idk. This was just the picture included with the article. I was too lazy to go looking for a different one. Anyway, Mary invites you in to find out more about series 4 of her show. Click the cut!
Michelle Dockery’s Lady Mary Crawley could be under siege from suitors in the fourth series of Downton Abbey, which starts filming next week.
Casting directors have auditioned scores of actors who had to tick the following boxes: ‘Posh and pretty.’
Plus, they should be aged around 35, and dashing enough to catch Lady Mary’s eye after her husband Matthew Crawley, played by Dan Stevens, was killed off at Christmas in a car crash, leaving his widow with an infant son.
Candidates have trooped in and out of casting sessions, but none, so far, has been suitable.
‘Some were too dark, some too blond, some too bland — though a couple have been put on a shortlist that the producers and creative people will discuss,’ a source on the production told me.
‘The main criteria for him is that he should be posh — and pretty.’ [Promising!]
Gareth Neame, the executive producer for NBC-Universal International, told me Lady Mary’s storyline will dominate series four.
‘Mary’s a catch, and her story will be the spine of the next series,’ he said. [Spine of the next series, eh? YES GOOD.]
Downton creator Julian Fellowes told me Lady Mary will have no problems attracting a man.
‘She’s very beautiful, but she still has an absolute sense of control, power and brain work,’ he said, adding that she inherited the strength of her grandmother, the dowager duchess, played by Maggie Smith. [Yep, Mary is every inch Violet's granddaughter.]
But will the chap who seduces Mary be the right one? I’m told it will all depend on who gets cast. If he ‘gels’, then he’ll continue; but if he doesn’t, the plot will introduce other men — perhaps even an American beau.
The ITV drama’s core cast members are signed up for two more series, but as we saw in the last one, anything could happen.
The Americans love Downton, and it beat mega-shows such as Homeland for the best ensemble award from the Screen Actors Guild — a huge win.
I am actually REALLY looking forward to series 4. Mary kind of took a back seat in series 3, but it seems like she'll be at the center of series 4 like she was for series 1 and 2.
Note: I actually do like a LOT of other characters on this show. I am just sick of people trying to act like Mary hasn't always been one of the central characters on this show.