Real life royalty becomes a part of the cast of Downton Abbey in Season 4. Flora Ogilvy is 45th in line to the throne and also Queen Elizabeth’s cousin, she is Princess Alexandra of Kent’s granddaughter.
Ogilvy, who is 18 will only be an extra in the series and has reportedly already filmed with luminaries Maggie Smith, who plays the Dowager Countess and Hugh Bonneville who plays Lord Gratham.
There is excitement on all sides. The royal family is said to be very pleased to know Ogilvy has landed a role in such a big production and will almost certainly be watching. We do not know if the Queen is a fan of Downton, she could be, but now there is even more chances that she will watch.
Flora Ogilvy earned the role on her own merits and is starting from the bottom. As far as it’s known she got the part due to her own talents as an actress
Downton Abbey Season 4 has added numerous new faces to the cast, many of them will be suitors to newly widowed Lady Mary, played by Michelle Dockery. Her husband, Matthew Crawley, played by Dan Stevens was killed off after the actor decided not to renew his contract for the period drama.
“Downton was already the poshest show on the box but having actual royalty pushes it onto a whole new level,” an insider says of Ogilvy’s casting.
“Tourists love that Britain has a royal family so this will only give the show even more appeal to the worldwide audience, especially in America where it has a huge army of fans,” the source said. “Flora has made a good impression during her time on set so there’s a good chance she’ll get asked back for future series.”
What do you think of having a real member of the Royal Family join Downton Abbey for Season 4?