Downton Abbey star Elizabeth McGovern says the series will END next year adding, “I would hate for it to outstay its welcome”

by Lynn Connolly

There’s Christ On A Bike news for fans of Downton Abbey today as Elizabeth McGovern, who plays Lady Cora, has told the Daily Mirror that she thinks the series will end next year!

Tonight is of course the finale of series three, although there is to be a festive special which will air on Christmas Day.

However, of the show ending next year, Elizabeth said, “We still have the Christmas special to come and then I think we definitely have one more series in us.

“Nothing has officially been said, but I think we are going to go for one next year.

“I would hate for it to outstay its welcome.”

And of how she’ll feel if that turns out to be the case, Elizabeth said, “Who knows if I will cry?.. I’ll try to be brave.”

Well missus, I will blub, like a girl! Will you?

However, we can perhaps take some solace from the fact that the show’s creator Julian Fellowes recently said that after next year’s fourth outing for the show, “There will probably be a fifth.”


But of what Elizabeth plans to do post-Downton, it seems she won’t be short of things to keep her busy.

She explained that she wants to be a rock singer, and is already in a band called Sadie & The Hotheads. And it seems that she isn’t the only musically inclined star of Downton…

The paper adds, “Elizabeth has roped in on-screen daughter Michelle Dockery [who stars as Lady Mary] as a guest backing vocalist on their new album.”

Of Michelle, Elizabeth said, “Michelle’s so lovely and talented. I would often hear her singing to herself so I lured her into my trailer.”

She added, “Alan Leech, who plays Tom Branson, also has a very nice voice.

“I think we need to do Downton Abbey The Album.”

And after the enormous success of the series in the States, where it won seven Emmy Awards, some of the younger cast members have seen offers flooding in from across the pond.

Jessica Brown Findlay is now headed for Hollywood after her character Lady Sybil dramatically died from eclampsia.

Of the cast branching out, Elizabeth said, “Downton really has a special cast and I think it’s fabulous to now see them taking over the world.”

As mentioned, tonight is the series three finale, and here’s the episode’s promo…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.