11. Although Woman Edith Crawley would go on to grow to be her breakout position, Laura Carmichael nearly did not attend her audition for the sequence.
As a result of she was starring in a touring manufacturing of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night time, Carmichael admitted to Tribune News Service, “I believed it was going to be a ‘Sure, milord,’ a half-day’s filming, one line possibly. However it could be good to have in your CV that you just’d carried out telly. And I believed, ‘I’ll have to show down this dream Shakespeare for this TV job. What a catastrophe!'”
12. In 2012, Gillian Anderson revealed she turned down the a part of Cora Crawley, with Elizabeth McGovern finally taking part in Downton’s American heiress-turned-Countess of Grantham.
13. Per Vanity Fair, Queen Elizabeth II was an enormous fan of the present and would fact-check it for enjoyable. “She loves to select the errors,” At House with the Queen writer Brian Hoey claimed to Folks. Prince William additionally admitted to watching the sequence, in keeping with star Allan Leech.
“I shook his hand and he truly mentioned, ‘I am an enormous fan of the present, solely now that my spouse’s had a child,'” he recalled on Watch What Occurs Reside in 2013. “Clearly he is bought a whole lot of down time, so [Kate]’s bought him watching this. ‘You are going to watch it with me!'”