11. Although Woman Edith Crawley would go on to develop into her breakout position, Laura Carmichael virtually did not attend her audition for the sequence.
As a result of she was starring in a touring manufacturing of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Evening, Carmichael admitted to Tribune Information Service, “I assumed it was going to be a ‘Sure, milord,’ a half-day’s filming, one line perhaps. However it might be good to have in your CV that you just’d achieved telly. And I assumed, ‘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 Vainness Truthful, Queen Elizabeth II was an enormous fan of the present and would fact-check it for enjoyable. “She loves to select the errors,” At Dwelling with the Queen writer Brian Hoey claimed to Folks. Prince William additionally admitted to watching the sequence, in accordance with star Allan Leech.
“I shook his hand and he really stated, ‘I am a giant fan of the present, solely now that my spouse’s had a child,'” he recalled on Watch What Occurs Dwell 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!'”