Belfast Telegraph

Monday 2 February 2015

Downton Abbey cast joined by Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine

Shirley MacLaine is joining the cast of the hit country house show, Downton Abbey.
Shirley MacLaine is joining the cast of the hit country house show, Downton Abbey.
Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern. producer Rebecca Eaton, writer Julian Fellowes and producer Gareth Neame accept the award for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television 'Downton Abbey - Masterpiece Classic' onstage during the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton International Ballroom on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC via Getty Images)
Fay Ripley would like to play a toff in Downton Abbey
Brendan Coyle is nominated for his role in Downton
Joan Collins said she'd love a role in Downton Abbey
Dan Stevens says he tries to keep the Downton Abbey plotlines secret from his wife
Jessica Brown Findlay stars in Albatross and Downton Abbey
Michelle Dockery said viewers can expect a wedding, a funeral and a sex scene in the coming episodes of Downton Abbey
Julian Fellowes and the ladies of Downton Abbey have lots to celebrate

Hollywood royalty is heading to Downton Abbey with actress Shirley MacLaine joining the cast of the hit country house show.

The 77-year-old actress, sister of Warren Beatty, will play Martha Levinson, the mother of Lady Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern) in the third series of the ITV1 show.

MacLaine, who won the best actress Oscar in 1983 for Terms Of Endearment, will join the cast when they start filming next month.

She has starred in more than 50 films, had six Oscar nominations and written several best-sellers in a career that spans more than half a century.

Gareth Neame, from Carnival Films which produces the show, said: "My late grandfather directed Shirley MacLaine in Gambit in 1966 so it is a delight for me that she will be joining us on Downton Abbey.

"Julian (Fellowes) has written another brilliant character in Martha Levinson, who will be a wonderful combatant for Maggie Smith's Dowager Countess and we are excited at the prospect of Shirley MacLaine playing her."

Laura Mackie, director of drama at ITV, said MacLaine's arrival on the show was a tribute to its "success on both sides of the Atlantic".

Downton Abbey scooped the award for best television mini series at the Golden Globes earlier this month.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Nightlife Galleries

More

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Aquarius:

A stimulating conversation with a neighbour will change your outlook. It's always exciting when you realise there are more options than you previously thought. The chance to work with people from different backgrounds will be enlightening. Don't be surprised when you start valuing things you once overlooked. Putting up with toxic relationships will become a thing of the past. You'll start demanding authenticity in every area of life, especially the personal realm.More