Table of Contents
- When was the Downton Abbey movie released?
- What happens in the Downton Abbey movie?
- How did Downton Abbey the TV show end?
- Who is in the cast of the Downton Abbey movie?
- Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
- Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, 7th Earl of Grantham
- Laura Carmichael as Edith Pelham, Marchioness of Hexham
- Jim Carter as Charles Carson
- Brendan Coyle as John Bates
- Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Talbot
- Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
- Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates
- Imelda Staunton also joins the cast as Lady Bagshaw
- What have the Downton Abbey film reviews been like?
- What is the new Downtown Abbey TV advert?
- Downton Abbey – where are they now? Catch up with the stars of the hit period drama
- Departure from Downton: 100%
- Lily James
- Dan Stevens
- Iain Glen
- Rose Leslie
DOWNTON Abbey fans are thrilled at the release of the highly-anticipated movie.
Here’s what you need to know about the movie event of the year and who’s starring in it.
14 The Downton Abbey movie is coming to a cinema near youCredit: �Focus Features / Supplied by LMK
When was the Downton Abbey movie released?
Downton Abbey movie hit UK cinemas on September 13, 2019.
The feature film runs for two hours.
Filming wrapped on the movie back in 2018 and it was announced in a Facebook post that read: “143 unforgettable scenes, 50 wonderful days, 1 glorious film.”
The Downton Abbey movie is set in 1927 and focuses on a visit by King George V and Queen Mary.
14 Fans are thrilled at the big return to DowntonCredit: AP:Associated Press
What happens in the Downton Abbey movie?
The movie will revolve around a royal visit from King George V and Queen Mary.
It will follow on a year from when the TV show ended and pick up in 1927.
With the Great Depression looming the Crawleys are having to tighten their belts – and see their army of servants reduced.
The movie will see Carson the butler, played by Jim Carter, summoned out of retirement by Lady Mary to try to restore glory to Downton as they prepare for their royal visit.
The film will also see Lady Mary considering whether to leave the estate forever – however, her trusty maid and confidant Anna Bates is on hand to attempt to sway her to stay.
Downstairs the servants are just as excited for the King George’s visit with cook Beryl Patmore starting her preparations.
But their feathers are ruffled as the royal household takes over, so the Downton staff stage a comeback.
Meanwhile, Branson gets a new love interest and the Dowager Countess is also back with lots of witty one-liners.
14 Mr Carson returns to Downton Abbey after taking retirementCredit: AP:Associated Press
How did Downton Abbey the TV show end?
Downton Abbey ran from September 26, 2010, until its final episode on Christmas Day in 2015.
The final season introduced the rise of the working class during the interwar period and hints towards the eventual decline of the British aristocracy.
The last show saw Lady Mary pregnant with her second husband Henry’s baby.
Lady Edith also got her happy ending, as she married Bertie and appeared to call a truce with her sister after years of fighting.
Downton Abbey was last seen on TV in 2015
Who is in the cast of the Downton Abbey movie?
You will not be disappointed by the cast, as all your old favourites have reunited for the film version of the hit TV show:
Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
14 Dame Maggie Smith was one of the most popular characters in the series and returns for the filmCredit: ITV
Maggie Smith, 84, returns as the feisty Violet Crawley, the Countess of Grantham.
Her career which has spanned over six decades and has seen her appear in a wide a range of TV, film and stage roles.
In the Harry Potter film series, for example, she played Minerva McGonagall and also starred in Clash Of The Titans, Evil Under The Sun and Death On The Nile.
Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, 7th Earl of Grantham
Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley
Hugh Bonneville, 55, will be back for the film as Downton Patriarch Robert Crawley.
He famously studied theology at Cambridge University and began his acting career on stage with the Nation Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company.
He has also appeared in a number of films including the box office smash Notting Hill, Tomorrow Never Dies and Paddington.
In 1998 he married Lulu Evans and the couple have a son together.
Laura Carmichael as Edith Pelham, Marchioness of Hexham
14 Laura Carmichael plays Edith Pelham (also known as Lady Edith)Credit: ITV
Lady Edith had a bumpy road to her happy ending but goes on to marry Herbert Pelham to become the Marchioness of Hexham.
In 2016, Laura also starred in the popular drama Marcella and the film A United Kingdom.
She ended up making her West End debut in 2012 when she starred in Uncle Vanya alongside Anna Friel and Samuel West.
Jim Carter as Charles Carson
Jim Carter as Charles Carson
Jim Carter reprises the role of Charles Carson in the upcoming film.
The actor is also famous for having starred in movies such as Alice in Wonderland and Transformers.
Brendan Coyle as John Bates
Brendan Coyle as John Bates
Brendan Coyle was one of the first people confirmed to star in the forthcoming flick, reprising the role of John Bates for the movie.
He famously played the character from 2010 until 2015 and has since starred in Mary Queen of Scots, Unless, Me Before You and the TV series 12 Monkeys.
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Talbot
14 Lady Mary played by Michelle Dockery is of course part of the castCredit: Handout
By the end of Downtown Abbey, her character ended up marrying Henry Talbot.
Michelle has had starring roles in films, such as Hanna (2011), Anna Karenina (2012), and Non-Stop (2014).
Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
14 Elizabeth McGovern returns as CoraCredit: Handout
Elizabeth returns as the glamorous Cora, Lord Granthan’s beloved wife.
She has been in the show since it started.
Away from Downton, Elizabeth is an American actress known for films like Ordinary People and The Wings of a Dove.
Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates
14 Joanne Froggat got her first big TV break in Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggat, 39, continues her role of Lady Mary’s maid Anna Bates.
The role famously earned her a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actress on Television in 2014.
Her early work on TV includes roles in Coronation Street (1997-98) and A Touch Of Frost (2003).
She has also appeared in a number of films including A Street Cat Named Bob in 2016.
Joanne will soon be back on TV in the new series of Liar.
Imelda Staunton also joins the cast as Lady Bagshaw
14 Imelda’s character Lady Bagshaw promises to “have it out” with Countess Grantham
The actress’ husband is Jim Carter who plays butler Carson.
She had previously said she would never appear on the show – but she clearly changed her mind for the film version.
Her character will rub Countess Grantham up the wrong way.
14 Downton Abbey follows the lives of the GranthamsCredit: ITV
What have the Downton Abbey film reviews been like?
The film has received mixed reviews so far:
The Sun’s Grant Rollings said: “It would be easy to criticise Julian Fellowes for turning out what is essentially a two-hour long episode.
“But it was certainly wise not to send the Crawleys on holiday or to have them saving the world.”
The BBC’s Caryn James described the film as “delightful fun”, despite the plot being “obvious almost to the point of stupidity”.
She wrote: “No matter. The movie is so sumptuous and enticing that it’s possible to overlook its many cinematic flaws. It fulfils the longing not just for a lost age, but for a television show brought back to life.”
The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw said the “plots are rickety and the characterisation has the depth of a Franklin Mint plate”, but conceded the overall film was “quite enjoyable”.
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What is the new Downtown Abbey TV advert?
To get you in the mood for Downton Abbey a brand new advert was been released which shows you how you can dine like you are Lord and Lady Grantham.
Starring Mrs Patmore (Lesley Nichol), the Asda ad sees her pouring her heart and soul into preparing a feast for a Royal visit, illustrating how every kitchen in the Kingdom deserves the best-tasting, quality ingredients.
Downton Abbey – where are they now? Catch up with the stars of the hit period drama
It was the period drama that launched the careers of as many young actors as it attracted big name stars.
Downton Abbey, the tale of early 20th century aristocrats the Crawleys and their household, was penned by Julian Fellowes and became an award-winning hit on both sides of the Atlantic.
It was confirmed this afternoon (July 13th) that Downton Abbey will be back for a film and that is filming this summer.
“Welcome back to Downton! We’re thrilled to announce that Downton Abbey is coming to the big screen,” the announcement read. “Film production begins this summer.”
US TV and movie industry website Deadline is reporting that the adaptation will welcome back the original cast, including Dame Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville and more in their upstairs/downstairs roles.
Series creator Julian Fellowes has written the screenplay for the Crawley family’s big-screen adventure, while Brian Percival – who took charge of the pilot – is set to direct.
As the Earl of Grantham, Bonneville found a niche in playing period aristocrats that he was comfortable with – his work since has included further wealthy historical characters.
In 2016, he played the Duke of Gloucester in TV series The Hollow Crown which also starred his Downton daughter Michelle Dockery, and 2017 saw him play Lord Louis Mountbatten in the film Viceroy’s House.
Bonneville returned to his other beloved TV role as the hapless BBC employee Ian Fletcher for a third series of sitcom W1A in 2017, and he was also back for the Paddington sequel in November.
The actress’s first role after Lady Edith Crawley took her far away from period drama – she starred in Marcella, a crime drama from The Bridge writer Hans Rosenfeldt, alongside Anna Friel.
Carmichael has also enjoyed a film role in historical drama A United Kingdom, which told the true story of an Englishwoman who cast off social convention to marry the future king of Botswana during 1940s apartheid. The Downton alumnus was the sister of the main character, who was played by Rosamund Pike.
In theatre, 2016 saw Carmichael appear in a West End production of The Maids alongside Orange Is The New Black star Uzo Aduba.
Carson has been taking a well-earned break since hanging up his butler’s jacket at the Abbey.
Actor Carter has completed some voice work, including Cogman for this summer’s blockbuster Transformers: The Last Knight and children’s tale The Little Vampire 3D, which will be out this October.
Fans of Carter can look forward to seeing him this summer in an all-star cast alongside Rob Brydon, Rupert Graves, Jane Horrocks, Charlotte Riley and Thomas Turgoose in comedy Swimming With Men, about a synchronised swimming team for middle-aged men.
In 2018, he has starred in the BBC adaptation of King Lear and he will also appear on History’s epic new drama series Knightfall this summer.
Period drama has continued to feature in Coyle’s life since he left the role of Bates, one half of one of Downton’s most-loved couples.
Later this summer, Brendan will star in Queen of Scots with Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan and David Tennant, and is also in the cast of forthcoming drama The Rising: 1916.
Dockery was the star of Downton as Lady Mary Crawley and has appeared in two more TV series since it wrapped, this time in the US where her popularity took off after the ITV hit.
She took a completely different direction with Good Behavior, in which she played a con woman trying to derail a hit man’s next murder, and in 2017 featured in Wild West series Godless about an 1880s New Mexico town made up entirely of women. She earned her fourth Primetime Emmy nomination for Godless.
The actress also appeared alongside Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling in the 2017 Julian Barnes adaptation The Sense of an Ending.
The actress’s portrayal of Anna Bates after she was attacked and raped shocked Downton fans, but her high-profile storyline has bagged her plenty of work.
In 2016 played murderer Mary Ann Cotton for the period series Dark Angel.
In 2017, she appeared in the historical film Mary Shelley with Maisie Williams, Douglas Booth and Elle Fanning, and she has also taken on the role of voicing Wendy for children’s series Bob The Builder.
Earlier this year, she starred in Liar, a drama from the writers of The Missing about a first date gone wrong with two differing stories on what happened.
With a career spanning five decades, Wilton has unsurprisingly notched up a number of other roles since her final Downton episode.
She played the queen in the Roald Dahl classic The BFG and was reunited with two of her former Downton castmates, Lily James and Jessica Brown Findlay, for an adaptation of Annie Barrows’ novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
The former Isobel Crawley also starred in 1980s-set series Brief Encounters about a group of women who become Ann Summers party saleswomen alongside Sophie Rundle, Sharon Rooney and Angela Griffin in 2016.
Wilton is working on two major new projects – Ricky Gervais’s Netflix comedy series After Life and the 2019 American-British comedy romance film Eternal Beauty. It also stars Sally Hawkins, David Thewlis, Billie Piper, Alice Lowe and Robert Aramayo.
Stevens bowed out as Matthew Crawley early on in the programme’s run, with his shock death storyline airing at Christmas 2012.
But the actor has cashed in on his Downton stardom, with many a Hollywood project to his name – most notably, as Beast in the recent live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast opposite Emma Watson.
He also stars in the lead role of US TV series Legion as a schizophrenic with special powers and was in the cinema last December playing Charles Dickens in The Man Who Invented Christmas.
Stevens’ other film credits include Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb, The Fifth Estate, and Kill Switch.
The actress who played Lady Rose MacClare had no worries about life after the Sunday night drama as she landed the title role in Disney’s live-action remake of Cinderella in the same year that the series finished.
Period drama has featured heavily in James’ repertoire since 2015, with projects including Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the Andrew Davies TV adaptation of War & Peace, and a Kenneth Branagh-directed theatre production of Romeo and Juliet in which she played Juliet.
James has had a busy 2018, starring in Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour, an adaptation of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and taking the lead in the highly anticipated Abba-themed sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, in which she plays Meryl Streep’s character’s younger self.
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It’s been a few months since we sadly had to say farewell to period drama Downton Abbey and the many popular stars that comprised its cast. Knowing that come this January, we won’t see the familiar faces of Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville or Maggie Smith on our screens every Sunday night still feels pretty surreal, and to be honest, is something we are all probably trying to avoid thinking about as much as possible.
But, even though Downton is gone (SNIFF), it doesn’t mean that we’ve said goodbye to all the great actors who played the Crawley clan forever. Many of the show’s stars have brand new projects in the works (many of which look markedly different from their respective roles when they were at Highclere).
So let’s see what they’ve been up to, shall we?
Michelle Dockery. Dockery’s next starring television role will be in the TNT drama series Good Behavior, in which she plays a con artist who’s been recently released from prison and subsequently gets caught up in a hitman’s plan to murder someone’s wife. So, not exactly Lady Mary Crawley, yeah? Dockery seems to spend a lot of time wearing a variety of wigs, fun outfits and disguises in this show, and it’s enough against type for her that it looks like it should be fun.
Good Behavior is set to premiere this Fall. Dockery also recently wrapped production on a film entitled The Sense of an Ending, which also stars Charlotte Rampling, Jim Broadbent and Freya Mavor.
Hugh Bonneville. Possibly the actor who has stuck mostly closely to his Downton roots, Bonneville’s next big project is the upcoming period drama The Viceroy’s House. This film tells the story of Lord Mountbatten, who in 1947 assumed the post of the last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people. Bonneville plays Mountbatten, and stars alongside Gillian Anderson and Michael Gambon, among others.
The cast of “The Viceroy’s House” (Photo: BBC Films)
Bonneville also appeared as the Duke of Gloucester in sequel series The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses, which aired as part of the BBC’s celebrations surrounding the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death (it’s due to come to America on Great Performances this Fall.) He also did a brief guest role on the musical comedy series Galavant, which is 100% worth looking up if you haven’t seen it. (The whole show, for sure, but specifically Bonneville’s part.)
Elizabeth McGovern. McGovern will next star alongside Uzo Aduba, Maggie Grace, and Cicely Tyson in Showing Roots, an indie drama about two women who work in a local beauty shop in Louisiana who are inspired to help integrate their community after the 1977 broadcast of the miniseries Roots. McGovern plays the beauty shop owner, and has an amazingly vibrant blonde wig on in this trailer. Wow. (I don’t think Cora Crawley would approve!)
Laura Carmicheal. Post-Downton, Carmichael did a bit of theater, starring in Jamie Lloyd’s psychological thriller The Maids alongside Orange is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba. She also had a big role in gritty ITV detective drama Marcella, a fairly big departure from her time as Edith Crawley if the reports of the series’ graphic violence and gore are to be believed. (Yikes!).
Laura Carmichael in “Marcella”. (Photo: ITV)
Her next film role is perhaps more familiar territory – the 1940s historical romance A United Kingdom, where Carmichael takes on another sibling role, as a character responsible for introducing her sister to her future husband in Africa.
Joanne Froggatt. Best known for playing the beloved, long-suffering housemaid Anna Bates in Downton, Froggatt will next be seen going completely against type in the role of infamous Victorian poisoner Mary Cotton, one of the first female serial killers. The two-part drama Dark Angel will air at some point later in 2016 in both the UK and in the US on PBS’s Masterpiece.
Joanne Froggatt as Mary Ann Cotton in “Dark Angel” (Photo: Courtesy of ©JustinSleePhotography2015/MASTERPIECE)
Froggatt also has roles in several other films in various stages of production, including A Storm in the Stars, Starfish, and A Streetcat Named Bob.
Brendan Coyle. Though Coyle’s schedule post-Downton seems to have been fairly light, the actor has popped up here and there including an episode of Syfy series 12 Monkeys. He also has a fairly major role the tearjerker romantic drama Me Before You, opposite Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke and The Hunger Games’ Sam Claflin. (Though blink and you’ll miss him in this trailer.)
Coyle is also starring in the film The Rising: 1916 with Merlin’s Colin Morgan, which tells the story of the Easter Rebellion, an armed insurrection launched in 1916 with the aim of ending British rule in Ireland and establishing an independent republic. Unfortunately, this film seems to have run into quite a few delays so its exact release date appears to be up in the air at present.
Allan Leech. Leech has a supporting role in the upcoming thriller Hunter’s Prayer, which tells the story of a hired assassin who bonds with his intended female target. If you’re more of a gamer type, you can also catch Leech doing voiceovers as part of The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt.
In short: Here’s hoping someone gives this guy a development deal ASAP.
Robert James-Collier. The guy who played everyone’s favorite Downton villain – or anti-hero, I guess, depending on how your personal feelings about Thomas go, most recently starred in the heart-warming family film A Christmas Star. To the surprise of probably no one, Robert James-Collier played – yup, you guessed it – the bad guy.
Kevin Doyle. Doyle, who played everyone’s favorite often bumbling, always kind of adorable manservant Molesley, has only had one fairly significant role so far since Downton has ended, but it’s a pretty big shift in tone for him, as far as characters go. He joined the cast of the second season of popular crime drama Happy Valley as Detective Sergeant John Wadsworth, who is brought into a case with Sargeamt Catherine Cawood (Last Tango in Halifax’s Sarah Lancashire), the show’s central character. This is a much darker role for Doyle, as Wadsworth is a character with some dark tendencies, and quite a few secrets, including but not limited to the mistress with whom he’s been having a two year affair.
Maggie Smith. The indomitable Dame Maggie Smith managed to take on several fairly major film roles throughout her time on Donwton, including in sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel alongside Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and a host of other A-list Brits.
She also starred in the big screen adaptation of Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van, reprising her role as Miss Mary Shephard, in the true story of an elderly woman who lived in a dilapidated van in the playwright’s London driveway for 15 years.
Sophie McShera. McShera, who played kitchen maid turned cook Daisy on Downton, scored a fairly sizeable role playing another servant (named Gwynne) on the ABC musical comedy series Galavant. McShera sang frequently on the show, and the songs are pretty hilarious, if you ask me.
Sadly, Galavant was canceled after its second season concluded, though you can still find the whole run on iTunes. McShera also starred opposite Russell Tovey and Sarah Hadland in comedy series The Job Lot, and portrayed the infamous Wallis Simpson in an episode of Drunk History.
Dan Stevens. Everyone’s favorite dearly departed Downton dreamboat has kept himself fairly busy since leaving Highclere Castle behind – starring in a variety of films ranging from swoony period drama Summer in February to creepy thriller The Guest to children’s flick Night at the Museum 3. He even did a quick turn on Broadway – with an American accent – in The Heiress.
Next up for Stevens is starring opposite Harry Potter alum Emma Watson as the titular Beast in Disney’s upcoming live-action version of Beauty and the Beast and playing a blind man who suddenly regains his sight in the drama The Ticket. He’ll also be returning to our television screens for the first time since Downton later this year, headlining Legion, the latest Marvel-based superhero drama for FX.
Dan Stevens as a Marvel superhero, in progress, for “Legion”.(Photo: Marvel/FX)
Have you seen any of the former Downton folks in non-Downton roles you particularly liked? What would you like to see them do in future?
Departure from Downton: 100%
Wilton makes the leap from the small screen to the big screen in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming children’s movie The BFG, based on the book by Roald Dahl and starring MASTERPIECE alum Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall). She’ll play the Queen of England, which is certainly a change from the wonderfully class-blind Isobel Crawley!
Departure from Downton: 100%
From Downton Abbey’s gentle philosopher-footman to present-day policeman, Kevin Doyle makes a 180 in portraying bad cop DS John Wadsworth in season two of Happy Valley (alongside The Paradise’s Sarah Lancashire), on Netflix.
Departure from Downton: 100%
Next up for the actress behind Lady Cora takes Elizabeth McGovern back across the pond to 1977 America in Showing Roots, a feature film about opening a small-town beauty shop for black and white clients after the broadcast of the miniseries Roots.
Departure from Downton: 100%
Next up for Lily James, Downton’s Lady Rose, is a WWII spy thriller, The Kaiser’s Last Kiss, in which she plays the Jewish, Dutch love interest of a German soldier. After Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Departure from Downton: 60%) and Cinderella (Departure from Downton: 70%), in Rose-like fashion, James once again plays forbidden love. But this time the stakes are much, much higher.
Departure from Downton: 90%
Downton’s feisty Lady Rosamund, Samantha Bond, is slated to return as Frances Burden, the heart and soul of the Women’s Institute, in Home Fires Season 2 on MASTERPIECE. Like Rosamund, Burden has a commanding—and sometimes divisive—presence. But she has a lot more work to do!
Departure from Downton: 75%
Brendan Coyle left Mr. Bates’ cane and his conscience behind for his next television role—the actor behind Downton’s longsuffering, loyal valet will play a vicious mob boss in the upcoming series Spotless (on the Esquire Network). A genuine baddie, instead of a falsely accused—what would Anna think?
Departure from Downton: 100%
Amazon’s adaptation of The Wheel of Time has cast Rosamund Pike. Penned by Robert Jordan, The Wheel of Time novels spanned 14 volumes, and became the best-selling fantasy series since The Lord Of the Rings – which Amazon has also ordered for the small screen. Drawn from numerous elements of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity, the one-hour action fantasy series has cast Pike in the leading role of Moiraine.
Noted for its detailed imaginary world and impeccably developed magic system, The Wheel Of Time series follows Moiraine Damodred, a member of the all-female organization the Aes Sedai, as she embarks on a perilous mission. Set in an unnamed world where magic can only be used by women, Moiraine recruits five young men and women on her journey, believing one of them may be the Dragon Reborn – one who can save humanity, or destroy it. The Wheel of Time coming to fruition has been a daunting task since 2000. No stranger to the big or small screen, English actress Pike has been revered for her work in Die Another Day, Pride & Prejudice, State of the Union, and David Fincher’s Gone Girl – which earned her an Academy Award nomination. The versatile actress is now set to lead one of Amazon’s most anticipated series.
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Co-producing with Sony TV, Amazon named Rafe Judkins (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) as executive producer and showrunner to help make the fantasy world a reality. The Wheel of Time is in the creative hands of producers Judkins, Pike, Rick Selvage, and Larry Mondragon. Unfortunately, Jordan passed away in 2007, however, Jordan’s widow Harriet McDougal will contribute to keeping the author’s vision intact, and serve as a consulting producer. Emmy nominee Uta Briesewitz (Jessica Jones, Westworld) has been tapped to direct the first two episodes. In a series where women hold the keys to power, casting for Moiraine was crucial, and fans of the novels have waited with bated breath to see if the choice would stay true to the character. The Wheel of Time team took to Twitter to unveil the announcement of Pike being cast as Moraine. See the post below:
Please welcome Rosamund Pike to the Wheel of Time family. Say hello to Moiraine. #WoTWednesday pic.twitter.com/577Hffwy6Y
— Wheel of Time Writers’ Room (@WoTWritersRoom) June 19, 2019
In the included image, Pike is reading “The Eye of The World”, the novel which began the series in 1990. Boasting a character list said to surpass Game of Thrones, the novels concluded with “A Memory of Light”, penned by Brandon Sanderson following Jordan’s death. Amazon clearly has the intention to pack their fantasy/action slate, as The Lord of the Rings TV show is officially underway. Set in a period long before the events of The Fellowship of the Ring, the series takes place on the J.R.R Tolkien timeline known as the Second Age. Amazon is eyeing a 2021 release date for The Lord of the Rings series. As for The Wheel of Time, as production gets closer more details will surface, including the casting choices of who will join Pike’s Moiraine. Pike is set to star in the upcoming crime film The Informer, and has recently been cast alongside Peter Dinklage in the thriller I Care A Lot.
The fantasy genre for the small screen took a loss with the end of HBO’s Game of Thrones. However, Amazon has made a wise move in greenlighting The Lord of the Rings and The Wheel of Time to series. The Wheel of Time has resonated with fans for its endless fascinating world, and powerful women at its core. Now, those familiar with the novels, as well as those seeking out a fix for a new action fantasy, have a series to dive into. Given Pike’s ability to inhabit her roles and adhere to the surroundings of her characters, she’s the perfect choice to bring Moiraine to life.
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Downton Abbey was a smash hit for ITV during its run from 2010 to 2015, propelling the cast into global superstardom and turning even the lesser-known actors into household names. But what have the stars of the show been up to since the cameras stopped rolling at Highclere castle?
Unsurprisingly, Downton has opened up a lot of doors for the cast as a whole, with many members going on to act in Hollywood movies and pursue other avenues of performing.
While some have been working non-stop, others have opted to have a well-deserved rest. Here’s a run through of what the cast of Downton Abbey are up to now…
Michelle Dockery starred as Lady Mary in Downton, becoming a household name and earning critical acclaim in the form of Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.
Since the show ended, Michelle has taken on roles that are worlds away from high society. In 2016, she took on the part of con artist Letty in US TV series Good Behavior and this year she starred as Alice in Godless, a Netflix-produced Wild Western.
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Since appearing as the shy and unlucky-in-love Lady Edith, Laura has continued to act. She worked alongside Anna Friel in ITV’s Marcella and next to Rosamund Pike in movie A United Kingdom.
It’s not just screen projects Laura’s working on – she’s currently starring alongside Stockard Channing in West End play Apologia, having previously tread the boards in The Maids.
Oh, and as for her sisterly bond with Michelle Dockery a.k.a Lady Mary? The pair are still firm friends.
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Jessica Brown Findlay
After her Downton character Lady Sybil tragically died, Jessica has starred in other period dramas including the BBC’s adaptation of Jamaica Inn in 2014 and ITV’s 2017 series Harlots. Next year will see the release of two films Jessica stars in – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (in which she’s reunited with Downton co-star Lily James) and Iris Warriors.
Established actor Hugh has been very busy indeed since his turn as Downton’s Lord Grantham ended. He’s played Lord Louis Mountbatten in movie Viceroy’s House and narrated a series of books based on the children’s TV show Sofia the First.
At the minute Hugh is reprising his role as BBC employee Ian Fletcher in comedy W1A and stars in the upcoming movies Breathe and Paddington 2.
Her role as Lady Cora has clearly given Elizabeth McGovern a taste for playing high society ladies in the early 20th century, as she’s currently doing just that in Broadway play Time and the Conways.
As well as treading the Broadway boards, Elizabeth is making music with her band Sadie & the Hotheads and also appearing in films – she’ll feature in The Commuter alongside Liam Neeson when it’s released next year.
Jim Carter has been living life at a not-too-hectic pace following his stint as Mr. Carson in Downton, having done some voiceover work and acted in a BBC TV-movie since the hit show ended.
Next up for Jim is 2018 film Swimming with Men – a comedy about a group of synchronised swimmers, also starring Rob Brydon.
Following her global success playing maid Anna Bates, Joanne Froggatt has made herself a household name. She’s appeared in various film and TV projects – most notably as Laura Nielson in ITV’s thriller Liar.
It’s been confirmed the hit show will be back for another series, which Joanne is due to act in – and she’ll also appear in Mary Shelley, a film about the love affair that resulted in Frankenstein being written.
Fun fact: since 2015, Joanne has voiced Wendy in kids TV show Bob the Builder – who knew?
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His turn as Matthew Crawley served Dan Stevens well as not long after, Hollywood came calling. He starred as the Beast opposite Emma Watson’s Belle in Disney’s recent adaptation of Beauty and the Beast and bagged the lead role in US TV series Legion. This Christmas, Dan plays Charles Dickens alongside Christopher Plummer as Ebenezer Scrooge in The Man Who Invented Christmas.
Lily James is another Downton star who’s done incredibly well since the show ended. Following her stint as headstrong Lady Rose, Lily has fronted a Disney’s 2015 remake of Cinderella, starred in an epic BBC adaptation of War and Peace and proved she can certainly pull of fast-paced action as Debora in Baby Driver.
Lily is set to show off her singing chops next, as she’s currently filming for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, in which she plays a younger version of Meryl Streep’s Donna.
In her personal life, Lily is dating The Crown’s Matt Smith; the couple have been together since 2014.
After winning hearts as Downton’s loveable chauffeur Tom Branson, Allen has starred as Eddie Roe in TV series Bellevue and as Richard Addison in film The Hunter’s Prayer. He’s currently filming for the part of Freddie Mercury’s personal manager Paul Prenter in upcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which will cover the years leading up to the band’s legendary appearance at Live Aid 1985.
It seems with much of his work set in America, the Irish-born actor is settling there for now. In early 2017, The Los Angeles Times reported that Allen had bought a property in Los Angeles’ Studio City.
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After playing troubled servant Thomas Barrow in Downton, Rob stuck with ITV and starred in a crime drama on the channel called The Level. The actor has also branched in to horror, playing Hutch in The Ritual (currently in cinemas).
As for his personal life? He recently relocated with his partner and son to a village on Dartmoor, says Radio Times. He has renovated several Victorian houses and hopes to open an organic bar in the near future. Watch this space!
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Downton Abbey was a popular series, and several actors and actresses got their start on it and became famous after appearing on the show. Created by Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park), the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Downton Abbey ran for six seasons and aired on ITV in the United Kingdom followed by broadcast on Masterpiece PBS in the United States a few months later. The series turned into a global phenomenon and has spawned a feature film revival, the Downton Abbey movie. Meanwhile, a few former cast members went on to even bigger stardom, thanks to their time at Downton Abbey.
Downton Abbey launched or cemented the careers of its stars, including Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, and Allen Leech, all of whom returned for the Downton Abbey movie. So did the actors who portray the servants of the aristocratic Crawley family, including Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Joanne Froggatt, Lesley Nicol, and Rob James-Collier. Most of those actors already had solid careers in British film and TV but they gained worldwide fame thanks to Downton Abbey. When the series began, the most acclaimed actor on the roster was Maggie Smith, who portrays Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess. Smith gained a new generation of fans for playing Professor Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter movies. In addition, Downton Abbey has imported some big-name American guest stars like Shirley MacLaine and Paul Giamatti, and other major British actors like Richard E. Grant and Matthew Goode have also made Downton their home.
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Many of Downton Abbey’s stars have done notable work after the series ended. Michelle Dockery starred in TNT’s Good Behavior for two seasons and in Netflix’s Western miniseries Godless. Laura Carmichael appeared in the film A United Kingdom and stars in The Spanish Princess on Starz. Allen Leech appeared as Paul Prenter, the scheming manager of Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) in Bohemian Rhapsody. Amusingly, Jim Carter’s voice might be the most famous of all because he provided the voice of Cogman, the sociopathic robot butler of Sir Edmund Burton (Anthony Hopkins) in Transformers: The Last Knight.
However, Downton Abbey’s worldwide popularity truly served as a springboard for the careers of a select group of its alumni. Dozens of actors have been part of the series throughout its six seasons and some series leads even left the series at its height, like Jessica Brown-Findlay, who played Lady Sybil, the youngest Crawley daughter and has had an eclectic post-Downton career. But a few former Downton Abbey actors really struck it big in movies and TV, becoming household names thanks to Disney and Game of Thrones.
Lily James is acclaimed by Julian Fellowes as Downton Abbey’s “greatest success story” and it’s easy to see why. James joined Downton Abbey late in season 3 as the Crawleys’ irrepressible cousin, Lady Rose MacClare. Rose essentially replaced Lady Sybil as the family’s youthful rebel after Sybil was killed off and Jessica Brown-Findlay left the series. James starred in Downton Abbey seasons 4 and 5 but she left before the final season. However, James returned for the Downton Abbey series finale although she won’t be reprising Lady Rose in the Downton Abbey movie.
The reason Lily James left Downton Abbey was because she won the title role in Disney’s Cinderella, which ushered in the Mouse House’s hugely successful blockbuster live-action remakes of their animated classics. After becoming a bonafide Disney Princess, James continued to score big roles in movies, TV, and the stage. James starred as Natasha Rostova in BBC’s War & Peace, she played Juliet opposite Richard Madden in Kenneth Branagh’s stage production of Romeo and Juliet, and she played Eve Harrington in All About Eve. James’ skyrocketing movie career includes starring in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Baby Driver, Darkest Hour, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society on Netflix. James also portrayed the younger version of Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again and she starred in Danny Boyle’s Yesterday.
Dan Stevens starred as Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey seasons 1-3. He was the series’ main romantic lead who was the heir to the Earlship of Grantham and the estate of Downton Abbey as well as the husband of Lady Mary. However, fans were shocked and dismayed when Matthew was abruptly killed off in Downton Abbey’s season 3 finale; the future Lord Grantham died in a car wreck on the night his son George was born. But after three years on Downton Abbey, Stevens grew restless in the role and he was wary of being typecast as virtuous Matthew Crawley after the show turned into a worldwide smash.
Stevens wanted to explore new horizons as an actor and he got his wish with the two major post-Downton roles he’s now known for: In 2017, Stevens followed in Lily James’ footsteps and became a Disney icon by playing Beast in Beauty and the Beast opposite Emma Watson. Stevens is not recognizable under the Beast’s makeup and prosthetics and it was certainly a role far removed from Matthew Crawley. So was his next major role starring in FX’s X-Men spinoff, Legion. Stevens portrayed mutant psychic David Haller, the son of Professor X (Harry Lloyd), in the psychedelic series, which recently wrapped its three-season run. As Beast and as David Haller, Stevens showcased a villainous edge and his formidable range as an actor.
Iain Glen already boasted dozens of movie and TV roles and before Downton Abbey, the Scottish actor was famous for playing the villainous Dr. Alexander Isaacs in the Resident Evil movies. Glen joined Downton Abbey season 2 as Sir Richard Carlisle, a self-made newspaper magnate who became the fiance of Lady Mary. However, Carlisle proved himself to be a domineering schemer who was willing to blackmail Lady Mary in order to ensure her devotion to him.
However memorable Glen’s stint on Downton Abbey was, the world knows him best as Ser Jorah Mormont on Game of Thrones. Glen starred in all eight seasons of HBO’s mega-blockbuster, which became one of the biggest TV shows in the world, and Mormont stood by the side of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) nearly the entirety of the series. While battling the White Walkers, Mormont memorably gave his life in defense of his Khaleesi in Game of Thrones season 8’s Battle of Winterfell. Currently, Glen portrays another iconic hero, Bruce Wayne, on DC Universe’s Titans.
Rose Leslie also started off on Downton Abbey before Game of Thrones elevated her stardom. The Scottish actress played Gwen Harding in Downton Abbey season 1; she was one of the housemaids who left service and became a secretary, thanks to Lady Sybil’s help. Leslie left Downton Abbey after the first season but she returned as Gwen, now a married woman of elevated status, in Downton Abbey season 6. However, Leslie is most famous for playing Ygritte, Jon Snow’s Wildling lover, on Game of Thrones seasons 2-4 and for uttering one of the series’ most quotable lines of dialogue, “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” After she left Game of Thrones, Leslie went on to star in BBC’s Luther and she plays the lead role of Maia Rindell on CBS All Access’ The Good Fight.
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