Tag Archives: Downton Abbey

Role Call: Lady and Her Fans


It's that time of the week again! Want to find out which one of your favorite "Harry Potter" alum are in the upcoming animated film "Trolls"? Feel like living in a van with Dame Maggie Smith? We've got it all here in this week's Role Call! Read More »

Maggie Smith Proves Once Again That She Is a Rock Star

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On March 31, a private event was held at the National Liberal Club, honoring the winners of the 2015 Critic's Circle Award. Among the worthy candidates was Dame Maggie Smith who was being presented the Critics' Circle Award for Services to the Arts. Join us as we congratulate Maggie Smith and count down her top five best performances. Read More »

“Harry Potter” Who Said It: Minerva McGonagall or the Dowager Countess

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It's time to test your "Harry Potter" and "Downton Abbey" knowledge. How well do you know Minerva McGonagall and Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham? Read More »

McGonagall and Musicals: Dame Maggie Smith Reflects on her Career


In promoting her new film, Dame Maggie Smith reflects on her time on stage and screen, and her character of the Dowager Countess may be rubbing off on her in real life! Read More »

Sorting “Downton Abbey” Characters into Hogwarts Houses

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Where would the beloved "Downton" characters be Sorted if they attended Hogwarts? Read More »

Dame Maggie Smith on Posing for “Wretched Cellphone Things”

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Dame Maggie Smith has just finished her run in "Downton Abbey" as the formidable Dowager Countess of Grantham, and the final season is about to begin airing in the US. In a new interview with NPR, Smith reflects on the lines she had in "Downton Abbey", being recognized across the world for her role as the Dowager, and growing as a character actor. Read More »

Role Call: Making Music and Singing Praises

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It's a short Role Call this week as we find a few "Potter" cast and crew members receiving high praise all over London, find out when the music for "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" will be composed, get our first look at Voldemort's latest role, and check in on exactly what James Potter is up to these days. Take a look at the latest projects our cast have taken on and when you can expect to see them! Read More »

Role Call: Forceful Awakenings

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In this week's Casting News, Clémence Poésy gives us a glimpse of her new film, Michael Gambon becomes the voice of a TV ad campaign, and we take a look at how several stars are celebrating the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". All that and more in this week's Role Call! Read More »

Eddie Redmayne, Maggie Smith Nominated for SAG Awards

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It's that time of year - awards season has well and truly begun. Read More »

Role Call: Christmas Cheers

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In this week's Casting News, we gear up for the holiday season with several Christmas-themed projects. The trailer for the final episode of "Downton Abbey" was released, along with the first look at "Eye in the Sky", which features Alan Rickman. Join us as we take a look at what your favorite cast members are up to this December! Read More »

Dame Maggie Smith Still a Victim of Stage Fright: “Now it’s just terror”


Dame Maggie Smith is still a victim of stage fright, making her difficult to work with on the big screen. Although this is true, she still does her best and has taken a role of Mary Shepherd in "The Lady in the Van". Read More »

Harry Potter – The Boy Who Lived Downstairs

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"Downton Abbey" is well known for its comments on the class system and the divide between the upstairs (upper class) and downstairs (lower class). How would the "Harry Potter" characters fair in the Edwardian world? Will your favorite characters live upstairs or downstairs? Read More »

“Downton Abbey” Meets… “Star Wars”?


"Downton Abbey", the British period TV drama staring Dame Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess, isn't something you might associate with science fiction film series "Star Wars". But stranger things have happened - and of course, for charity, anything can happen. Read More »

Role Call: The Journey Into Fall – Part 1

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There have been a ton of new roles and project updates over the last few weeks and we just don't have enough room to talk about them all! For the first time, we're going to split up our Role Call, a la "Deathly Hallows". Check out Part 1 of this week's Casting News as we follow our favorite "Harry Potter" cast members in their latest roles! Read More »

Role Call: Summer Isn’t Over Yet!

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The return to Hogwarts is nearly here! Before you pack your trunk or start studying for Charms class, why not make the most of your time by checking out what the "Potter" cast and crew are up to? We've got zombies, a sea witch, and an Irish love triangle to keep you occupied, so keep reading! Read More »

Role Call: Will Minerva Sing for Downton?

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In this week's Role Call, we get our first look at Nat Tena's "10,000 km", congratulate a cast member whose television series has just hit a milestone, and take a look at those "Downton Abbey" musical rumors! All that and more in Casting News! Read More »

Role Call: It’s our party and we’ll sing if we want to!

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Do you have a headache from taking your O.W.L.'s? Why not grab some pumpkin juice and take a break with us as we discover the next roles and projects the "Harry Potter" cast will be involved with? In this edition, Nymphadora sings, Lucius is up to his old tricks, and Tom Riddle actually runs from inferi rather than controlling them! All that and more in this week's Role Call! Read More »

Role Call: Aliens, tyrants, and singing squires at the ready!

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We're all over the entertainment map in today's Role Call - we've got aliens, British aristocrats, zombie apocalypse survivors, saucy ladies, and singing squires to tell you about! Take a peek at the latest characters and projects our Harry Potter alumnus will be tackling soon! Read More »

Role Call: “High Society” and the Dowager Countess reign!

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This week, our worst fears regarding the end of "Downton Abbey" might be soothed by some news from the series creator, we get our first look at the "Pixels" trailer, and see what projects our favorite cast and crew members have signed up for! Take a look! Read More »

Imelda Staunton nominated for an Olivier Award


Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge) has been nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actress for her performance in David Lindsay-Abaire's "Good People". The David Hare play "Skylight", which stars Bill Nighy and is set to open on Broadway later this week, also picked up a nomination for Best Revival. Find out more here. Read More »