Shirley MacLaine added to Downton Abbey

Oscar-winning actress Shirley MacLaine is set to star in the British television series “Downton Abbey,” broadcaster ITV announced.  The series is a USA/UK hit series, airing on PBS for American audiences.

The 77-year-old actress is cast as Martha Levinson, Lady Grantham’s (Elizabeth McGovern) mother.

Observers and fans of the series are looking forward to epic dowager dust-ups as the Countess (two-time Oscar winner Maggie Smith) will most certainly have issues with the new American visitor.

Filming of the third series begins in February.

“Downton Abbey” is written by Oscar-winning scriptwriter Julian Fellowes, and is the story of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants at a massive country estate during the World War 1 years.


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