07:41 AM EDT 12/17/2014
Originally posted 12/10/2014 03:15PM
[BRIGHTCOVE "20881357" "" "" "auto"] Who knew that Lady Edith Crawley could pound it out?
The Downton Abbey cast stopped by the PEOPLE Now studios on Wednesday just in time to hear that the show had been nominated for two Screen Actors Guild awards.
While Maggie Smith grabbed a nod for outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series, the cast was also honored with an ensemble nomination.
Originally posted 12/01/2014 03:50PM
First he gained a British wife, and now George Clooney has joined the aristocracy – well, at Downton Abbey, anyway!
As these on-set pictures prove, Clooney looks every inch the 1930s gentleman, too – complete with slicked-back hair and a wide-lapeled suit.
All he needs to complete the look is a shotgun and a trusty valet to carry his luggage.
Originally posted 11/13/2014 09:10PM
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."
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."
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!"
Originally posted 10/15/2014 01:15PM
The milk, white and dark cocoa gown took three months and 132 lbs. of chocolate to make
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.
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.
Originally posted 08/22/2014 04:10PM
What's one way to make these shows more kid-friendly? Remake them with actual kids, of course!
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