As series 4 of Downton Abbey begins to wind down in the U.S., filming for series 5 is in full-swing in the UK. Targeted for broadcast this Autumn on ITV in the UK and, most likely, January 2015 on PBS in America, the forthcoming series will see several new faces as did series 4. For series 5, the new faces translate to some very familiar names in the book of Who’s Who in British Telly.
Added to the cast for the next set of episodes in the world of Downton will be Richard E. Grant (Gosford Park, Withnail and I, Bram Stoker’s Dracula), Anna Chancellor (Fleming, The Hour, Spooks, Fortysomething) and Rade Sherbedgia (Snatch, Taken 2). For the 5th series, which will again be comprised of eight episodes and a Christmas 2014 special, Grant will star as Downton guest Simon Bricker, Chancellor will play Lady Anstruther and Sherbedgia will play Russian refugee Kuragin, who flees the Russian revolution after WWI. In addition, Dame Harriet Walter will return as Lady Shackleton, along with Peter Egan as Lord Flintshire (a.k.a Shrimpie).
If you enjoy the brilliance that is Richard E. Grant, check out the series, Hotel Secrets with Richard E. Grant, which will be airing on a number of public television stations this Spring. Grant gives equal time to both the incredible luxury and the scandalous history of some of the world’s best hotels including the George V in Paris, the Four Seasons in New York, the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and the Savoy in London.
Check it out while waiting for Downton Abbey 5!