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Series 5 of Downton Abbey first aired on the 21st September, 2014 on ITV in the UK and on the 4th January, 2015 on PBS in the US. Julian Fellowes continues to write the series and it is executive produced by Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge and Fellowes.
Harriet Walter and Peter Egan will reprise their roles as Lady Shackleton and Hugh MacClare respectively. Richard E. Grant, Anna Chancellor, and Rade Sherbedgia join the cast, respectively playing Simon Bricker, the Dowager Lady Anstruther, and a Russian refugee named Kuragin. Maya Lindh and Ethan Chapples will play Rose's sister Annabelle and her husband, respectively. Ed Cooper Clarke will portray Lord Merton's second son, Timothy. Catherine Steadman will portray Gillingham's former fiance Mabel Lane Fox. Shirley MacLaine and Paul Giamatti won't be reprising their respective roles as Martha and Harold Levinson, but they may possibly return in a future season.
A casting call has gone out for twin baby girls to portray Edith and Michael Gregson's daughter Marigold. Whether or not Charles Edwards will return as Gregson remains unknown, but an answer as to what happened to him has been promised. Tension will also continue to rise between John and Anna, whose assault has not been forgotten.
Allen Leech has suggested something sad happens in the opening episode, as well as that there is a campaign for the next Christmas special to be set at Christmas.
Covering the months from February to December 1924, Series five will continue some of the storylines established in series four, including Mary Crawley’s relationship with Anthony Foyle and Charles Blake, Tom Branson’s flirtation with Sarah Bunting, Edith Crawley’s pregnancy, and will explore the aftermath of Rose MacClare’s broken engagement with Jack Ross.
- Episode 5.01
- Episode 5.02
- Episode 5.03
- Episode 5.04
- Episode 5.05
- Episode 5.06
- Episode 5.07
- Episode 5.08
- Episode 5.09- 2014 Christmas Special
- Oliver & Zac Barker as George Crawley
- Samantha Bond as Rosamund Painswick
- Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley
- Laura Carmichael as Edith Crawley
- Tom Cullen as Anthony Foyle
- Michelle Dockery as Mary Crawley
- Fifi Hart as Sybbie Branson
- Lily James as Rose Aldridge
- Allen Leech as Tom Branson
- Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley
- Julian Ovenden as Charles Blake
- Douglas Reith as Richard Grey
- Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley
- Penelope Wilton as Isobel Crawley
- Jim Carter as Charles Carson
- Raquel Cassidy as Phyllis Baxter
- Brendan Coyle as John Bates
- Kevin Doyle as Joseph Molesley
- Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates
- Rob James-Collier as Thomas Barrow
- Sue Johnston as Gladys Denker
- Phyllis Logan as Elsie Hughes
- Sophie McShera as Daisy Mason
- Lesley Nicol as Beryl Patmore
- Ed Speleers as James Kent
- Jeremy Swift as Septimus Spratt
- Anna Chancellor as the Dowager Lady Anstruther
- Ed Cooper Clarke as Timothy Grey
- Peter Egan as Hugh MacClare
- Richard E. Grant as Simon Bricker
- Daisy Lewis as Sarah Bunting
- Emma Lowndes as Margie Drewe
- Phoebe Nicholls as Susan MacClare
- David Robb as Richard Clarkson
- Andrew Scarborough as Timothy Drewe
- Rade Sherbedgia as Igor Kuragin
- Catherine Steadman as Mabel Lane Fox
- Harriet Walter as Lady Shackleton
- Downton Abbey series 5 first look pictures arrive but what is Tom Branson carrying?], TV News, April 24, 2014, 13:20, by Claire Hodgson
- First Look at Downton Abbey Series Five Filming, TV News, By Naomi Gordon, Thursday, Apr 24 2014, 15:49 BST
- Downton Abbey Casting News at PBS
- ITV commissions a fifth series of Downton Abbey, ITV Press Centre, 10th November, 2013.
- Downton Abbey: Season 5 Planning Underway, Different Era on Tap, TV Fanatic, Matt Richenthal, 7th August, 2013.
- 'Downton Abbey' Cast Talks Season 4, Mourning Matthew and the Series' Future, Michael O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 6th August, 2013.
- No more Downton deaths! Fuming creator Fellowes locks stars into two-year handcuff deals to stop them 'doing a Matthew', Chris Hastings and Simon Boyle, Daily Mail, 17th August, 2013. Quote: "Key characters including Hugh Bonneville (Lord Grantham), Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary), Elizabeth McGovern (Lady Cora), Maggie Smith (the Dowager Countess of Grantham), Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith) and Lily James (Lady Rose) have all signed contracts that will bind them to the show at least until the end of series five."
- Two Characters Killed off and another raped, The Telegraph, 11th November, 2013.
- Emma Lowndes at Curtis Brown Literary and talent agency
- Downton Abbey Casting News at PBS
- Downton Abbey: spot the historical blooper By Anita Singh, 2:52PM BST 14 Aug 2014
- Downton Abbey series 5 press shot suggests time jump to 2014? By Christopher Hooton, Thursday 14 August 2014
- What Should We Expect in Downton Abbey Season 5? By K.L. Connie Wang August 4, 2014 – 11:45 AM
- Downton Abbey: Julian Fellowes wants US simulcast for fifth series By Sam Rigby, Wednesday, May 28 2014, 9:47am EDT
- Downton Abbey: Sue Johnston to guest star in series 5 By Sam Rigby, Thursday, May 29 2014, 11:45am EDT
- Downton Abbey season five spoilers: Love, sex scandals and FIRE! Friday 15 Aug 2014 4:51 pm
- Downton Abbey behind the scenes – season five in pictures Tuesday 12 Aug 2014 1:54 pm
- It's Downton confidential! Fresh scandals, new secrets, it's our very sneaky peek at Series 5 By Chris Hastings; Published: 17:38 EST, 9 August 2014; Updated: 04:22 EST, 10 August 2014
- Downton Abbey Series 5 Spoilers: Mr Carson reveals worrying times for the Crawleys! by Anna Howell, June 25th, 2014
- ‘Downton Abbey’ season 5 spoilers: Richard E. Grant, more join cast February 15, 2014 at CarterMatt
- Downton Abbey Season 5 Spoiler: Cast Has Big Plans for Christmas Special by Elisabeth Kramer, January 29, 2014 at 01:38PM EST