Downton Abbey: See the Cast Out of Costume

UPDATED 01/05/2014 at 08:00 AM EST Originally published 01/03/2014 at 12:00 PM EST

Downton Abbey Cast Out of Costume: See It
The cast of Downton Abbey
Carnival Film and Television Limited 2013 for Masterpiece
Downton Abbey returns to PBS Sunday for a fourth season, and its stars' various promotional appearances serve as a reminder that the aristocratic Crawleys and their downstairs staff look very different in real life.

Browse the photos below to see the period drama's cast in and out of costume.

Michelle Dockery

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Michelle Dockery on Downton Abbey (left), and at HBO's Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Post-Award Reception on Sept. 22, 2013

Nick Briggs / Carnival Film; Imeh Akpanudosen / Getty

It's unlikely that Lady Mary would rock a bold red lip, but Dockery pulls it off with aplomb.

Laura Carmichael

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Laura Carmichael on Downton Abbey (left), and cast photo call at the Millennium Hotel on Dec. 10, 2013

Nick Briggs / Carnival Film; Evan Agostini / Invision / AP

Lady Edith is long dismissed as a wallflower, but off-screen, Carmichael shines in glamorous getups.

Jessica Brown-Findlay

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Jessica Brown-Findlay on Downton Abbey (left), and at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards on May 29, 2012

Carnival Film; Mike Marsland / WireImage

Pale skin may have been de rigueur for Edwardian aristocrats, but we prefer Lady Sybil with a sun-kissed glow.

Rob James-Collier

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Rob James-Collier on Downton Abbey (left), and at the Season 4 cast photo call on Dec. 10, 2013

Nick Briggs / Carnival Film; Stephen Lovekin / Getty

Troublemaker Thomas is usually up to no good, but his off-screen counterpart is just devilishly handsome.

Sophie McShera

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Sophie McShera on Downton Abbey (left), and at a press conference on Aug. 7, 2013

Nick Briggs / Carnival Film; Munawar Hosain / Startraks

Brunette beauty McShera is way more sophisticated than dowdy Daisy.

Dan Stevens

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Dan Stevens on Downton Abbey (left), and at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 6, 2013

Giles Keyte / Carnival Film; Evan Agostini / Invision / AP

Stevens is equally dreamy with or without scruff.

Siobhan Finneran

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Siobhan Finneran on Downton Abbey (left), and at the British Independent Film Awards on Dec. 8, 2013

Nick Wall / Carnival Film; Ben A. Pruchnie / Getty

Sporting free-flowing blond locks and a drapey dress, Finneran looks far less severe than the dour O'Brien.

Phyllis Logan

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Phyllis Logan on Downton Abbey (left), and at a cast photo call at the Millennium Hotel on Dec. 10, 2013

Joss Barratt / Carnival Film; Evan Agostini / Invision / AP

Head housekeeper Mrs. Hughes is too sensible for sequins.

Maggie Smith

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Maggie Smith on Downton Abbey (left), and at the 56th BFI London Film Festival in 2012

Nick Briggs / Carnival Films; PA Photos / Landov

As the hoity-toity Dowager Countess Violet Crawley, Smith favors immaculate finger waves, but her off-camera 'do is lower-maintenance.

Penelope Wilton

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Penelope Wilton on Downton Abbey (left), and at the Downton Abbey Childline Ball

Giles Keyte / Carnival Film; PA Photos / Landov

Wilton, who plays Lady Violet's nemesis Isobel, is also known to ditch her Downton updo.

Joanne Froggatt

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Joanne Froggatt on Downton Abbey (left), and at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards Performers Nominee Reception on Sept. 16, 2011

Carnival Film; Frank Micelotta / Invision for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences / AP

Lady's maid Anna is more frumpy than fashionable, but Froggatt is every bit the bombshell in a low-cut LBD.

Jim Carter

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Jim Carter on Downton Abbey (left), and at the National Youth Film Festival

Carnival Film; Mark Allan / Invision for National Youth Film Festival / AP

Carter's style is downright jaunty compared to butler Carson's staid attire.

Allen Leech

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Allen Leech on Downton Abbey (left), and at a cast photo call at the Millennium Hotel on Dec. 10, 2013

Nick Briggs / Carnival Film; Evan Agostini / Invision / AP

Leech, also known as former chauffeur Tom Branson, cleans up quite nicely on the red carpet.

Brendan Coyle

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Brendan Coyle on Downton Abbey (left), and at the BAFTA Los Angeles TV Tea 2012

Joss Barratt / Carnival Film; Jon Kopaloff / FilmMagic

Coyle, who plays brooding valet Bates, looks chipper in sharp specs and a printed shirt.

Hugh Bonneville

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Hugh Bonneville on Downton Abbey (left), and at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards Performers Nominee Reception on Sept. 20, 2013

Nick Briggs / Carnival Film; Paul A. Hebert / Invision / AP

Bonneville and the Earl of Grantham appear similarly stately in neckwear.

Elizabeth McGovern

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Elizabeth McGovern on Downton Abbey, and at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on June 10, 2013

Nick Wall / Carnival Film; Angela Weiss / Getty

McGovern may sport some lavish ensembles as Crawley matriarch Cora, but the actress opts for sleek, modern designs in real life.



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