Downton Abbey Season 5 – Harpers Bazaar Editorial

by ChinaBambi


Downton Abbey ended its fourth series pleasantly, rather than dramatically. But anticipation is building for series five, which explains why the ladies of Downton assembled for an exclusive fashion shoot in the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar, on sale 4 July.

‘The Downton Sisterhood’, a 10-page portfolio shot at Viscount Gage’s ancestral home in Sussex, celebrates the strength and talent of the Downton Abbey actresses in beautiful photographs by renowned fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski.

When last we saw the popular ITV drama, Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) was being courted by two suitors: the dashing Lord Gillingham (Tom Cullen) and the rather reserved Charles Blake (Julian Ovenden).

In terms of telling them apart, it didn’t help that both men were similar in looks (not-very-tall and dark-haired), but perhaps Lady Mary’s moving as far away from her beloved blond Matthew Crawley (actor Dan Stevens) as possible.

In the accompanying interview, Harper’s Bazaar talks to the actresses and the show’s creator Julian Fellowes about why women reign supreme in the acclaimed drama and the question of a sixth series. Michelle Dockery said: “Julian writes so well for women.  He’s got a very good way with families.  We’re all very lucky that we’re playing roles that are very complex, not just two-dimensional and predictable.”


Harper’s Bazaar also shot an exclusive cover for its subscribers, which features Michelle Dockery, Lily James and Laura Carmichael wearing evening gowns by Valentino. Talking about working with the likes of Maggie Smith, Lily James, who plays Lady Rose said: ‘I’m learning a lot about how to be one of the ‘good’ actors.’


Emmy-nominated actress Michelle Dockery stars on the cover of the August issue of Harper’s Bazaar wearing a Valentino silk and feather-embellished dress. Talking about filming series five, Michelle Dockery said: “It’s lovely to be back on the show again. And because it’s the fifth year, we find ourselves reminiscing much more. There’s a sense of nostalgia this year because we’re that much further on.’

Full interview in the August issue of Harper’s Bazaar – on sale today! or visit:


Michelle Dockery is pictured alongside Hugh Bonneville (who plays Lord Grantham) and Allen Leech (Tom Branson). Hugh Bonneville has been very busy since Downton wrapped; he’s appeared in Top Gear, George Clooney’s The Monuments Men, Muppets Most Wanted and starred in W1A, the mockumentary about the BBC.

In terms of major awards, it’s America and not Britain that has recognised Michelle Dockery for her role as Lady Mary. The cast won a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2013 (following nominations in 2010 and 2014), she’s received an Emmys nod in 2012 and 2013 and a Golden Globe nomination in 2013.


Rob James-Collier (Thomas Barrow) and Allen Leech share a laugh together as they film scenes. In the show, there is tension between their characters, but they’re good mates in real life.

The ratings on both sides of the Atlantic for series four remained very good indeed; on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in the US, the fourth series finale averaged 8.5 million viewers. It was only beaten by the Winter Olympics, The Walking Dead and the Daytona 500.

Here in the UK, the consolidated average (which takes into account both live and timeshift audiences) was nearly 12 million. Downton is as big as ever.567950BA6FF145FEAF7EB65B643CBE_h498_w598_m2

Talking to the Radio Times about series five, Allen revealed: ‘I read episode one and I found out something that I didn’t know and I was deeply saddened by it.’ Oh dear – more heartache to come.

In addition to Richard E Grant, we can also look forward to the excellent Anna Chancellor. She’ll be joining in a guest role, playing Lady Anstruther. The Bafta-nominated actress is fresh from her recent West End success in Private Lives. She is most widely known for her roles in BBC drama The Hour and Four Weddings and a Funeral.


And that’s not quite a wrap as the cast will be filming in Bampton for a while to come yet. Get ready for more excitement and intrigue in the autumn. Source