First Look: ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 4 Releases Its First Promo Image

Plus Shirley MacLaine & 6 New Actors will Join the Season 4 Cast

Holy Shizz, y’all. We may have gotten a lot of GREAT Downton Abbey stuff to gawk at yesterday but today … dude, there is so much more. ITV has released the first official promo photo from the upcoming 4th season of Downton Abbey which features Lady Mary Crawley and a new castmember … who can it be? Click below to find out. Additionally, we learn today that the fabulous Shirley MacLaine will reprise her Downton role in season 4 and will be joined by SIX new castmembers! AHHH! If you’ve yet to see the season finale of Downton Abbey season 3 you might want to skip the info below but … DUDE, GET WITH THE PROGRAM, CATCH UP AND CLICK BELOW!

It’s MAMA Lady Mary and her BABY!

Downton Abbey series four finds Lady Mary mourning her husband Matthew, who died six months earlier in a tragic car crash. Matthew had just visited his wife and new baby George in hospital and was returning to see his family when his car overturned killing the heir to Downton. Will Mary find happiness again in the new series of Downton Abbey which will be back on our screen in the Autumn?

Um, will Lady Mary find happiness again? Er, YEAH she will if she hooks up with THIS dude who is joining the show in the upcoming 4th season :D Oh and you wanna know who else is coming to Downton? Shirley MF MacLaine, and she’s bringing a posse:

Shirley MacLaine will be returning to Downton Abbey next season as Martha Levinson and six new cast members will be joining the show as well, Carnival Films and Masterpiece on PBS announced this morning. Opera star Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is joining the cast as a guest who sings in the house, as confirmed last night among three other new cast members including Tom Cullen who will play Lord Gillingham, an old family friend of the Crawleys who visits as a guest for a house party. Plus Dame Harriet Walter arrives as Lady Shackleton, an old friend of the Dowager played by Maggie Smith and Julien Ovendon comes aboard as aristocrat Charles Blake. Additions revealed in this morning’s announcement were Nigel Harman who joins the household as Green, a valet, and Joanne David who has a guest role as the Duchess of Yeovil.

A new Lord, a new Lady, a new valet AND a duchess?! PARTY TIME! I love that the Dowager Countess is getting a BFF to roll with this season … I’m guessing her new gal pal will be as dour and fabulous as the Dowager herself. We may be losing some beloved characters this new season but it sounds like we’ll be getting a new batch of fun folks to love in their place. I cannot WAIT!!!

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  1. Oh my gosh, thank you for this! Too excited!!

  2. Spoiler alert!! (and if you’ve already posted this – my bad) but have you heard the news about Mrs. O’Brien and the 4th season! Google it!!

  3. @Trent – Totally bummed. I was also shocked to see how gorgeous she was without the homely maid get-up.

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