Following the massive hype surrounding the new live-action Cinderella out in cinemas this spring, former Downton Abbey star, Dab Stevens has dropped a huge hint that he might be taking part in the follow up film, Beauty and the Best! Of course this news would be in keeping with Disney’s new regime of bring the popular cartoons to real life, with very English mains stars – The actress cast as Cinderella was Steven’s Downton Abbey on-screen cousin-in-law, Lily James!
It wasn’t that long ago that, posed with the possibility that Downton Abbey would end after the next series, the show’s producer Gareth Neame suggested that the creator, Julian Fellowes, hand over the reins to a new writer when he decided to head off to pastures new. For the last few series of the hit ITV period drama fans have been watching the clock, wondering just how many series’ we could squeeze out of the creative mind of Lord Fellowes, who is the sole writer of the show,
There has been a constant stream of rumours surrounding the future of Downton Abbey of late, with many of the concerned voices believing that this year’s sixth series would be the show’s last. Of course there has always been a shelf life for the globally acclaimed ITV period drama, but just lately it has seemed to be more of a writing issue than a timeline one with regards to when the show will conclude.
Ah, we love a bit of good news here at Unreality TV, and there is no news better than hearing that one of our TV sweethearts has got engaged… Which is precisely what Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery has done as she has become engaged to her boyfriend, John Dineen, and according to The Daily Mirror newspaper, she can’t help showing off her diamond ring to everyone!
The constant speculation over the future of Downton Abbey on everyone’s mind, show creator and sole writer Julian Fellowes must really be feeling the pressure. From the very first series of the hit ITV period drama the charm of watching stories from one man’s imagination has been in part what has captivated the entire planet.
Ever since Downton Abbey first hit our ITV screens back in 2010, it was clear to see that it was the start of something really very special. This entire nation fell in love with the quaint and deliciously British period drama, which tells the story of the aristocratic Grantham family and their loyal staff downstairs in the great Abbey in which they all resided back in 1912 originally and travelling forward as far as the roaring 1920’s.
Her character may have been accused of murder last year, but evil is still not a word you would associate with Downton Abbey actress, Joanne Froggatt but this is precisely the side of her acting skills she is hoping to pursue when the hit ITV period drama comes to an end.
Julie Walters has without question earned the title of ‘National treasure’ having starred in comedies, dramas and movies for decades… So it’s surely no surprise then to learn that ITV approached the lovely Julie to star in hit period drama, Downton Abbey, however, what is perhaps surprising is that she turned down the roles she was offered.
There’s shocking news for fans of ITV period drama Downton Abbey today as it’s been reported that the show will end after the new series, which airs in the autumn. According to the Daily Mirror, show insiders have stated that it’s “an open secret” that writer Julian Fellowes won’t be penning any further episodes, so if that’s true, we can expect that the 2015 Christmas special will be the last ever visit to the Abbey.
Downton Abbey is charming for so many reasons – it would be impossible to list them all here, but the one thing that sets it far above the rest is the fact that the entire thing has come from one man’s imagination. Julian Fellowes, and Julian Fellowes alone came up with the concept of a show about the typically British aristocratic Grantham family moving with modern times alongside their large body of servants and staff downstairs in the roaring 20’s.
It’s been reported today that Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt could be set to quit the ITV period drama in order to move to America and pursue a career in films. The news comes hot on the heels of her win at the Golden Globes earlier this week. Joanne won the gong for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of maid Anna Bates, who, in a previous series, was the victim of an horrific rape at the hands of valet, Mr Green.
Downton Abbey star, Joanne Froggatt, has experienced the “most shocking moment” of her life after bagging a Golden Globe! The actress, who plays rape victim Anna Bates in the hit ITV period drama, has picked up the prestigious award for Best Supporting Actress in a TV series, at the ceremony, which was held over the weekend.
Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville, has backed a campaign to help save one of the shows filming locations! The Old Grammar School at Bampton in Oxfordshire has been a constant source of filming for the hit ITV period drama since series two when it was used as the makeshift hospital set up by Lady Sybil to treat wounded soldiers during the First World War.
With Christmas finally celebrated at Downton Abbey this year, thoughts have instantly turned back to just how much longer the show has left to go, and now one of its main stars has addressed the subject. Over the years we have grown accustomed to a little misery from the Grantham family over the festive period, with not so much as a jingling bell in sight.
2014 has been a great year for British television, with some real surprises in every category – But as per usual it was the Great British Drama which has raised the bar for many years to come. We have had long-anticipated returns from some of our favourites, some continuations that didn’t disappoint, and a few surprise hits all contributing to making 2014 a year to remember.