Downton Abbey to end after six series

The next season of ITV's period drama "Downton Abbey" will be its last, its makers have announced.

Downton Abbey to end after six series

London: The next season of ITV's period drama "Downton Abbey" will be its last, its makers have announced.

Producers at Carnival Films announced there will be no seventh season for writer-creator Julian Fellowes' international hit, which features Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern and Michelle Dockery, reported BBC online.

"Inevitably there comes a time when all shows should end and Downton is no exception," said the programme's executive producer Gareth Neame.

Created by Fellowes, the show follows an aristocratic family's fortunes from 1912 to the mid-1920s.

Hugh Bonneville and McGovern have played the Earl and Countess of Grantham since the show began in 2010.

The drama has won a string of awards since its inception, including two Baftas, three Golden Globes and 11 Primetime Emmys.

Filming for the sixth and final series has begun in Wiltshire, England.

This year's Christmas episode is expected to be the show's finale.

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