11. Although Woman Edith Crawley would go on to grow to be her breakout function, 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 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 will be good to have in your CV that you simply’d performed telly. And I believed, ‘I will 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 enjoying 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 Dwelling with the Queen writer Brian Hoey claimed to Individuals. Prince William additionally admitted to watching the sequence, in line 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 lots of down time, so [Kate]’s bought him watching this. ‘You are going to watch it with me!'”