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USA and Canada looking to UK for holiday

Travellers from long-haul markets such as the USA, Canada, China and Sinapore are increasigly looking to the UK as a possible holiday destination, according to a survey by TripAdvisor.

Internet search traffic for the UK has continued to grow on the site, year-on-year:

  • USA is the fastest growing market - with searches up 23%
  • Canada was next - with searches up 21%
  • UK was next, as the staycation continued - with searches up 20%
  • Searches from Singapore rose 19%
  • Searches from China rose 19%

Looking at sheer numbers rather than the rise in growth, UK residents made up the majority of searches for UK destinations on TripAdvisor, with the USA second and Germany third.

More Americans searching UK tourism options

Royal baby news and the success of TV shows like Downton Abbey are driving increased interest in the UK from American would-be tourists, according to holiday website TripAdvisor.

The Royal baby has reignited international interest in the British monarch, according to TripAdvisor. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The USA topped the list of fastest-growing markets, with a 23% year-on-year growth in internet searches for the UK, the company said.

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Downton Abbey to return to ITV for a fifth series

ITV and the makers of Downton Abbey, Carnival Films have announced the drama will be returning for a fifth series.

Audience figures for the fourth series hit an average 11.8 million viewers, making it the highest rated drama on television in 2013.

ITV commissions a fifth series of Downton abbey from Carnival Films Credit: ITV/Carnival Films

ITV’s Director of Drama Commissioning, Steve November said:

“We are enormously happy to have Downton Abbey on ITV and we are delighted to be announcing this new series.

"With Julian Fellowes writing and Gareth Nearne and Liz Trubridge producing we know it will be as warm, witty, romantic and dramatic as previous series and we can't wait to catch up with our favourite characters again.”

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Emmy award winners to be revealed in States

Hugh Bonneville is nominated for his role in Downton Abbey Credit: PA

British actors including Damian Lewis and Dame Helen Mirren are in the race for top accolades at Sunday's Emmy awards in the US.

Dame Helen is nominated in the lead actress in a mini series or movie category for her role as a leading lawyer in HBO drama Phil Spector.

Homeland star Lewis is up against fellow Brit Hugh Bonneville, one of the stars of ITV drama Downton Abbey, in the best lead actor in a drama category.

Lewis and Bonneville face stiff competition in their category from Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, Kevin Spacey for House of Cards, Mad Men's Jon Hamm and Jeff Daniels for The Newsroom.

Downton Abbey scored 12 primetime Emmy nominations including Bonneville's nod, best drama series, writing and directing, as well as recognition for his co-stars Dame Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery and Jim Carter.

Star behind Lady Cora has more 'anger' than character

Actress Elizabeth McGovern (above) says has too much "anger" to be her onscreen character, Downton Abbey's Lady Cora offscreen. Credit: PA

The actress behind Downton Abbey's Lady Cora says she had too much "anger" to have the "grace and dignity" her onscreen character epitomises.

The star, whose grandfather was a Buddhist, said a quiet life was not for her.

She told Reader's Digest: "When I do get time off, I'm way too busy going to the supermarket and cooking the family dinner to go and live in a monastery. And I'm probably too angry to meditate."

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Despite the success of Downton Abbey on both sides of the Atlantic, the American actress confessed she still found good reasons to lose her temper.

"Look at the way we treat the world and let each other down. The unfairness of life. I'm not necessarily talking about my life, because I get compensated very well for my job, but that doesn't stop me getting cross at some of the things I see.

"I'm not proud of it, because anger is not useful. I'd love to be able to handle life with Cora's grace and dignity. But hey, that's just how it is. I try my best in life and I'll keep trying."

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