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UpdatePosted 11/14/2014 07:05AM

Downton Abbey's Elizabeth McGovern Is in a Band

Originally posted 11/13/2014 09:10PM

Turns out, Cora Crawley can rock!

Though she plays the upper-crust aristocrat on Downton Abbey, in real life, Elizabeth McGovern spends her free time jamming with her folk/country band, Sadie and the Hotheads, and can be heard singing on the upcoming – wait for it – Christmas at Downton Abbey album, out Nov. 17. So what exactly does a Downton Abbey Christmas album sound like?

"It's just a really nice collection of Christmas songs done in a classical way, with the Budapest City orchestra and a beautiful choir," McGovern tells PEOPLE. And cast members singing! McGovern does a solo version of "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," as well as a duet of "The First Noel" with fellow Downton cast mate Julian Ovenden who plays Charles Blake, one of Lady Mary's two new suitors. (Ovenden, a professional singer, has several other solo songs on the album.) Jim Carter, who plays Carson, does a spoken-word version of " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

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Great News, Downtonites! Downton Abbey Has Been Renewed for a 6th Season

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Downton Abbey Has Been Renewed for a 6th Season

Originally posted 11/06/2014 03:15PM

The Crawleys aren't ready to pack it up just yet!

Masterpiece on PBS announced that Downton Abbey will return for a sixth season. The fifth season will premiere in the U.S. on Jan. 4, 2015.

"At its heart, television is about storytelling, and Downton Abbey is certainly storytelling at its finest," said Paula Kerger, PBS President and CEO.

"Downton Abbey and the Crawley family have kept us on the edge of our seats as they navigate through some of the biggest moments of the 20th century," she continued. "Along with our member stations, PBS can't wait to share the next season of Downton drama with our audiences."

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Downton Abbey's Allen Leech: My Friends Try to See My Scripts

Allen Leech: My Friends Try to See My Downton Abbey Scripts

Originally posted 11/03/2014 06:15AM

Allen Leech tries to lead a spoiler-free life when he's not playing Tom Branson on Downton Abbey – but his friends make it pretty difficult.

"I used to live in a house with four guys, all of my friends," the actor, 33, told PEOPLE Thursday while attending the BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards.

"I had to be very careful where the scripts were left, because suddenly you'd come in and someone would [say], 'I couldn't help but see that episode four was there.' I was like, 'Oh, my God!' So I tend not to tell anyone. Not even family. No one gets it out of me, which is good!"

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Downton Abbey Costume Designer Creates a Dress Made of Chocolate (PHOTOS)

Downton Abbey Costume Designer Creates a Dress Made of Chocolate (PHOTOS)

Originally posted 10/15/2014 01:15PM

The milk, white and dark cocoa gown took three months and 132 lbs. of chocolate to make

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George Clooney to Visit Downton Abbey | George Clooney

George Clooney to Visit Downton Abbey

Originally posted 09/11/2014 09:25AM

Not only is George Clooney about to marry a Brit, he's also set to visit the ultimate British period drama – Downton Abbey.

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The Wait Is Over! See the Trailer for Downton Abbey's New Season | Downton Abbey

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Watch the Trailer for Downton Abbey's New Season

Originally posted 08/30/2014 04:40PM

There's a fire burning at Downton Abbey and we're not just talking about the heated passions.

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Why Downton Abbey Is the Drama to Beat at the Emmy Awards | Downton Abbey

Why Downton Abbey Is the Drama to Beat at the Emmy Awards

Originally posted 08/24/2014 05:25PM

There's a reason why Downton Abbey made it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the most critically acclaimed television show – it's so good.

From the lavish set decoration to the exquisite costumes to unforgettable performances from cast members including Emmy nominees Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter and Joanne Froggatt, the British series – which has already won 11 Emmys over the years and is up for outstanding drama – is in a class all of its own.

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UpdatePosted 08/22/2014 05:15PM

See These Adorable Kids Re-Enact the Grittiest Emmy-Nominated Dramas

Originally posted 08/22/2014 04:10PM

The world of prestige TV is not a safe one for children. When people aren't being eaten by dragons, they're getting pushed in front of subway cars or murdered in other dangerous ways.

What's one way to make these shows more kid-friendly? Remake them with actual kids, of course!

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Why Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt Should Win an Emmy

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Why Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt Should Win an Emmy

Originally posted 08/22/2014 04:50PM

Some moments in the past season of Downton Abbey were heartbreakingly sad to watch. And most of those scenes featured Joanne Froggatt, whose character, maid Anna Bates, suffered a brutal sexual assault.

While some thought the storyline was poorly handled in the period drama, Froggatt, 34, who's nominated for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series at the Emmys, reveals it was an eye-opening experience for her.

"Since the storyline aired, I've received messages from women that have been through a similar experience to Anna in their own lives," she told E! last month. And like Anna, a lot of those women had felt unable to talk about what had happened to them.

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Why Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery Should Win an Emmy

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Why Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery Should Win an Emmy

Originally posted 08/22/2014 04:05PM

She began the fourth season of Downton Abbey in deep mourning over the sudden loss of her husband. But the spark deep within the heart of Michelle Dockery's character, Lady Mary Crawley, couldn't remain buried for long.

As the episodes went on, she found her way out of the darkness, and as series creator Julian Fellows says, she began "entertaining the notion that she could fall in love again."

Watching Dockery, 32, who's nominated for the third straight year for outstanding lead actress in a drama series at the Emmys, move from crushing sadness to believing in the possibility of a happy ending (all without losing her caustic wit) was more than a little inspiring.

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