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Is Downton's Lady Mary Getting This Guy as a Hot New Love Interest?

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Downton Abbey Heartthrob Spoiler Alert – for Next Season

Originally posted 02/18/2013 01:20PM

No moss grows under Lady Mary, that's for sure. The Merry Widow may already have a new suitor.

British TV heartthrob Tom Ellis reportedly had an impressive audition for the producers of Downton Abbey, to become what is being described as season 4's love interest for Lady Mary, played by Michelle Dockery.

According to the U.K. Mirror, an ITV source said of the 33-year-old, married father of three: "He really showed his versatility, and he's also incredibly popular with the female viewers."

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What Caused Downton Abbey's Dramatic Plot Turn?

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Downton Abbey's Dramatic Plot Turn: What Caused It?

Originally posted 01/28/2013 01:20PM

How seriously do TV viewers take what happens to the Crawleys and those in their sphere on Downton Abbey?

So seriously that, as the series' creator and writer Julian Fellowes recently admitted to PEOPLE, he even gets yelled at "a bit" by members of the public when something they dislike takes place on the show.

"And they know it all," the Oscar- and Emmy-winner, 63, said about the public's reaction. "They have opinions that are better than mine."

SPOILER ALERT: Details of Sunday's broadcast are about to be revealed.

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Shirley MacLaine Sends Dispatches from the Downton Abbey Set | Maggie Smith, Shirley MacLaine

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Shirley MacLaine Sends Dispatches from the Downton Abbey Set

Originally posted 02/24/2012 07:45AM

She'll add some sass to the class.

The welcome news that Shirley MacLaine is joining the British bluebloods for Season 3 of the TV hit Downton Abbey has speculation running high on just how she'll fit in.

To her own eye, it appears to be just fine. Set to play an American character named Martha Levinson, who is the mother of Cora, Lady Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern), the 77-year-old Oscar winner Tweeted from the set in England this week.

"Everything is going well. We shot outside in wind and rain. Love the cast and crew," MacLaine said Wednesday, before adding on Thursday: "Amazing day on Downton Abbey set. I love the British humor and temperament and functionality. Maggie [Smith, who plays the Dowager Countess] is so subtle and so much fun!"

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