It’s the moment all Downton Abbey fans have been waiting for since the end of the third series of the hugely popular ITV1 period drama ended earlier this year – the 2012 Christmas Special, and if you simply can’t wait the 18 days left to watch it, we have a sneaky peak at what is in store for you here!
Fans of the hit drama will know how at the end of the last series the Grantham family were, surprisingly, all happy after a heart breaking and highly emotional series which saw Bates (Brendan Coyle) released from prison and Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown-Findlay) dying in childbirth.
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As fans of Downton Abbey star Jim Carter – who plays stuffy butler Carson – may know, he’s married to actress Imelda Staunton, who it seems was unimpressed when Jim flirted on the set of Downton with legendary US actress, Shirley MacLaine.
In an interview with the Daily Mirror about the forthcoming new series of Downton, which of course debuts this Sunday on ITV, Jim revealed that he’s had a lifelong crush on Shirley, who plays the role of feisty American Martha Levinson.
He said, “I had a big crush on Shirley. What a babe! She was a cracking dame.
“And yeah, we flirted, I loved her. She would sit around and natter – she had no status or anything like that, she was completely open.
“Who else can tell stories about Michael Jackson and Frank Sinatra? My wife was as jealous as old boots.” Read more & comment »