11:04 AM EDT 03/11/2016
Originally posted 03/06/2016 10:35PM
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.
Michelle Dockery's Downton Abbey Costar Elizabeth McGovern Shares a Touching Tribute to Her Grieving TV Daughter
Originally posted 12/17/2015 01:45PM
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.
Originally posted 12/03/2015 04:05PM
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!
Originally posted 09/10/2015 01:10PM
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.
Originally posted 01/08/2015 12:55PM
Just in time for the season 5 return of the hit PBS series
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):
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.
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 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 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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