‘Downton Abbey’ season 4 notes: Laura Carmichael, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern

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Downton AbbeyIf you have a penchant for “Downton Abbey”, then you don’t need to look any further for your ideal article. These stories cover a few topics, but namely just serve as reminders of how ridiculously busy these ladies all are at the moment, even when they are not filming the show.

Laura Carmichael – Why not start things off with Lady Edith? Thus far, seeing an appearance from Carmichael on an American talk show has been almost as rare as seeing Mr. Carson actually smile, so we were thrilled that she stopped by Los Angeles’ KTLA, otherwise known as one of the most-watched local stations in all of America.

Unless you live in Britain and/or find numerous interviews online, this is a rather wonderful opportunity for you to get to know quite a bit about Carmichael and “Downton Abbey,” and all in a few short minutes that is a good source for lighthearted banter.

Elizabeth McGovern – Unless you are a podcast freak like us and spend a good chunk of your day downloading everything from the Nerdist to NPR, it is possible that you have never heard of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Suffice it to say, it is kind of a big deal. Entertainers from all around the world flock to Scotland for nearly a month solid from various shows, and it is the sort of thing that there really should be a documentary made for every single year.

This year, we’ve learned the McGovern, otherwise known as Lady Cora and that poor character who must deal with Robert’s stubborn ways, will be performing with her band Sadie and the Hotheads.  So if you’re in Scotland around that time, you know where to be.

Maggie Smith – Finally, we turn to the Dowager, who has an intriguing film prospect lined up. The Dame will appear in the upcoming feature film “My Old Lady,” which is the directorial debut for playwright Israel Horovitz’s. The play centers on a young New Yorker who inherits an apartment in Paris from his estranged father, and quickly discovers that the man had a lengthy relationship with a woman (played by Smith). One possible subtitle for the project? “More Ways for Maggie Smith to Be Nominated for Things.”

In case you didn’t hear, Lily James is another “Downton Abbey” actress with a new film project, alongside a “Game of Thrones” star, no less! You can read about that here.

Photo: ITV

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