Maggie Smith Would Like Her Emmy, Jimmy Kimmel

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On September 18th, the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards took place in Los Angeles.

Among the nominees was Dame Maggie Smith, who played the Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey for six seasons.

At the start of the show, host Jimmy Kimmel made up a new rule for any winner who wasn’t present to receive his or her Emmy.

“If you don’t know, Maggie Smith, she’s been nominated for the Emmy nine times. She’s won the Emmy three times,” Kimmel told the audience.  Continue reading

The Dowager Countess: 13 of Her Best ‘Downton Abbey’ Zingers

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Cousin Violet is a sage and stable port in the storm, according to me.

When we were first introduced to the Dowager Countess in 2010, many of us saw a stuffy, outdated old broad who was too stuck in her ways.

Not so, we’ve discovered.  Her Ladyship was perhaps one of the show’s most forward-thinking characters; shse assisted Lady Edith with her unplanned pregnancy, helped Dr. Clarkson soften the blow to Lady Cora regarding the cause of Sybil’s death (even though it was all Robert’s fault for trusting a new doctor), and told Lady Mary to stop being an a–hole and confess her true feelings to Cousin Matthew.

And so, as the sun sets in America on the final episode of Downton Abbey, we remember that quick wit and sassy attitude that made the Dowager Countess an international, timeless treasure.  Continue reading

Anna Bates Says The Most Frightful Thing to Kate Middleton

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On March 12th, 2015, the Duchess of Cambridge visited Ealing Studios, where the ITV hit, Downton Abbey was filming its sixth and final season.

Joanne Froggatt, who played lady’s maid Anna Bates, recalled meeting Her Royal Highness to Conan O’Brien on January 21st.

Everything was going well, Froggatt explained, until she unwittingly made a remark that could have been interpreted as dirty.

Catherine watched as Froggatt and Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary) filmed a scene in Mary’s bedroom.

“She walked in the room and Michelle and I had to carry on this scene, so before we actually said hello we had to act right in front of her,” Froggatt told O’Brien.

“It was a little bit nerve-racking and I got a bit jittery.  She came over to say ‘hi’ afterwards and I said, ‘Hello, lovely to meet you.'”

Catherine noted that it was “strange” being in Mary’s bedroom.  Continue reading

Elizabeth McGovern Shares Photos From ‘Downton Abbey’s Last Days of Filming

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Filming for the sixth and final season of ITV’s Downton Abbey is winding down, and cast members are sharing some fantastic photos from the set via Twitter.

Elizabeth McGovern‘s post will give you the feels, so I’ll let it sit with you for a moment:

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Carson and Co. Clean Up Well For Kate’s ‘Downton Abbey’ Set Visit

Kate Middleton Visits Downton Abbey Set

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Today, the Duchess of Cambridge visited the Downton Abbey set at Ealing Studios in London, where SHE toured the trailers, set and accepted a cake made by Daisy (Sophie McShera) and Mrs. Patmore (Leslie Nicol).

She spent the longest time in the kitchen, so me and Lesley [Nicol, who plays head cook Mrs. Patmore] are taking that as a compliment,” McShera told People‘s Simon Perry.

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Cressida Bonas Mulberry Dress BAFTA Tea Party 2015

Cressida Bonas Attends BAFTA Tea Party, Cavorts With ‘Downton Abbey’ Stars

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It’s Golden Globes weekend in Los Angeles, which draws a cast of thousands to Los Angeles for pre-parties, post-parties and everything in between.

Last night at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, BAFTA hosted their annual tea party.   Guess who joined nominees and other famous faces?  One Cressida Bonas, she who we once tried to imagine as a royal wife.  Continue reading

George Clooney ITV Downton Abbey Spoof

George Clooney Gives ‘Downton Abbey’ Quite a Scare

George Clooney ITV Downton Abbey Spoof


Downton Abbey imagined a world in which Lord Grantham (and his stupid decisions) didn’t exist, and I must say I much prefer order on the estate as opposed to what might have been.

In a parody produced by ITV to raise money for different charities, Lord Grantham receives a telegram confirming that yet another investment has gone sour.  He considers going for a drive to off himself, but is met by Patsy Stone the Angel (played by Joanna Lumley in a fantastic white pant suit).  Continue reading