Life After Downton

Get a Look at Julian Fellowes’ New Post ‘Downton’ Drama ‘Doctor Thorne’

Everyone in "Doctor Thorne" DOES look quite posh... (Photo: ITV)

Even though fans here in the U.S. are still deep in the start of our mourning period for Downton Abbey, which just wrapped up its six year run on Masterpiece, creator Julian Fellowes’ next project is already here.

His first post-Downton project is (no surprise) also a splashy period piece called Doctor Thorne. The three-part drama, adapted from the Anthony Trollope novel of the same name, kicked off on ITV in the UK this past weekend, and looks like a lot of fun. The ensemble cast is full of familiar faces, including Rev’s Tom Hollander, Deadwood’s Ian McShane, Community’s Allison Brie and more. 

Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley in "Downton Abbey". His superhero outfit will probably look way different. (Photo: ITV)

‘Downton Abbey’s’ Dan Stevens to Star in FX’s Marvel Series ‘Legion’

Good news Downton Abbey fans – Dan Stevens is about to be back on our television screens! 

Stevens is set to star in Legion, the new X-Men universe pilot coming to FX from Fargo creator Noah Hawley. He’ll be playing David Haller, otherwise known as Legion. In the Marvel comics universe, he is the son of X-Men founder Charles Xavier, and has struggled with mental illness for most of his life. Diagnosed with schizophrenia and constantly in and out of mental hospitals, David is about to give up trying to find his way back to sanity when he meets the girl of his dreams, who happens to be a fellow patient. This encounter causes him to question whether the voices he hears and the visions he sees are real. 

Joanne Froggatt as Mary Cotton in "Dark Angel" (Photo: Courtesy of ©JustinSleePhotography2015/MASTERPIECE)

Joanne Froggatt’s ‘Dark Angel’ to Air on Masterpiece in 2016

Joanne Froggatt’s next project after Downton Abbey is kind of…against type. Best known for playing the beloved, long-suffering Anna Bates, Froggat will next take on the role of infamous Victorian poisoner Mary Cotton in an upcoming two-part drama entitled Dark Angel.

The series will be aired on ITV in the UK, and will come to America shortly thereafter on PBS stations nationwide as part of PBS’s 2016 Masterpiece slate.

Michelle Dockery to Star in ‘Good Behavior’ Pilot for TNT

As the clock ticks down to the (sniff!) end of megahit costume drama Downton Abbey, fans can take some comfort in watching the stars of the show line up their next projects in a post-Crawley family world. Sure, it’s not the same as the show continuing – though let’s all keep the dream of a prequel series alive in our hearts okay?! – but it’s in many ways comforting to know that we’ll still get to see our favorite Downton-ian actors starring in new things in the coming months.

Joanne Froggatt was the first to announce her post-Downton plans – she’ll be playing well against type as a Victorian serial killer in a drama for UK network ITV – and now Michelle Dockery has signed on to star in a new pilot for TNT called Good Behavior, a project which also seems a pretty big change from her role as heroine Mary Crawley.

‘Downton Abbey’s’ Joanne Froggatt Signs on to Play a Victorian Serial Killer

One of the most interesting things about Downton Abbey drawing to a close is seeing what sorts of projects its many fantastic actors are signing up to do next after the doors of Highclere close forever. (Or at least until a prequel or sequel series gets greenlit; let’s all keep that dream alive.)

First out of the gate appears to be star Joanne Frogatt, who plays everyone’s favorite long suffering house-turned-ladies maid Anna Bates. Anna has certainly dealth with more than her fair share of tragedy over the course of Downton’s run – enduring a brutal rape, suffering through her husband’s lengthy trial for murder and eventually ending up arrested herself at the end of last season before having her name cleared. So, after playing such a long-suffering character, it’s no surprise that Frogatt seems to have gone in a completely different direction for her first post-Downton gig.

She’ll be starring in a two-part drama for ITV called Dark Angel, which aims to tell the story of Victorian poisoner Mary Cotton, who used adultery, bigamy, fraud and murder to “better” herself socially and financially before being convicted and hanged for her crimes in 1873.

Get Your First Look at ‘Downton Abbey’s’ Dan Stevens in ‘Night at the Museum 3’

Here’s the deal: We’re all never going to get over Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey. It’s just not happening. We’re going to miss Dan Stevens around the Highclere Castle grounds forever, no matter how much we end up enjoying Lord Tony or Evelyn Napier whoever else shows up next season. So, it’s totally okay that we’re all obsessively tracking his post-Downton career with a zeal we don’t even dedicate to keeping apprised of the lives of actual family members. It’s fine.

Luckily, Stevens has been doing his best to keep busy since departing the 1920s. He’s made several movies over the past year and a half, playing everything from a swoony romantic lead (again), to a troubled drug dealer (yikes) to what appears to be a complete psychopath (oh dear). Happily, his role in franchise sequel Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb looks though it’s going to be a bit more as familiar.

Steven joins the third installment of the family-friendly franchise, starring Ben Stiller and Robin Williams, that follows the story of a nighttime security guard who discovers that all the exhibits in the museum come to life after the building shuts down, with the help of a magical Egyptian tablet. (It’s cute, just go with it.) Secret of the Tomb finds our heroes headed to London to solve a mystery at the British Museum and meeting a bunch of new museum figures who are secretly alive.

Stevens plays Lancelot – yes that Lancelot – and as you can see from the trailer below, looks rather perfect for the part, even if he is sporting some rather deplorable facial hair.

Matthew Crawley No More: Dan Stevens Gets Creepy in Trailer for 'The Guest'

It’s probably not incorrect to say that as much as we all love Downton Abbey – and we really, really do obviously – we all still feel a little sting in our hearts when we think about how much we miss Matthew Crawley and his (rather dreamy) portrayer Dan Stevens. Just face it: We’re never going to be over it.

Luckily, Stevens has kept himself pretty busy since leaving the Highclere Castle crew: starring on Broadway and landing big time movie roles opposite Liam Neeson (A Walk Among the Tombstones), Ben Stiller (Night at the Museum 3) and Benedict Cumberbatch (The Fifth Estate). He’s now prepping the release of yet another film – in which he plays what is possibly his most un-Matthewlike role yet.

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!

‘Downton Abbey’s’ Dan Stevens to Play Lancelot for ‘Night at the Museum 3’

Life goes on, even once you leave Highclere Castle it would seem. Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens has kept pretty busy since departing the megahit costume drama – with roles in Wikileaks biopic The Fifth Estate, romantic drama Summer in February and crime drama A Walk Among the Tombstones, as well as some voicework on sci-fi CW series The Tomorrow People.

Now Stevens looks set to join the third installment of the family-friendly Night at the Museum series with Ben Stiller and Robin Williams, which basically follows the story of a night guard (Stiller) who discovers that all the exhibits in museums come to life after the buildings shut down. We know that security guard Larry will be headed to London for this go-round, so get your guesses as to the film’s location in early. My money’s on the Museum of Natural History, simply because the space is so gorgeous, but, on the other hand, you kind of can’t beat the British Museum in terms of sheer volume of neat things that could come to life.

Read on for more.

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