Jessica Brown Findlay

'Downton Abbey' Cast Members Reunite for ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’

Downton Abbey’s Lily James stars as Juliet Ashton in ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’. (Photo courtesy of Studiocanal ©2017)

While fans of Downton Abbey patiently await updates from creator/writer Julian Fellowes on his plans for a theatrical movie of the mega-hit Masterpiece historical drama, a new movie featuring four of its cast members has been filming in England and The Channel Islands. 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, adapted from the international best-selling novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, is somewhat of a mini-reunion for Downton cast members. The World War II period drama will star Lily James as free-spirited journalist Juliet Ashton and feature Jessica Brown Findlay as Elizabeth McKenna, Matthew Goode as Sidney Stark, and Penelope Wilton as Amelia Maugery.

Watch: ‘Downton Abbey’s’ Jessica Brown Findlay in Trailer for ‘Jamaica Inn’

Former Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay, while very much missed by all who love the Crawley clan, has really been doing rather well for herself since she took her leave from the gang at Highclere Castle.

After all, she’s starred in a movie with Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe, made a time-twisting medieval period piece based on a popular novel, and just recently finished filming with Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe. And now she’s got a brand new BBC drama headed our way.

The CW Set to Air ‘Labyrinth’ with ‘Downton Abbey’ Star Jessica Brown Findlay

If you’ve been missing Lady Sybil on megahit costume drama Downton Abbey, you’ll be glad to know that you’ll at least be able to see her portrayer on your television screens again very soon.

The period fantasy series Labyrinth, which aired on the UK network Channel 4 last Spring, is finally making its way Stateside. Teen-focused network the CW announced at this week’s Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour that they have picked up the drama as an “event” series for 2014.

Downton’s Jessica Brown Findlay stars, headlining a cast list that’s stuffed full of recognizable British talent, including Great Expectations’ Vanessa Kirby, Merlin’s Katie McGrath, Doctor Who’s John Hurt, Harry Potter’s Tom Felton and Once Upon a Time’s Sebastian Stan.

Read on for more details!

WATCH: The Magical Trailer for ‘Winter’s Tale’ with Colin Farrell and “Downton Abbey’s’ Jessica Brown Findlay

We’re getting ready for our first full season of Downton Abbey without Jessica Brown Findlay’s Lady Sybil, but you can still see her at your local multiplex this Spring. Findlay’s first big Hollywood role will be in an adaptation of Winter’s Tale, alongside such recognizable Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly

This film is based on the novel by Mark Helperin, not the Shakespeare play with a similar title, before anybody gets their hopes up about Findlay playing Hermione or anybody exiting pursued by a bear. (Seriously, Hollywood, someone make that movie.)

Anyway, the story goes like this: A thief named Peter (Farrell) breaks into a wealthy man’s home, sparking a relationship with his terminally ill daughter, Beverley (Findlay). There are some unclear complications, which appear to involve Crowe as some kind of evil Irish gangster who may actually be a demon or something. Luckily, Peter and Beverley’s love is epic enough to also involve time travel and possible reincarnation, as Peter finds himself in modern day New York, looking at mimeograph photos of Beverley with Jennifer Connelly to help him remember his past. What happens after that? Why is Peter there? What happened to Beverley? Who knows.

But this trailer sure does make you want to figure out what’s happening.

'Downton Abbey' Star' Jessica Brown Findlay Joins Daniel Radcliffe in ‘Frankenstein’

Life after Downton Abbey continues picking up speed for star Jessica Brown Findlay. The former Lady Sybil has recently signed on to star in 20th Century Fox’s upcoming film adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Fox’s version of the Frankenstein story – and there are several in development around Hollywood at the moment, because apparently Frankenstein fever is a thing now – will tell the tale through the eyes of the doctor’s assistant, Igor. (Who is, of course, not in Shelley’s novel at all, but we’ll let that slide because the premise is interesting, in a Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead kind of way.)

X-Men: First Class’ James McAvoy is set to play Victor Frankenstein, while Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe – who continues to do everything he can to take roles that are not like Harry Potter – will play Igor. Reports have Findlay playing a character called Lorelai, a circus performer who becomes close with Igor.

Oh, and Sherlock’s Paul McGuigan will be directing the film, so you know the movie will at the very least look incredible. Want more details on Findlay's post-Downton plans? Read on.

 

Life After Downton: Jessica Brown Findlay in Labyrinth

Though people may leave Downton Abbey, they never really leave Downton Abbey, if you know what I mean. Meaning that, even though we may not see certain actors around the estate anymore, it doesn’t mean that we stop caring about what they are up to these days and where we can see them in future.

Jessica Brown Findlay, otherwise known as Downton’s Lady Sybil, has a brand new project coming to UK TV in the not-too-distant future. She’ll be starring in a television adaptation of Kate Mosse’s global best-selling novel Labyrinth for UK network Channel 4, alongside John Hurt, Merlin’s Katie McGrath, Great Expectations’ Vanessa Kirby and Harry Potter star Tom Felton (who is sporting some…interesting hair).

A two-part fantasy series, Labyrinth interweaves the stories of two women born centuries apart. Present day archaeologist Alice discoverers two shattered skeletons and a labyrinth-engraved ring in a cave, while 800 years ago in medieval France, a young herbalist named Alais is entrusted with hiding the secrets contained within three sacred books. All of these things do connect eventually.

Watch the trailer for Labyrinth below.