Harewood House gets starring role in Downton film after being rejected for

But in a remarkably well-timed twist of fate, one contender, Harewood House, is to find its on-screen fortunes revived at the perfect moment, as the blockbuster film of the same name brings the story of its little-known royal resident to the world. The rest, ordinarily, would be history. A decade ago, the makers of Downton Abbey chose one stately home to film what would become one of Britain’s most popular period dramas, turning down its rivals along the way. Harewood House is to “star as itself” in the new Downton Abbey film, weaving together royal historic fact with movie fiction. Its former chatelaine Princess Mary, the daughter of George V and Queen Mary, will appear as a character, just…

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