02:07 PM EDT 02/27/2014
Originally posted 01/02/2014 11:00AM
Plus: The show's Mrs. Patmore opens up on whether or not the upstairs and downstairs cast mix
Originally posted 01/03/2014 12:00PM
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.
Originally posted 01/02/2014 12:00PM
Downton Abbey returns to primetime when season four of the period drama gets underway this Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on PBS.
Originally posted 12/30/2013 07:05PM
Downton at Disney?
Elizabeth McGovern poked fun at herself on Sunday as she posed for a portrait that parodies the Downton Abbey cast photo during a visit to Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
McGovern, 52, stood at the head of two lines of Disney employees in front of Epcot's United Kingdom Pavilion, which was meant to represent Highclere Castle, the historical building used in the hit television show.
Originally posted 12/28/2013 12:10PM
Maggie Smith turns 79 Saturday. And while the inimitable actress's career spans six decades, she's currently beloved for her meme-worthy one-liners as the caustic Lady Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, on Downton Abbey.
What better way to celebrate Smith's birthday than with a look back at some of her funniest zingers? There's sure to be plenty more to come when Downton Abbey's fourth season premieres on PBS Jan. 5.
Originally posted 12/12/2013 11:25AM
This is something you'd expect to see at a downtown Arby's, not at Downton Abbey.
During a trip to the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon set Tuesday night, Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery joined the host in his newest holiday tradition, in which contestants put large pairs of antlers on their heads and then try to toss rings onto each other.
Originally posted 12/08/2013 08:15AM
He's got a broad red face and a little round belly, but this Santa doesn't doesn't laugh at all – much less shake like a bowl full of jelly.
And he's got a lot to be mad about. As played by Downton Abbey's Jim Carter, Santa is fed up with the havoc that global warming is wreaking on his home at the North Pole, and he's recorded this manifesto-style PSA for Greenpeace to plead for assistance.
Originally posted 11/08/2013 10:30AM
Our Dearest Lord Grantham,
How strange, that on this happiest of milestones – the golden celebration of your 50th birthday – we are overcome with Grief! Sadness! Heartache! as we recall your tumultuous 49th year. Even the Dowager agrees with us: you've had a rough go of it. Please, by all means, have one of those newfangled cocktails before you continue reading this entreaty of well-being and support. There, there, our good Lord. There, there.
Originally posted 10/27/2013 07:10PM
Sip a red and a white created from grapevines dating back to the era depicted on the PBS show
Originally posted 08/31/2013 04:20PM
The fourth season of Downton Abbey won't be on the air in the U.S. until next year, but fans of the British drama can get a tantalizing glimpse of what the lies ahead for the Crawley family in a new one-minute trailer.
As Lady Mary continues to mourn the loss of her husband, Matthew, who died in a car accident at the end of the last season, her grandmother, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, tells her: "You have a straightforward choice, you must choose either death or life."
But moving on isn't easy.
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