New cast announced for Downton Abbey
Several new cast members for the second series of Downton Abbey have been revealed by ITV and producers Carnival Films. Amongst the new cast for the second series of the Edwardian drama will be The Tudors actress Maria Doyle Kennedy and former Emmerdale actress Amy Nuttall.
Carnival Films and ITV today announced that Zoe Boyle (Sons of Anarchy), Cal Macaninch (Wild At Heart), Iain Glen (Spooks), Amy Nuttall (Hotel Babylon) and Maria Doyle Kennedy (The Tudors) will join all the key cast of Downton Abbey when they begin filming series two this spring. Zoe Boyle will play new character Miss Lavinia Swire, Iain Glen joins as Sir Richard Carlisle, Maria Doyle Kennedy as Vera Bates (wife of John Bates), Amy Nuttall as new Housemaid Ethel and Cal Macaninch joins as Lang, a new Valet.
As well as filming an eight-part second series, Downton Abbey will return for Christmas 2011 and continue where series two ends. Downton Abbey premiered on ITV1 on 26th September 2010 with an aggregate audience of 11.8million and finished on 7th November with an aggregate audience of 12.8 million (ITV1+HD+Repeat+ITV Player) making episode seven the biggest audience for an episode of a new drama series on any channel since 2003.
Furthermore, Downton Abbey opened the ‘Classic’ season on Masterpiece in the U.S. (9th January) to great critical acclaim, doubling the channel’s season average audience, making it the highest rated show Masterpiece has transmitted in recent years. Downton Abbey, written by Julian Fellowes, is a Carnival/Masterpiece co-production and executive produced by Carnival Films’ Managing Director, Gareth Neame and Rebecca Eaton, WGBH and Julian Fellowes. The series producer is Liz Trubridge.