''My character Rose moved off to New York, so it would be farfetched to bring her back. I would have loved to have come back for a scene, but for a movie, it can't be like a Christmas special and it needs to be a focused storyline. There was simply no space for Rose," James told People magazine.
The 29-year-old actor, who was part of the series from 2010 until 2015 , said she had ''months'' to get her head around the fact she would not be joining her castmates and is ''so excited'' to see her friends Laura Carmichael and Michelle Dockery reprise their roles.
''I spoke to Laura not long ago and was texting Michelle about Love Island and it's going to be really exciting. And the whole gang is coming back.''
"Downton Abbey" movie will be a Carnival Films production, with Focus Features and Universal Pictures International distributing.
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