03:44 PM EDT 03/19/2015
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 12/10/2014 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 01/28/2013 10:00AM
On the screen, Downton Abbey's downstairs house staff are decidedly unglamorous and dressed to reflect their life's station. But at the SAG Awards Sunday night, where they won for best TV cast, the actors said they were thrilled to be made up and presenting themselves as red-carpet ready.
"It's bliss. It really is nice to have more than 10 minutes spent on your face," said actress Phyllis Logan, who plays stoic Mrs. Hughes, the head maid.
Added Amy Nuttall, who plays Ethel, the housemaid turned prostitute: We all get costume and hair and makeup envy of the upstairs girls. They all look immaculate and fresh, and we're all made to look tired."
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