‘Downton Abbey’ Enlists ‘Girls,’ ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Actors for Season 5

'Downton Abbey' Enlists 'Girls,' 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' Actors for Season 5

A Russian refugee drops in on the Granthams

“Downton Abbey” has enlisted “Girls” and “Gosford Park” actor Richard E. Grant to play a guest of the Granthams in Season 5. The characters filling out the household next season will also include a Russian refugee, PBS’ “Masterpiece” announced.

Grant, who also appeared in “Doctor Who,” will play Simon Bricker. Anna Chancellor (“The Hour,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral”) joins in a guest role, playing Lady Anstruther, and Rade Sherbedgia (“Eyes Wide Shut,” “24”) will plays the Russian visitor.

Also read: Ratings: ‘Downton Abbey’ Second Only to ‘Super Bowl’

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

“We look forward to introducing these new characters to our ‘Masterpiece’ audience,” said “Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton. “They will make a wonderful addition to the beloved ‘Downton Abbey’ ensemble.”

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The fourth season of “Downton,” which concludes on PBS on Feb. 23, hit a new record high in the U.S. with its premiere, averaging 15 million viewers, an increase of 39 percent from the Season 3 premiere. The show's third season made it the highest-rated drama in PBS’ history, reached more than 24 million viewers. The Carnival/Masterpiece co-production is executive produced by Gareth Neame, Julian Fellowes and Liz Trubridge.

  • SteveWiseman

    Does Downtown Abbey make sense, is it realistic, historically accurate, does it teach us anything of importance about the world of yesterday, to day and tomorrow? Not much. Do we really care if it does? No. Why not? Who cares? Not me. All I know is that Downton Abbey s extremely well acted, gorgeous to look at, and fun to watch and even more fun try to figure out the mind of Julian Fellows…and, yes, the show does have message about us….most of us are romantic fools. And that is good. This tired, sick world can always use more romance…realistic or not.