In my review of the last episode of Downton Abbey series four I commented how I felt Julian Fellowes was holding back the conclusion of a number of his storylines. Indeed, the ambiguous nature off Bates’ story and the references to Cora’s family led me to believe that ITV had more invested in tonight’s episode than they did the series itself. To an extent I was right as tonight’s special featured an all-star cast and many definitive conclusions to stories. In addition it set up two major stories for the fifth series which I’m sure will excite long-time fans of the show. At the same time I can’t help but think that tonight’s special could have been much more than what it was and I have to say I was a little disappointed when it finished.
Pictures have emerged from this year’s Downton Abbey Christmas Day Special – and guess what, it’s not set at Christmas again!
For the first two series of the award-winning ITV period drama, we were treated on December 25th to a glimpse of a Crawley Christmas, with their huge trees decorated from top to toe and dinners and parties being prepared left right and centre – AND WE LOVED IT! Read more & comment »
Gary Carr, the first black actor to be cast in hit ITV period drama Downton Abbey, has revealed to his fans on social networking site Twitter his excitement as he begins filming for series four.
Carr was announced as being cast as jazz singer Jack Ross earlier this year, despite P Diddy claiming he was already the first black actor in the show causing a Ping-Pong of Twitter banter between the two, and has just begun filming his first scenes. This week he gushed to fans, exclaiming how “amazing” the experience was.
With the entire world still getting over the deaths of Lady Sybil and Matthew Crawley and the announcement that ladies maid O’Brien would be leaving the great house for pastures new, Brendan Coyle has declared that series four of Downton Abbey will be the best yet!
Last year saw the departure of the two beloved characters as the cast’s original 3 series contracts came to an end, with many an open door proving too tempting for some of the them who had revelled in the world-wide acclaim the show’s success had granted them. Read more & comment »
Once Upon A Time star, Josh Dallas, has admitted that he is a huge fan of Downton Abbey, and has even invented a part he could play on the show.
According to the star, who is due to return to UK screens tomorrow for a new series of Once Upon A Time, he thinks he could star in an American version of the hit ITV period drama, or failing that he could join the UK cast as an American nephew of Shirley MacLaine. 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 »
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 »
Oscar winning actress, Shirley MacLaine has revealed that she believes the estate where Downton Abbey is filmed, Highclere Castle, is haunted!
Shirley, who made her Downton debut last series playing the modernised mother of Lady Cora (Elizabeth McGovern), Martha Levinson, believes that the spirits behind the hauntings come from a curse placed on the castle by Egyptian pharaoh King Tutankhamun. Read more & comment »
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 »
While the entire nation waits on the edge of their seats for the start of the new series of Downton Abbey, it would seem that the iconic ITV period drama has a new fan, Hollywood actress, Shirley MacLaine.
MacLaine, who has starred alongside some of the biggest names in the industry, is set to appear on our screens when the new series starts next month as Martha Levinson, the American mother of Lady Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham. Read more & comment »
Whoop with joy Downton Abbey fans for ITV have released two brand new pictures from the new series, and in addition, Rob James Collier – who plays footman Thomas – has revealed that when Shirley MacLaine turned up for her first day on set, she took him completely by surprise by being overjoyed to meet him.
But first, of the pictures, regrettably there are – as mentioned – only two, one of which is above and the second is after the jump.
Over now to what Rob – who formerly played the role of Liam Connor in Corrie – had to say of meeting Ms MacLaine, who will play Martha Levinson… Read more & comment »
Downton Abbey newbie Shirley MacLaine is of course a staunch believer in reincarnation, and as such, she recently claimed that in a previous life, she and her Downton co-star Dame Maggie Smith – who plays the Dowager Duchess – had been lovers!
Shirley of course plays the role of Lady Cora’s mother, Martha Levinson, in the show’s third series, and as Martha and the Dowager Duchess clash on-screen within moments of meeting, Shirley and Maggie spent a good deal of time together filming.
TV Biz reports that Shirley — who recently claimed she was a lover of Roman emperor Charlemagne — said of Maggie, “We were lovers in another life. We met 40 years ago backstage at the Oscars.
“I was up for something and there was this big chocolate cake on the catering table. Whatever I was up for, I lost… Read more & comment »
As fans of Downton Abbey will surely know, in the forthcoming third series of the show, acclaimed US actress Shirley MacLaine joined the cast to play the role of Lady Cora’s (Elizabeth McGovern) formidable mother Martha…
And during the recent American Film Institute awards ceremony, Shirley received a Lifetime Achievement gong, which was presented to her by McGovern.
During Elizabeth’s speech, in which she gushed about Shirley’s performances in Downton, a clip was shown of the moment that Shirley’s character met the equally formidable matriarch, the Dowager Duchess, who is of course played by stage and screen veteran, Maggie Smith.
The genius behind ITV sensational hit period drama, Downton Abbey, Nigel Marchant, has revealed that he wants the show to end on a high-note.
The hit drama, which has found huge success in the US as well and has even been spoofed by Jimmy Fallon on his late night US show, has always had an expiry date attached, with Marchant previously commenting that he would never let it over run with any of his other projects on the period time line. Read more & comment »
Rather oddly – since the stars of a show normally sing its praises – Downton Abbey newcomer Shirley MacLaine has told the Daily Telegraph that although she enjoys watching the show, she doesn’t know why it’s such a huge hit.
Shirley, who will make her Downton debut in the new series later this year as Martha Levinson, the mother of Lady Cora Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern), said, “I’ve been watching the series on TV and I love it.
“But I’m still not quite sure why it is such a big hit.
“Here as well as in the UK. I knew I loved it but I didn’t know all these other people were looking at it.
“I found it very encouraging about the intelligence of the audience, to tell you the truth. Yet I’m asking myself what is it about this show that is proving so irresistible?”
However, Shirley concluded that perhaps watching a drama that’s about opulence and wealth perhaps took everyone’s mind off of the current recession… Read more & comment »