Daisy Lewis cast in Downton Abbey Season Four. The casting of Daisy Lewis in the Downton Abbey: Season 4 answers the question of who portray Tom Branson (Allen Leech)’s new love interest. Daisy Lewis will play “the live-in governess of Tom’s daughter…She will quickly strike up a romance with the handsome Irishman, the family’s former chauffeur…Her romance with Tom will be one of the main storylines of the series. He will begin to develop feelings for her and they start a secret affair…Tom will have an even bigger role in the new series after becoming the estate manager of Downton.”
On Daisy Lewis:
Daisy Lewis is a British actress who trained with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and attended Kings College London where she studied English Literature. Daisy has acted for the BBC in ‘Doctor Who’, ‘After You’ve Gone’ and ‘Miss Austen Regrets’, and has appeared as the guest lead in ITV’s ‘Lewis’. Her first film was directed by Academy Award winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park). She has also worked extensively with leading UK theatres including twice at the Royal Court Theatre in London . Before attending university she wrote for The Sunday Telegraph and The Art Newspaper and she most recently produced the short film ‘Snap Shot’, her second film ‘The Door’ (starring Charles Dance) shoots in May 2011.
On Downton Abbey:
Downton Abbey is a British period drama television series created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece. It first aired on ITV in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2010 and on PBS in the United States on 9 January 2011 as part of the Masterpiece Classic anthology.
The series, set in the Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey, depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era — with the great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy. Such events depicted throughout the series include news of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in the first series; the outbreak of World War I, the Spanish influenza pandemic, and the Marconi scandal in the second series; and the Interwar period and the formation of the Irish Free State in the third series.
Downton Abbey has received critical acclaim from television critics and won numerous accolades, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries. It was recognised by Guinness World Records as the most critically acclaimed English-language television series of 2011. It earned the most nominations of any international television series in the history of the Primetime Emmy Awards, with twenty-seven in total (after two seasons). It was the most watched television series on both ITV and PBS, and subsequently became the most successful British costume drama series since the 1981 television serial of Brideshead Revisited. By the third series, it had become one of the most widely watched television shows in the world.
On season four of Downton Abbey:
On 23 November 2012, ITV announced that a fourth series had been commissioned and that filming would begin in February 2013. The series is set to air in the autumn of 2013 in the UK while there will be a 5 January 2014 airing in the US on PBS.
On ITV, the Downton Abbey official website has released some information about series four. Viewers will find Lady Mary Crawley mourning her husband Matthew Crawley, who died six months earlier in a car crash. Matthew had just visited his wife and new baby son George in hospital, and was returning to see his family when his car overturned, killing the heir to Downton. Viewers will find out whether Lady Mary will find happiness again in the new series of Downton Abbey.
In March 2013, it was announced that new cast members have joined series four: actor Tom Cullen as Lord Anthony Gillingham, an old Crawley family friend whose history with Lady Mary dates back to childhood; actor Nigel Harman as a visiting valet named Green; Dame Harriet Walter as Violet’s friend Lady Shackleton; Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, who will play a singing house guest; Joanna David, who will guest star as the Duchess of Yeovil; and Julian Ovenden as the aristocrat Charles Blake. Returning to the series four in the 2013 Christmas episode will be Shirley MacLaine, who will reprise her role as Cora’s mother, Martha Levinson. There will also be at least three other characters: a nanny for the children, a drunkard named Sir John Bullock, and the show’s first black character: jazz musician and singer Jack Ross. Ross, who will ignite some race-related controversy, will be portrayed by Gary Carr.
Actress Siobhan Finneran, who played lady’s maid Sarah O’Brien, will not be returning in series four. A rep for the ITV series has confirmed the departure, but said that the character would not be killed off and could return in the future.
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