While viewers may still be mourning the death of Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey, his replacement has already been found, with Tom Cullen joining the cast of series four as Lady Mary’s new love interest.
Fans were left outraged on Christmas Day after Matthew was killed during the final minutes of the festive special, with his untimely demise coming the same day as the birth of his first child.
Producers tried to quell the unrest by promising a new love interest for Lady Mary, with Miranda star Tom Ellis initially tipped to take the role.
But now Carnival and Masterpiece on PBS – which broadcasts the show in the US – has confirmed Lord Gillingham will be played by Welsh actor Tom Cullen, previously seen starring in the first series of Black Mirror and Ridley Scott miniseries World Without End.
His character is described as ‘an old family friend of the Crawleys who visits the family as a guest for a house party’ – but it’s unclear for how long he will stay at Downton.
Apologies for not posting this sooner, I wanted to make sure this was confirmed before posting. This article states that both Carnival and Masterpiece have confirmed this casting. What do you think of Michelle’s new love interest? Is he what you pictured?
Michelle recently took the opportunity to announce her patronage for Pants On Fire! Take a look at Michelle’s feature below. (Michelle’s sister is also featured near the end of the clip, second from left at the top row!)
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Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary) and Allen Leech (Tom Branson) — who are already a few episodes into shooting Season 4 — expressed horror at the mere suggestion of such a coupling. “Oooh, I can’t do that,” Dockery says of her character. “He’s my brother-in-law!”
Leech agrees. “While it would be great for drama, I don’t think it would be right for those two,” he says. “As much as they respect each other, they come from very different worlds.”
But the two will bond over their mutual situation as single parents. “We will be spending so much more time together, from what we’ve already seen in the early episodes,” Dockery says. “We’re delighted by that. It’s going to take them both some time before they find someone new.”
Those new people are already on their way. British actor Tom Cullen has been cast as Lord Gillingham, who will be a love interest for Mary, and Leech hints that there may be some canoodling in the nursery between Tom and Downton’s new nanny.
Forget the Oscars and the Brits – in 2013, it’s all about the 10th annual GLAMOUR Women of the Year Awards. Last year, we sipped cocktails with Kylie, gossiped with Naomi Watts, lusted after David Gandy and danced with Jake Shears. But, of course, we’re planning on topping that – and to mark a decade of celebrating brilliant, talented women, we’ve got our glitziest Awards yet lined up. And once again we’re thrilled to be teaming up with the super-stylish Pandora jewellery. Fancy joining the party? Everyone who votes will have the chance to win two tickets. Just tick your choice in each category (or nominate someone else) and follow the instructions here. So get going – and maybe we’ll see you on the red carpet!
Joanne Froggatt, Laura Carmichael were nominated as well in the “UK TV Actress” category. But, I won’t be biased…be sure to vote for Michelle and let’s have her bring home an award!
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ITV.com has officially updated their website with a new promotional image of Mary with baby George, along with some synopsis information.
Downton Abbey series four finds Lady Mary mourning her husband Matthew, who died six months earlier in a tragic car crash.
Matthew had just visited his wife and new baby George in hospital and was returning to see his family when his car overturned killing the heir to Downton.
Will Mary find happiness again in the new series of Downton Abbey which will be back on our screen in the Autumn?
Another season 4 promotional image has surfaced, this time, more of a full-length shot of Michelle as Lady Mary with her son in Downton Abbey. A new photoshoot has surfaced as well featuring some very intense close ups of Michelle through a veil.
EDIT: The photographer is Matt Humphrey, and the shoot is from back in 2010 when Michelle was playing Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion. Many thanks to In-flagrante for sending in the tip!
Many thanks to DowntOnline.
The first promotional image of Michelle reprising her role as Mary in the fourth series of Downton Abbey has surfaced online, as well as some major plot details.
“Season 4 will begin 6 months after the funeral of Matthew Crawley. It will see his young widow, Mary, struggling to come to terms with bringing up their baby son alone, as friends and family rally to lift her spirits. The season will focus on Lady Mary’s struggle as a young widow and her “difficult” relationship with her baby.”
In Teen Vogue’s 10 Best Dressed for the week of February 24th, Michelle came in at Number 7 for her look at Burberry’s fall runway show.
WHO: Michelle Dockery
WHERE: Burberry’s fall runway show in London
WHEN: February 18, 2013
Thanks to my lovely friend Sarika of Holliday Online, I have added Blu-Ray screen captures of Michelle’s role as Princess Myagkaya in Anna Karenina. Enjoy viewing in the gallery…and thanks again to Sarika!
Thanks to the amazing Nicole of DowntOnline, I have added some additional professional headshots of Michelle. Enjoy viewing in the gallery!