Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey soapA range of Downton Abbey-themed products will soon be on the shelves in Marks & Spencer.

The beauty line will be in stores in time for the fourth season of the ITV drama this autumn.

Among the products will be lip balms, soaps, cosmetic bags and candles.

The products will be available for purchase from October 12 in more than 250 M&S stores across the country.

DowntonAbbeyMaggieSmithAn American-based drink company is producing a range of wines based on Downton Abbey.

Wines That Rock will produce the range “inspired” by the ITV series, attempting to recreate the kind of fine wines that the likes of Lord Grantham would serve in his dining room.

Co-owner of Wines That Rock Bill Zysblat said: “The Dulong Grands Vins De Bordeaux vineyards… have over 130 years of experience in creating the world’s best wines so these are wines the Crawley family would have been proud to serve at Downton.” Continue reading »

DowntonAbbeyMetthewCrawleyDownton Abbey’s executive producer Gareth Neame has claimed that Matthew Crawley needed to die.

The exec has discussed the dramatic death of Dan Stevens’ character, saying it added “dramatic rocket fuel” to the ITV series.

“There’s nothing better that could have happened than that twist,” he said. “Mary Crawley’s story is far more interesting now, and the dynamics of the show are far more interesting – that she has to rebuild her life. Continue reading »

paul-giamattiAmerican actor Paul Giamatti will join Downton Abbey’s fourth season later this year.

Giamatti will join the scattering of Americans on the cast, playing the role of Harold Levinson, the “maverick playboy” brother of Cora (Elizabeth McGivern) and the son of Martha (Shirley MacLaine).

Carnival Films’ managing director, Gareth Neame said: “We’re excited that Paul Giamatti will be joining us on Downton to play Cora’s brother Harold, the rather free-spirited uncle to Mary and Edith. Continue reading »

Hugh-Bonneville-Downton-AbbeyWe may well be seeing Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville in the live action Paddington Bear film due out next year.

The Wrap is reporting that the British actor may well take the lead role as Henry Brown, the father in the family who take the bear in when he arrives in London.

The project is being adapted by David Heyman’s (Harry Potter) production company Heyday Films.

Paul King (The Mighty Boosh) is attached as director while Hamish McColl (Mr Bean’s Holiday) has penned the script. Continue reading »

downton-abbey-brendancoyleA rather bizarre Downton Abbey-themed auction has hit the internet.

Fans of the ITV show can now bid on a dinner date with actor Brendan Coyle – who plays butler Mr Bates – where they will basically be his servant for the night.

The auction to benefit New York’s Origin Theater Company, involves dinner at Per Se at the Time Warner Center and a horse-drawn carriage ride among a few other things that are borderline creepy. Continue reading »

JJ Abrams and Downton Abbey aren’t usually mentioned in the same sentence but it appears the former is big fan of the latter.

Abrams has paid a visit to the set of the ITV drama, posing for a photo with Mrs Hughes (Phyllis Logan).

garycarrGary Carr has been added to the cast of Downton Abbey.

The Death in Paradise and Bluestone 42 actor will lay the role of Jack Ross, a “charming and charismatic” young jazz singer alongside the likes of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Tom Cullen, Julian Ovenden, Nigel Harman, Joanna David and Dame Harriet Walter who have all joined the series.

Carnival Films’ Managing Director, Gareth Neame said, “We are delighted to introduce another fantastic, dynamic character to Downton Abbey. His addition will bring interesting twists to the drama which we can’t wait for viewers to see in Series 4”. Continue reading »

Hugh-Bonneville-Downton-AbbeyA range of Downton Abbey clothing is going to be launched by the American network NBC Universal.

The show’s executive producer Gareth Neame confirmed the news in an interview this week, saying that the network will “be working across an entire range of products coming out this year. From fashion, apparel and homeware and furniture to wallpapers, beauty products and stationary.”

The network is no stranger to spin-off apparel, with ranges for the likes of Friends, Star Trek and 30 Rock.

michelle-dockery-downton-abbey-Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary Crawford is taking a trip to Quahog.

Actress Michelle Dockery will make a guest appearance on Family Guy playing the role of an aristocrat in a British period drama.

Dockery will voice a character who appears in a cutaway scene showing a period drama similar to Downton Abbey.

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