Changes keep coming to the indestructible mansion of Downton Abbey. Siobahn Finneran, the actress who has so far played the ladino maid Sara O’Brien, will not appear in season four, she has announced. Dan Stevens, the actor who played Matthew Crawley, the male lead of the series, announced months ago that he was not going to continue giving life to his character. Stevens was followed by Jessica Brown Findlay, who played the family’s youngest daughter, Shybill. Now the producers announce incorporations to try to sustain the fiction after so much abandonment.
Shirley MacLaine, the Oscar winner for The strength of affection, will return to give life to Martha Levinson, the maternal grandmother of the family in the new season. This character appeared in the first chapters of the third season, as a nemesis of the character of the also Oscar-winning Maggie Smith, in her role as the widowed Countess of Grantham.
Standing up to the Lady Violet tradition and her exquisite refinement and formalism, Cora Crawley embodies the freshness and new manners imported from America. The relationship between the two grandmothers has already generated conflicts and will be a source of the plots of the next season.
But MacLaine isn’t the only addition to Downton Abbey. Tom Cullen (An endless world), will play Lord Gillingham, an old friend of the Crawley family; Julian Ovenden (Cashmere Mafia), will play aristocrat Charles Blake; and Harriet Walter (Babel), will play Lady Shackleton. Joanna David (You will meet the man of your dreams), Nigel Harman (Blood Diamond) and opera singer Kiri Te Kanawa also join the cast to play the Duchess of Yeovil, valet Green and a guest of the Crawleys, respectively.
Downton Abbey It is a British and American co-production that is broadcast in several countries. In Spain it can be followed on Antena 3. Fiction is a great winner at the Emmy Awards, where it has received distinctions such as best series, best screenplay, best director and best supporting actress for the incombustible Maggie Smith.