‘Downton Abbey’ New Promotional Photo For Season 4

Patricia Didelot - Author

Aug. 14 2013, Updated 6:22 p.m. ET

With the Downton Abbey press launch news and all the other buzz surrounding the new season, you might have missed the new promotional poster for Season 4.

The poster will become very well known in print news as well as online media in the next few months as the period drama’s newest season premieres in the UK in September (that’s next month) and in the US in January (that sucks).

The poster show a somewhat diminished cast for the upstairs. Missing are one of the main characters of seasons past, Matthew Crawley, played by Dan Stevens, who decided not to extend his contract and pursue greener pastures in the United States.

Also absent this coming season is Jessica Brown Findlay, who similarly, left the show to look for other opportunities.

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It is not uncommon for actors, to leave a miniseries production after three years, many get restless and don’t want to be identified with one particular character.

In any case, the new Downton Abbey poster made its debut and it shows the Grathams, headed by Robert (Hugh Bonneville), Lady Gratham (Elziabeth McGovern), the Dowager Countess (Dame Maggie Smith), the newly widow Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery), her sister Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael), Tom Branson (Allen Leech) and Mrs. Crawley, Matthew’s mother (Penelope Wilton).

The downstairs cast headed by the butler Mr. Carson (Jim Carter), Phyllis Logan (Mrs. Hughes), Lesly Nicol (Mrs. Patmore), Mr. Bates (Brandon Coyle), Anna (Joanne Froggatt), Thomas (Rob James-Collier), Daisy (Sophie McShera), William (Thomas Howes), and the scheming O’Brien (Siobhan Finneran).

The challenge for Julian Fellowes this season is to convince the viewers that the series can become interesting without Matthew Crawley.

Lady Mary will be at the center of the plot as she attempts to move on without her husband. We can expect her sister, Edith, to pose some threats when it comes to the suitors that will be descending on Downton Abbey to try to woo her.


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