The 'Downton Abbey' Cast: What Are They Up To Now?

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It’s been a few months since we sadly had to say farewell to period drama Downton Abbey and the many popular stars that comprised its cast. Knowing that come this January, we won’t see the familiar faces of Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville or Maggie Smith on our screens every Sunday night still feels pretty surreal, and to be honest, is something we are all probably trying to avoid thinking about as much as possible.

But, even though Downton is gone (SNIFF), it doesn’t mean that we’ve said goodbye to all the great actors who played the Crawley clan forever. Many of the show’s stars have brand new projects in the works (many of which look markedly different from their respective roles when they were at Highclere). 

So let’s see what they’ve been up to, shall we? 

Michael Gambon Stars in ‘Churchill’s Secret,” Coming to Masterpiece This September

Michael Gambon as Winston Churchill. (Photo: Courtesy of Robert Viglasky/Daybreak Pictures and MASTERPIECE)

A feature length drama on the later years in the life of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill is coming to Masterpiece this Fall, and its subject matter is probably not what you’d expect.

Churchill’s Secret is set to air on PBS on September 19, and the drama tells the story of a little known part of Churchill’s life. Based on the book The Churchill Secret: KBO by Jonathan Smith, the film is set in the summer of 1953, when Churchill – now Prime Minister for a second time and in his 70s – suffers a life-threatening stroke, a fact which is kept from the public at large.

‘The Hollow Crown: Wars of the Roses’ to Air on PBS' Great Performances This December

Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III in "The Hollow Crown: Wars of the Roses". (Photo: BBC)

Fans of the star-studded Shakespeare adaptation The Hollow Crown will be pleased to know that the sequel series The Hollow Crown: Wars of the Roses has an American airdate at last! The films will premiere as part of the new season of PBS' Great Performances and will air on three consecutive Sunday nights from December 11 -25th.

[Insert multiple screaming face emojis here.]

‘The White Princess’ Full Cast Includes Essie Davis, Joanne Whalley and More

Jody Comer, Jacob Collins-Levy and "White Princess" Producer Emma Frost Photo: Starz)

Production has officially begun on The White Princess, the Starz Network sequel to popular Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated miniseries The White Queen. After nearly three years of rumors, waffling and vague executive statements the highly anticipated sequel series has finally set its full cast, and filming is under way. Yes, really. It’s actually happening.  

The eight-episode drama will adapt author Phillippa Gregory’s best-selling novel of the same name, which is part of her Cousins’ War series depicting England’s Wars of the Roses from the perspective of the women involved.

Fans of ‘The Hollow Crown’ May See a Similar Adaptation of Shakespeare’s Roman Plays

Tom Hiddleston as King Henry V in "The Hollow Crown" (Photo: Nick Briggs)

Love The Hollow Crown? Well, you’re in luck, because it looks as though our run of sumptuous televised versions of Shakespeare’s histories may not be over just yet.

The original Hollow Crown series adapted four of the Bard’s history plays into a single chronological narrative (Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2 and Henry V).  The sequel series focused on the next four, though they were condensed in to three films (the three parts of Henry VI, along with Richard III). But, sadly, we’ve run out of Shakespeare’s English history plays to adapt, which is something of a blow for everyone, because the Hollow Crown installments have been all around wonderful, featuring some of the British actors working today – Tom Hiddleston, Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons, and Benedict Cumberbatch, for a few example – and making some of Shakespeare’s lesser known works accessible to a whole new audience. Well, never fear – there’s still hope. While we may have finished with Shakespeare’s English history plays – remember, he still has more!

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