With all-star cast added and sans ‘Lady Rose’, filming begins on the “Downton Abbey” movie

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus as filming has begun on the long-awaited Downton Abbey movie. A roster of stars have been added to the returning upstairs and downstairs residents of Downton as Harry Potter’s Imelda Staunton, Sherlock Holmes‘ Geraldine James and The Thick of It‘s David Haig are among those who have signed-up. Also joining the cast […]

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“Tea with the Dames” to hit U.S. theaters September 21

What happens when four legends of British stage and screen get together? Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Eileen Atkins, and Dame Joan Plowright are among the most celebrated actresses of our time, with scores of iconic performances, decades of wisdom, and innumerable Oscars, Tonys, Emmys, and BAFTAs between them. They are also longtime […]

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Luther’s Ruth Wilson stars as her own grandmother in ‘Mrs. Wilson’ for PBS’ Masterpiece

Golden Globe®-winning actress Ruth Wilson, best known for her brilliant portrayal as research scientist/highly intelligent sociopath, Alice Morgan, in the psychological drama, Luther, returns to PBS’ Masterpiece series in a very personal sort of three-part drama, one based on her own grandmother’s memoir about her life and their complicated family history. Wilson was last seen on Masterpiece over a decade […]

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Rothschild banking dynasty next up for Downton Abbey’s Sir Julian Fellowes

Downton Abbey writer/creator, Sir Julian Fellowes, has yet another period drama in his prolific mind palace. According to Deadline, Fellowes has set his sights and pen on the richest family in history to dramatize one of the world’s most famous rags-to-riches stories in a series called Five Arrows for Sky Atlantic. Set against the backdrop of war […]

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Prrof positive there’s ‘Nothing Like a Dame’!

Recently, four ‘forces of nature’ converged in Sussex to film a documentary about their decades of acting on both stage and screen. Nothing Like a Dame, which features the likes of Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Eileen Aitkins and Dame Joan Plowright, is the first time the actresses/friends have ever appeared together on screen. The […]

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Could there be big news on the Downton Abbey horizon?

Social media has a way of setting the Internets on fire with a cryptic message under 140 characters. That was the case on Monday when the ITV show’s social media sent Downton Abbey-Nation into a frenzy after posting an uber-cryptic social media post teasing an announcement was coming very soon. “Something Big is Happening at Downton!” is playing […]

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Could ‘Downton Abbey’ open its doors once again?

Ever since Mr. Carson shuttered the doors and pocketed the keys to Downton Abbey, there have been endless and/or countless (depends on which is considered more) rumors that the Dowager Countess would soon be walking the halls of Downton again even with all that electricity floating around through the air. Would Sir Julian Fellowes actually ‘get […]

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Getting to know your Dowager Countess, a.k.a. Dame Maggie Smith

As Planet Earth prepares for the final series of Downton Abbey which begins on Sunday (3 January) on PBS’ Masterpiece series, if, like the Dowager Countess herself, you haven’t seen the series, it’s quite possible that you’d be surprised to know that the Dowager Countess was not Dame Maggie Smith’s first role. When it comes […]

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Post-Dowager Countess, Dame Maggie Smith is ‘The Lady in the Van’

Now that Downton Abbey has come to an end (from a filming standpoint, anyway), Dame Maggie Smith will be swapping her trademark Dowager Countess attire for a knit cap and dirty raincoat for her forthcoming role in playwright Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van. In the film adaptation of his hit West End play, The Lady in the […]

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