Carnival Films and ITV today announced a number of new cast members joining Series 5 of the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning hit drama Downton Abbey_.
Richard E. Grant is joining the show, which is filmed at Highclere Castle on the Hampshire/Berkshire border.
He's joining the cast as Simon Bricker who visits Downton Abbey as a guest of the Granthams.
Anna Chancellor joins as a guest role, playing Lady Anstruther. The BAFTA nominated actress comes from her recent success in the West End in Private Lives._
Internationally acclaimed actor Rade Sherbedgia will play a Russian refugee, who has fled the Russian revolution after the First World War.
Returning guest cast member Dame Harriet Walter will reprise her role as Lady Shackleton, along with Peter Egan, returning as Lord Flintshire.
Hollywood star Shirley MacLaine says her appearance on ITV's Downton Abbey has had an extraordinary effect on how she's recognised on the street.
"My whole identity is now Downton Abbey" she says "All that I have done - How many films? All my books? I am no longer a New Age, giddy dingbat. I am now the one on Downton Abbey".
The series is filmed at Highclere Castle, on the Berkshire and Hampshire border, and is the home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. Indeed, it's one of England's most beautiful Victorian castles.
During a visit to Yalding in Kent, which was affected by flooding, the Prime Minister said: "There are a lot of things that need to be fixed.
"We need the insurance companies to get round so the loss adjusters can help householders, we need the council to get round with skips so people can get their carpets, their furniture removed, we need to get the power back on and then we need to learn the lessons.
"We are seeing these events take place more often. The Government is spending more on flood defences over the next four years than over the last four years.
"There are a lot of flood defences being built. Something like 80,000 houses were protected this time but we've got to do more and so we need to work with the Environment Agency and see what more we can do to learn any lessons from this flood and other floods.
"But right now the priority is help people recover from the terrible shock of this happening to them on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day."
Greenpeace have told Political Correspondent Libby Wiener that the four British activists and one UK journalist allowed to leave Russia after being held over the protest in the Arctic have arrived in Paris.
Sue Turner, mother of freed Greenpeace activist Iain Rogers, says "delighted" he's back in the west
Video. She went to school in Southampton, college in Winchester and then the Bristol Old Vic theatre school. Now Laura Carmichael has been propelled to fame as Lady Edith in the hit series of Downton Abbey, which is back on our screens on Sunday.
Poor Lady Edith was jilted at the altar and was always in the shadow of her older sister Lady Mary. But in series 4, she is developing as a thoroughly modern woman in the 1920's. Divya Kohli went to meet her.
She is an English Rose, but has been wilting and losing her colour after a terrible tragedy. We are talking about Lady Mary in Downton Abbey played by Michelle Dockery.
The actress, who won the Gold Medal for Drama at the world-renowned Guildhall School of Music, has now been nominated for an Emmy. She told Divya Kohli how she is having to develop her character as the storyline leaves her mourning her dead husband, while wooed by new suitors.
Video. We all love a villain, well a fictional villain anyway. The bad boy of Downton Abbey is back with a vengeance in the new series of the hit ITV drama Downton Abbey, which starts on Sunday.
Rob James-Collier plays the devious under butler who revealed a gentler, vulnerable side in the last series. But he told Divya Kohli how there will be no more Mister Nice Guy in Series 4!
Video. The new series of Downton Abbey is back this weekend. Stars from all over the country have been working on creating a little piece of Yorkshire in the Hampshire Berkshire countryside. The series is set in Yorkshire Dales but filmed at Highclere Castle in Hampshire.
In the last series, as main characters were killed off, new actors came. Cara Theoblad plays kitchen maid Ivy Stuart and Ed Speleers from Chichester in Sussex is a footman. Divya Kohli went to meet them.
Video. Summer might be drawing to a close but love is in the air at Downton Abbey. The new series of the hit drama starts on ITV on Sunday 22nd September. It follows the lives of the Crawley family in the glorious setting of Highclere Castle on the Hampshire Berkshire border.
Divya Kohli caught up with the actor Jim Carter, who was once a student at Sussex University, to hear all about his characters racy past.
The hit TV show based at Hampshire's Highclere Castle will return to our screens this weekend. ITV News Meridian goes behind the scenes of the fourth season of Downton Abbey. Divya Kohli talks to the stars of the show.