We all love Dame Maggie Smith, but it has (arguably) been her role in Downton Abbey which has seen her become admired by pretty much the entire planet, so no wonder the Queen wants to honour her – again!
The Dame part of her name gives away the fact that this is not the first time Maggie has been given the royal nod from Her Majesty, and she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 1990 New Year Honours for services to the performing arts. Read more & comment »
Well this is certainly good news for fans of Downton Abbey – Bosses at the ITV show have declared that they will stop killing off major characters!
Of course in any TV series, especially dramas, you expect to witness a little heartache and loss, but what you don’t expect is two major characters being killed off in ridiculously similar circumstances within weeks of each other! Read more & comment »
But amid talk of a cast reshuffle, actress Lesley Nicol, who has played head cook Mrs Patmore in the award-winning ITV period drama since it first began back in 2010, has revealed that despite being aware that the show will have to come to an end one day, she has no intention of going anywhere until it does. Read more & comment »
This has literally got to be the best news we have heard this year so far – Dame Maggie Smith is not leaving Downton Abbey!
One of Downton’s finest features since it first launched on our ITV screens back in 2010 was the Dowager Countess, whose razor sharp wit and sarcastic undertones lifted the show unlike anything else. Read more & comment »
Following her on-screen husband’s death during last year’s Christmas Day special of Downton Abbey, Michelle Dockery has revealed that she is glad Lady Mary is now a widow as she gets to play her mean side again.
Fans of the award-winning ITV period drama will know how Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) was first introduced to us back in series one as a hard faced and sometimes callous vixen who enjoyed mocking her sisters and defying every rule set to her by her parents. Read more & comment »
With the fourth, much-anticipated series of Downton Abbey due to hit our screens later this year, ITV have released a teaser trailer promising a full promo for the show next week!
Well, whilst no official release date has been announced yet, ITV have seen fit to give us a little teaser trailer leading up to the official trailer due to be released on Saturday 31st August. Read more & comment »
The phenomenal ITV period drama, Downton Abbey, is going head to head with one of America’s most popular dramas, Homeland, in every category they are both nominated for in this year’s Emmy awards.
Included in the bucket load of nominations it is up for, Downton Abbey has been put forward for the coveted Best Drama prize at the ceremony due to take place this September. And it isn’t just the show getting recognition either! Read more & comment »
With all the recent chopping and changing of the Downton Abbey cast list, it has now been revealed that one face from last year who wasn’t expected to be returning, Shirley MacLaine, is set to reprise her role as Martha Levinson!
We reported last month how show bosses had expressed a desire for Hollywood actress MacLaine, who plays the modern-world embracing mother of Lady Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) to make a return in series 4 of the hit ITV period drama, but that her busy schedule probably meant that was unlikely. Read more & comment »
As filming for the fourth series of the hugely and globally popular ITV period drama, Downton Abbey, begins the Sun newspaper has printed pictures of the cast filming the funeral of Matthew Crawley.
Fans of the hit show will know how, during last year’s Christmas special, Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) was killed in a road accident moments after meeting his first born son and heir for the very first time. Read more & comment »
After a phenomenal reception from her series 3 debut, Hollywood legend, Shirley MacLaine may not be making a Downton Abbey return in series 4, as show bosses says that she is too busy!
Shirley burst on to our screens in series 3 as Martha Levinson, the head-strong American mother of Lady Cora (Elizabeth McGovern), and instantly struck a chord with viewers on both sides of the pond. Read more & comment »