The actor expressed gratitude for the roles, but explained that she prefers theatre work.
Award-winning Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes has announced that he's penning a new period drama called Belgravia for ITV.
A former Spitfire pilot who died aged 95 refused a request from Downton Abbey producers to use her posh house as a set – because it would disturb her dinner parties. Molly Rose OBE was approached by the makers of the period drama who wanted to film in the dining room of her Listed home as the place where the Crawley family sat and ate. Had she agreed, Mrs Rose’s Grade II listed Georgian home, in the ancient market town of Bampton, Oxon., would have become the iconic setting of the hit British series.
Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery has opened up about her year of heartbreak following the death of fiancé John Dineen. John tragically died from a rare form of cancer the age of just 34 in December, and Michelle says throwing herself into work has helped her to struggle through the worst year of her life. Michelle and John, an Irish financial PR, were introduced by Downton Abbey co-star Allen Leech in 2013, and got engaged the following year.
If anything can get us through the British winter, and fill the Downton-shaped hole, it’s going to be a lavishly set costume drama from Peter Morgan, the writer of the 2006 film The Queen starring Helen Mirren. The Crown, Netflix’s ambitious and most expensive show promises drama, intrigue and power politics in the 10-part series, following the early life of Queen Elizabeth II. The new full-length trailer features a young Elizabeth as she embarks on her reign as the newly crowned Queen as well as dealing with private conflicts between her new husband Prince Philip. The trailer opens with the Queen on her honeymoon as she receives the news of her father’s death. “Long live Queen Elizabeth” are the words that echo throughout, as we are given glimpses of how her new role will impact her her new husband, Prince Philip, and affect her relationship with the prime minister, Winston Churchill.
Exploding its way onto our screens is ITV’s brand new eight-part costume drama, Victoria. With lavish settings and costumes, it’s an instantly engaging drama revealing the passionate, strong-willed young Queen who would go on to rule the country for 63 years. The story follows her ascension to the throne as a teenager to her eventual marriage to the Prince Albert, and the show has already wowed critics and won over fans alike. The first two episodes have already aired on ITV and with the third arriving tonight, the show is definitely worth tuning in to.
Forget the fight for who might eventually take over the role of James Bond - there’s a Battle of the Brits* on its way in the 68th Emmy Awards. While Benedict Cumberbatch thinks it’s unlikely he’d ever be considered for the iconic spy role (perhaps we can have him as a villain instead) fellow thesps Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston remain among the favourites to succeed Daniel Craig. All three are nominated for the Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie award and will find out on September 18 who takes the crown.
Steve Coogan has been sighted out and about with a mystery woman prompting rumours that he’s already moved on from actress Daisy Lewis. The 50-year-old actor has been spotted a number of times this week holding hands with 26-year-old Laura Hajek, who is also known by her musician name, Edith Pop. The apparent couple were seen over the weekend at Hyde Park’s Carole King Barclaycard Great British Summertime event and then on Wednesday at a memorial for the late Victora Wood.
She’s become popular across the globe due to her spectacular performance as the no-nonsense but kind hearted cook, Mrs Patmore in phenomenon, Downton Abbey. The versatile actress that is Lesley Nicol has achieved much in her long career, though and here are five of her best characters: 1. Mrs Beaver in BBC television series, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - This was where I first spotted Lesley, she portrayed the character exactly as I imagined when I read the book and captured my imagination immediately. Katja in Supernatural - Lesley played a character who was essentially the witch from Hansel and Gretel.
OH. MY. GOD. Stop everything. Just as we’re struggling to get over the end of Downton Abbey on Christmas Day, Mrs. Patmore actress Lesley Nicol has just given us hope that we haven’t seen the last of the Crawleys yet!
Downton Abbey might have wrapped up on Christmas day but Lesley Nicol, who played cook Mrs. Patmore in the ITV drama, isn’t heading to the job centre just yet because she’s nabbed herself a pretty amazing role. Yep, the 62-year-old is set to front a two-part special on the Give A Dog A Home appeal for This Morning as she ditches the kitchen to turn reporter and help relocate poor pets who have been abandoned over Christmas. Speaking about her new role, Lesley explained: “This is such a worthy cause, and one I’m very passionate about.
“I hate goodbyes,” says Tom Branson, the former chauffeur done good, in the finale of Downton Abbey. It’s bizarre to think that six years of Downton has flown by so fast and as we take a step back to reflect, the show’s enormous reach around the globe - from stellar ratings in America to Primetime Emmy Award victories - is unparalleled for a British show. Downton truly has been a phenomenon.
EastEnders, Downton Abbey, Mrs Brown’s Boys and more… it can only mean one thing, Christmas is around the corner!Because we’re feeling so generous and festive we’ve compiled a slideshow of the best TV shows on your tellies over the Christmas period this year. So all you need to do is stock up on mince pies and sherry and park yourself in front of the screen. Got it? Good.Tell us what shows you’re most looking forward to by tweeting us at @YahooCelebUK!MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Downton Abbey might almost be finished for good (SOB), but we’ve still got a few treats to look forward to, including their Christmas special. The programme will include the moment they won BAFTA’s Special Award, presented by Dame Julie Walters. Jonathan Ross will be hosting ‘BAFTA Celebrates Downton Abbey’, with exclusive behind-the-scenes access to some of the last ever recorded scenes, while creator Julian Fellowes will reveal secrets about the show and how the show was created.
Michelle Dockery has been left devastated by the death of her Irish fiancé John Dineen. A private funeral service is expected to take place in Cork tomorrow. John, who was from Waterfall on the outskirts of Cork and worked as a Senior Director in FTI Consulting in London, passed away in Cork’s Marymount Hospice on Sunday morning aged 34, according to the Irish Examiner.
Downtown Abbey is unmistakably British - so the thought of it being set Stateside is almost unimaginable. Appearing on the Late Late Show over in the US, Downton Abbey actors Michelle Docherty, Hugh Bonneville and Alan Leech were challenged to showcase their best American accents. Host Alan Leech handed out the script from an actual episode of Downtown which the cast recreated with a US twist.
Uh-oh, that BBC/ ITV divide reigns on, with it being confirmed today that EastEnders and Downton Abbey will be competing for Christmas Day ratings as they go head-to-head. Viewers will have to choose between the last ever episode of ITV’s hit period drama or an explosive, and no doubt rather morbid, episode of the BBC One soap at 8.45pm. It might not sound like that difficult a decision to non-fans, but when you’re in a mince-pie-and-turkey related food coma on Christmas Day, this will probably be the biggest challenge that viewers could face.
Before we say goodbye to the Granthams forever, there’s still time for one last comedy sketch in honour of ITV’s Text Santa charity appeal. The cast of Downton Abbey star in a new skit which sees fellow ITV star Brenda Blethlyn pop up at their sprawling manor as DCI Vera Stanhope to investigate a murder. Vera arrives just as Robert and Isobel begin auditions to find Downton’s official Santa Claus.
You know Christmas is just around the corner when BBC and ITV reveal their big plans for December 25.
Lily James, who plays Lady Rose Aldridge, has confirmed that she’ll be back for this year’s Christmas special, having left the show during last year’s festive special, when she went to New York with new husband Atticus Aldridge. “I don’t know if I’d be sitting here if it weren’t for Downton. The final series of Downton Abbey is set in 1925, with the narrative exploring the decline of the Crawley household.