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Downton Abbey back for a third series with new cast members

Sep 12, 2012

The award-winning Downton Abbeyreturns to ITV1 on Sunday 16 September with a host of new cast members.

Cara Theobold and Lucille Sharp join the cast in the third series of the show as two new maids Ivy and Miss Reed. Cara, who landed the role in her first ever audition, plays new kitchen maid Ivy, a shy and sweet girl, who is put forward for the job by her mother, but soon upsets Daisy (Sophie McShera) when she starts flirting with the two footmen.

Lucille plays the lady's maid Miss Reed, who accompanies Lady Cora’s newly-arrived American mother, Martha Levinson (played by Shirley MacLaine).

Downton Abbey regulars Laura Carmichael, Siobhan Finneran and Sophie McShera also reprise their roles in the new series which now enters the Roaring Twenties and where much has changed for the family and staff of Downton since the Christmas Special.

Laura plays Lady Edith Crawley, the middle daughter of the Grantham family, the incumbent aristocratic dynasty. Sophie returns as Daisy, the household’s dishevelled and naive kitchen maid, and Siobhan continues as the manipulative and controlling Lady’s maid, O’Brien.

Throughout the North Yorkshire estate the new arrivals rattle the established hierarchies, and true to form the lives of the household are shaped by romance, ambition, desire and heartbreak.

Downton Abbey received sixteen nominations at this year’s Emmy Awards, making it the most nominated non-US show in Emmy history.

Downton Abbey begins on Sunday 16 September at 9:00pm on ITV1.
bbey begins on Sunday 16 September at 9:00pm on ITV1.The award-winning Downton Abbey returns to ITV1 on Sunday 16 September with a host of new cast members.Abbey regulars Laura Carmichael, Siobhan Finneran and Sophie McShera also reprise their roles in the new series which now enters the roaring Twenties and where much has changed for the family and staff of Downton since the Christmas Special.returns as Daisy, the household’s dishevelled and naive kitchen maid, and Siobhan continues as the manipulative and controlling Lady’s maid, O’Brian.