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Ladies who launch… Downton Abbey stars’ big night uptown

Golden girl:

DOWNTON ABBEY’s ladies became uptown girls last night as they hit the red carpet at the world premiere of the highly anticipated film.

Michelle Dockery, who is reprising her role as Lady Mary Crawley in the film adaptation, dazzled in a glittering floor-length gold gown.

The actress, 37, watched old episodes of the ITV hit drama to get back into character.

Cooking good: Sophie McShera

Uptown: Star Allen Leech and wife Jessica

Maid up: Actress Raquel Cassidy PICTURE: PA

‘Part of me was like, “How does she speak again? I can’t remember!” But once in costume it came to me like that,’ she added.

‘Watching those re-runs was great. We [the cast] all look so different. Me and the girls are so little, but the whole thing is really nostalgic. Reminiscing about the show, it was wonderful.’

Regal: Kate Phillips plays Princess Mary

Hughes that?: Phyllis Logan

Newbie: Tuppence Middleton

She was joined in Leicester Square, London, by co-star Laura Carmichael, (Lady Edith) who wore an elegant high-necked dress. Elizabeth McGovern (the Countess) provided a splash of colour in a pink gown.

Thigh say: ‘Lady’ Laura Carmichael

The countess: Elizabeth McGovern

Take a bow-tie: Julian Fellowes

Also there were cast regulars Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, show creator Julian Fellowes and newcomers Tuppence Middleton, Geraldine James and Imelda Staunton.

You rang, m’lady: Imelda Staunton and butler Jim Carter

Arriving Earl-y: Hugh Bonneville with his wife Lulu Williams

The movie centres on a visit by King George V and Queen Mary to the Crawleys’ stately home and will be in cinemas from Friday.