As has been the case since day one of Downton Abbey, the cast does their best to live up to the label of ‘hardest working group in show business’. Let’s just say they don’t idly sit by waiting for filming of the next series to begin. Many head to the West End for a little theater work, Hugh Bonneville has been know to head over to the BBC Light Entertainment department to film the likes of Twenty Twelve and W1A, others, both upstairs and downstairs, taking parts in other drama series for either the BBC or ITV and, if schedules match up, Elizabeth McGovern (Lady Cora) sings and plays guitar in her own band “Sadie and the Hotheads”. Penelope Wilton (Isobel Crawley) and the Dowager Countess herself, Maggie Smith, found time to film both the original and the sequel of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in their spare time. In recent memory, however, a number of the stars of Downton Abbey have begun passing the time when filming for the series is shut down (between the end of August and the beginning of March) by heading across the pond to try their hand at American television. A couple of years ago, Lesley Nichol (Mrs. Patmore) was a guest star on Fox’s Raising Hope.
Now it’s time for Mrs. Hughes to break away from the clutches of Mr. Carson, if just for a brief moment. Phyllis Logan, a.k.a. Downton Abbey‘s head housekeeper, will play a millionaire in an upcoming episode of Fox’s long-running hit series, Bones. According to Bones executive producer, Stephen Nathan, Logan’s character, Sandra Zins, “…is a wealthy woman whose housekeeper has been murdered. Her attempts to help are revealed to be a cover for something much darker.”
Bones returns Thursday, September 25 at 8:00pmET/7:00pmCT on Fox with Phyllis Logan set to appear in the tenth season’s sixth episode slated to air in early November.