Fans of Downton, prepare to rejoice, as we have exciting casting news for your very eyes.
Yes, a number of new cast members will be setting foot in Downton Abbey and joining our already stellar line-up of existing cast on set for series five.
Rather excitingly, acting stalwart Richard E. Grant is joining the show as Simon Bricker who visits Downton as a guest of the Granthams.
Anna Chancellor (most widely known for her roles in The Hour and Four Weddings and a Funeral) also joins in a guest role, playing Lady Anstruther. The BAFTA nominated actress comes fresh from her recent success in the West End, where she starred in Noel Coward's Private Lives.
We are delighted to welcome these talented actors to the world of Downton. The characters they play are set to bring yet more excitement and intrigue to the show
Internationally acclaimed actor Rade Sherbedgia will play a Russian refugee who has fled the Russian Revolution after the First World War, whilst Dame Harriet Walter will reprise her role as Lady Shackleton. Peter Egan will also return to Downton as Lord Flintshire.
We think it's fair to say that this is all very exciting news. Now quick, roll on series five!
Ladies and Gentlemen, we're delighted to announce that Downton Abbey will be back for a phenomenal fifth series.
Audience figures for the fourth series have hit an average 11.8 million viewers – making it the highest rated drama on television in 2013.
Once again Julian Fellowes will be putting pen to paper as writer of the new series and will continue Executive Producing duties with Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge.
We promise all the usual highs and lows, romance, drama and comedy played out by some of the most iconic characters on television.
All the actors and makers of the show continue to be humbled by the extraordinary audience response and want to take the show from strength to strength next year.
The family and servants travel up to London for the summer season.
The Crawley's impressive London residence, Grantham House, is seen for the first time.
Martha Levinson and Cora's brother Harold make an appearance.
And Carson treats the staff to a special day out.
Watch the trailer here and view the episode photos below.
Downton Abbey has been nominated for Best Drama at the National Television Awards.
But that's not all, the phenomenal Maggie Smith is also up for Best Drama Performance.
Voting has now closed - thank you.
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