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Downton Season 5 Teaser

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Jun 26, 2014 11:51 AM

Season 5 of Downton Abbey arrives on WITF Sunday, January 4, 2015, 9pm, on MASTERPIECE.

Carnival Films and MASTERPIECE on PBS announced new cast members joining Season 5 of the Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning hit drama Downton Abbey.

Richard E. Grant (GirlsGosford ParkDoctor Who) is joining the cast as Simon Bricker, who visits Downton Abbey as a guest of the Granthams.

Anna Chancellor (The HourFour Weddings and a Funeral) joins in a guest role, playing Lady Anstruther, and Rade Sherbedgia (Eyes Wide Shut24) plays a Russian refugee.

Returning guest cast member Dame Harriet Walter will reprise her role as Lady Shackleton, along with Peter Egan, returning as Lord Flintshire.

MASTERPIECE Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton says, "We look forward to introducing these new characters to our MASTERPIECE audience. They will make a wonderful addition to the beloved Downton Abbeyensemble."

Downton Abbey’s Executive Producer Gareth Neame, the Managing Director of Carnival Films, says, “We are delighted to welcome these talented actors to the world of Downton. The characters they play are set to bring yet more excitement and intrigue to the show.”

The new series will feature returning stars Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Penelope Wilton, Phyllis Logan, Samantha Bond, Laura Carmichael, Lily James, Allen Leech, Brendan Coyle, Joanne Froggatt, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera, Rob James-Collier, Ed Speleers, Kevin Doyle, Raquel Cassidy, David Robb, Tom Cullen, Julian Ovenden, Daisy Lewis, Douglas Reith, Jeremy Swift and Andrew Scarborough.

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