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Downton Abbey Spoilers: George Clooney gets a snog & Kim Kardashian to join cast?

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Following the news earlier this week that Hollywood A-lister, George Clooney, had filmed an episode of Downton Abbey, news has emerged about which actress he got to kiss in the process.

As we have previously reported, Clooney will be joining the elite cast of Downton for their festive Text Santa special later this year.
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Downton Abbey Spoilers – Guess who dies this series & Dame Maggie Smith tells Emma Watson to “get a grip”

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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!
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Downton Abbey: Lesley Nicol discusses the show’s future & what do the cast get up to on set?

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As we have previously reported the future of Downton Abbey is still looking bright with no end to the hit period drama in sight, and there’s even talk of a possible movie spin-off…

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.
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Downton Abbey Series 5 Spoilers: Michelle Dockery insists she’s going nowhere, but who may be killed off?

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With excitement growing for the new series of Downton Abbey – which is due to hit our screens this autumn – rumours about departures and returns among the show’s cast members have been rife…

But one person who is definitely not going anywhere is Michelle Dockery, despite rumours to the contrary that have surfaced in the media of late.
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Downton Abbey: Dame Maggie Smith is NOT leaving show!

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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.
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Downton Abbey Series 4: Michelle Dockery is glad Matthew died, as now Lady Mary gets to be nasty again!

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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.
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Downton Abbey Series 4: Full Trailer released – Watch it here! (VIDEO)

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Following last week’s teaser trailer for the much-anticipated fourth series of Downton Abbey revealing that the full promo would follow, Saturday night saw exactly that in all its glory.

The trailer, which is only one minute in length, had just about everything you would expect from a  series of the hugely popular and award-winning ITV period drama.
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Dowton Abbey Series 4 Spoilers: New trailer to hit our screens next week (VIDEO)!

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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.
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Downton Abbey goes head to head with Homeland for nominations for this year’s Emmy’s!

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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!
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Downton Abbey Series 4: Shirley MacLaine IS returning as Martha Levinson, and opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is making a cameo too!

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.
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Downton Abbey Series 4: Cast pictured looking forlorn filming Matthew Crawley’s (Dan Stevens) funeral

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.
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Downton Abbey Series 4: No return for Shirley MacLaine’s character, Martha Levinson? But Dame Maggie Smith says she wont retire!

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.
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Downton Abbey star Dame Maggie Smith confesses that she’s never watched the show!

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Downton Abbey favourite Dame Maggie Smith has made the rather surprising confession that she’s never watched the show.

Speaking to US TV show 60 Minutes, Maggie – who’s formerly starred in TV drama The Pride of Miss Jean Brodie and innumerable films – said that she would probably only watch it if she wasn’t in it!

But it seems her reason for not watching it is because she dislikes seeing herself on-screen.

She said, “I will look at it when it’s all over, maybe, because it’s frustrating…

“I always see things that I would like to do differently, and think ‘why in the name of God did I do that?’” Read more & comment »

Downton Abbey: Spooky secret room found in Downton Abbey Manor House where Dowager Countess lives!

A secret room has been discovered in Byfleet Manor, one of the buildings used to film the epic ITV period drama, Downton Abbey.

According to getsurrey.com, the owners of the estate, which features as the home of Violet Crawley Dowager Countess of Grantham, played by Dame Maggie Smith, had no idea that the room, which was discovered between floors when a new telephone line was being installed, was there, or what it had been previously used for.
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Downton Abbey: Julian Fellowes finally confirms series 4 return for Dame Maggie Smith after Golden Globe win! *SPOILERS*

Fans of Downton Abbey can all breathe a sigh of relief; Dame Maggie Smith is NOT leaving Downton Abbey!

Speaking at this year’s Golden Globes where British legend, Dame Maggie Smith picked up an award for best supporting actress as her role of the Downton Abbey feisty matriarch, the Dowager Countess, show creator Julian Fellowes confirmed that the iconic actress would indeed be returning to the show, not just for the fourth series, but for this year’s Christmas Special too!

Fans of the award-winning period drama were left wondering the fate of the Dowager Countess after the last series when it was revealed that health concerns may have meant Dame Maggie had to retire from acting.
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