'Downton Abbey' season 4: Creator and cast talk what's ahead
'Downton Abbey' just finished up its third season, but we already know some crucial information about the British drama's next episodes. Here's a round-up of what we've learned so far as well as the thoughts of the cast and crew on what's coming up.
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In addition, as we discussed previously, "The Young Victoria" actress Dame Harriet Walter has reportedly been cast as a friend of the Dowager Countess's named Lady Shackleton and Shirley MacLaine will reprise her role as Cora's mother for the 2013 Christmas episode. Other "Downton" newbies include "Foyle's War" actor Julian Ovenden as a high-born man named Charles Blake, well known opera singer Kiri Te Kanawa as a woman who performs at the "Downton" house, and actor Nigel Harman of "Hotel Babylon" as a valet who, like many of the house staff, goes by his last name, Green.
Actress Laura Carmichael, who plays Edith, stayed mum on where the middle sister's possible romance with her editor is headed but told the Huffington Post UK that Edith's done with society's expectations.
"She's coming into her own a little bit, I think," she said. "It's all been ups and downs. But I think after being jilted I think she's thrown it all out the window, any ideas she did have in the first place, and I think that's been good for her."
Meanwhile, Joanna Froggatt, who plays maid Anna, says that while there are some ups and downs, better days are finally ahead for her and her husband Bates.
"You certainly see Anna and Bates in times of happiness, which I think was well needed," she told Zap2it. "...I think [season four] may be the best yet and there are certainly aspects of Anna's character that have never been seen before."
The new season is being filmed now, so doubtless more news will be coming out of Highclere Castle as the months progress. Still going through "Downton" withdrawal? The best we can suggest is grabbing some scones on the way home.
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