Move over, Maggie Smith. “Downton Abbey” now has two dames.
Penelope Wilton, who played Isobel Crawley on all six seasons of the popular British drama, was made a dame by Queen Elizabeth II on Friday. Wilton, a prolific stage actress who has also appeared in films including “Shaun of the Dead” and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” was honored for her services to drama.
Her “Downton” costar — and on-screen rival — Maggie Smith was made a dame in 1990.
Rocker Rod Stewart — known for such hits as “Do You Think I’m Sexy” and “Maggie May” — was knighted along with music executive Lucian Grainge.
“Downton” producer Gareth Neame was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, or OBE, as were popular British hosts Ant and Dec, a.k.a. Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly.
The honors were bestowed as part of the Queen’s annual Birthday Honours List.