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Toodles, Lady Mary! Downton Abbey Concludes with Lots of Tea and Sympathy

Originally posted 03/06/2016 10:35PM

After six seasons, PBS Masterpiece's beloved British series about aristocrats and servants has rolled to a gentle, satisfying close. In the final episode, Robert, Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), finally gave up complaining that this or that setback at Downton represented the twilight of the gentry. Everyone, upstairs and down, seemed to agree instead to pretend they were basking in an eternal, sentimental gloaming. Even long-suffering Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) walked down the aisle, although her escort into the future will be a twit.

Life wound up "happy enough," said Lady Violet (Dame Maggie Smith), "which is the English version of a happy ending."

So, goodbye to all that.

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Michelle Dockery's Downton Abbey Costar Elizabeth McGovern Shares a Touching Tribute to Her Grieving TV Daughter

Originally posted 12/17/2015 01:45PM

Michelle Dockery's Downton Abbey family is supporting her in her time of grief.

Dockery's on-screen mother Elizabeth McGovern, who plays Lady Cora Grantham on the period drama, retweeted a message of love for the 34-year-old actress, whose fiancé John Dineen died Sunday at the age of 34 after battling a rare, aggressive form of cancer.

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Grab Your Tissues and Watch the Teaser for Downton Abbey's Final Episode Ever

Originally posted 12/03/2015 04:05PM

Oh, Downton Abbey, is really time to say goodbye?

After six seasons, 52 episodes and plenty of heartbreak, we're gearing up to bid our final adieu to everyone's favorite aristocrats – and their servants – in an episode that Downton star Michelle Dockery told The Telegraph she "felt sick" shooting.

Luckily for those across the pond, Americans still have a whole season of 1920s-set intrigue to experience.

That being said, proceed through the rest of this article with caution – spoilers ahead!

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Can't Wait for Downton Abbey Season 6? Check Out These Brand New Photos from the Final Season

Originally posted 09/10/2015 01:10PM

If the wait for the return of Downton Abbey is getting too long, you're in luck because brand new photos from the sixth and final season just dropped.

The hit PBS Masterpiece show debuted 13 stills from season 6 on Thursday that give us a sneak peek into the drama to come, including some new faces, hunting, dancing and plenty of anguished looks.

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Which Character Inspired the New Downton Abbey Wines?

Which Character Inspired the New Downton Abbey Wines?

Originally posted 01/08/2015 12:55PM

Just in time for the season 5 return of the hit PBS series

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Romance, Scandal and that Secret Baby: What to Look for in Downton Abbey's New Season

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Romance, Scandal and that Secret Baby: What to Look for in Downton Abbey's New Season

Originally posted 01/04/2015 03:35PM

No meth labs. No superheroes. No steamy sex scenes. So what exactly is it that's got me – an avowed avoider of most things period, British and cozy – hooked on Downton Abbey?

As Season 5 kicks off (on PBS at 9 p.m. Sunday), I think it's the show's sense of human decency – amid rapidly changing times and trying circumstances – showcasing the Granthams' (and most of their circle's) ability to maintain stiff upper lips along with soft hearts.

Season 5 is a quiet but pleasurable one – nothing truly major happens, and that's just fine. After the devastation of World War I and, closer to home, the sudden death of Lady Mary's husband Matthew Crawley back in Season 3, there's enough tragedy still reverberating. As the characters all consider the next steps in their lives, here are some highlights of the new season (mild spoiler warning):

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Watch George Clooney Seduce Elizabeth McGovern on Downton Abbey

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George Clooney Seduces Elizabeth McGovern on Downton Abbey (VIDEO)

Originally posted 12/19/2014 10:05AM

Can a girl get a better Christmas present than a kiss from George Clooney?

And not just any kiss. If you happen to be the Countess of Grantham, you get to enjoy a Clooney smooch the full length of your left arm from wrist to shoulder.

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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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Elizabeth McGovern Spoofs Downton Abbey at Disney World (PHOTO)

Elizabeth McGovern Spoofs Downton Abbey During Disney World Trip

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.

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Downton Abbey's Maggie Smith & Elizabeth McGovern: Before They Were Stars

Originally posted 01/14/2013 10:30AM

Everyone has a past ... even the actors on Downton Abbey.

Long before they were cast as members of the aristocratic Crawley family, Dame Maggie Smith and Elizabeth McGovern appeared in a variety of films, and Snakkle.com has the photos to prove it.

As Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, Smith reigns over her costars, often offering some comic relief in the form of barbs. But prior to Downton and long before her iconic roles in Sister Act and the Harry Potter films, Smith was a fresh-faced girl engulfed in her studies.

(Smith, 78, won a Golden Globe Sunday night and is nominate ford a SAG Award for her role on Downton.)

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