Showstopping: The actress was all smiles as she wowed in her bold red number

Stunning: The semi-sheer dress perfectly hugged Claire’s figure, with the Homeland star drawing emphasis to her narrow waist with a black belt detail

Lovely: Claire, who jazzed up her look with glittering diamond earrings, wore her cropped blonde locks in soft waves, while highlighting her features with a dewy make-up palette

Lovely: Claire, who jazzed up her look with glittering diamond earrings, wore her cropped blonde locks in soft waves, while highlighting her features with a dewy make-up palette

She continues: ‘Years ago, before you were born. I met a man.’ It then transpires Dowager Grantham and her lover ‘spent a few days together and he gave her a house’.

The upcoming sequel will see the return of the much-loved cast including Hugh, Michelle and Penelope Wilton.

And it looks like there could be trouble in paradise for Lady Mary (Michelle) as she talks about the struggles of marriage in the trailer.

Lady Mary is seen talking to Hugh’s character, saying: ‘You don’t need me to tell you that marriage is a novel full of plot twists along the way.’

The trailer also shows estate becoming the setting for a film and a slim mustached Dominic, who plays an 1920s Hollywood actor, becomes quite the heartthrob among the staff.

A vision: The Romeo + Juliet star was sure to turn heads in her stylish outfit

A vision: The Romeo + Juliet star was sure to turn heads in her stylish outfit

Looking good: Meanwhile Downton Abbey newcomer Hugh, 46, who plays Jack Barber in the film, looked dapper in a navy suit teamed with a midnight blue shirt and tie

Looking good: Meanwhile Downton Abbey newcomer Hugh, 46, who plays Jack Barber in the film, looked dapper in a navy suit teamed with a midnight blue shirt and tie

Role: Hugh was one of the newcomers to join the cast of the film, playing Jack Barber

Character: Hugh plays film director Jack Barber

Role: Hugh was one of the newcomers to join the cast of the film, playing Jack Barber 

One of the cooks says: ‘There is something about him, he’s like a wild animal ready to spring’

Mister Barber, a producer and director, begins to shoot the film- but Earl of Grantham, Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville) isn’t impressed by the fanfare.

‘I think its a horrible idea. Actresses plastered in make-up and actors just plastered,’ he says as the scene shifts to the Hollywood cast interrupting the day-to-day life in Downton.

The trailer also hints that fans will finally get to see widower Tom Branson find love again with maid Lucy Smith, as the pair tie the knot in romantic scenes.

Downton creator Julian Fellowes previously teased some details about the movie, which is based on the acclaimed TV series.

Grand arrival! Part of the film sees the Crawley family travel to Violet's villa in the South of France

Grand arrival! Part of the film sees the Crawley family travel to Violet’s villa in the South of France

Speaking about the project, Julian shared: ‘It’s really a new era. The further the ’20s went along, the more the world was changing in so many ways. Everything from entertainment to transport was really different by the end of the ’20s. That’s what we’re referring to in that.’

Julian sees the Downton films as an extension of the hit TV series, which ran for six seasons between 2010 and 2015, and he explained that the new movie will pick up from where the 2019 film ended.

He said: ‘As we know from the last film, Mary may not be the titular head of the household, but she is effectively running the show. We take that further.

‘We’re trying to mark the change – the fact that Crawleys of Downton are nearly in the 1930s, which is merely the beginning of the modern world.’

Cast: (L-R) Samantha Bond, Douglas Reith, Harry Hadden-Paton, Laura Carmichael, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Penelope Wilton, Robert James Collier and Michael Fox

Cast: (L-R) Samantha Bond, Douglas Reith, Harry Hadden-Paton, Laura Carmichael, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Penelope Wilton, Robert James Collier and Michael Fox



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Originally posted 2022-04-25 19:27:51.