Julian Fellowes Says Lord Grantham Would Have Been a Brexiteer

Julian Fellowes Says Lord Grantham Would Have Been a Brexiteer
How is it possible that “Downton Abbey” has launched the prolific careers of Dan Stevens, Lily James, and Rose Leslie, while also introducing a new generation to the pleasures of Maggie Smith, Shirley MacLaine, and Richard E. Grant? Americans had been blind to Britain’s deep well of acting talent for years, but something about this window into the British class system via the lives of an aristocratic family and their domestic servants struck a chord with our otherwise inferior taste.

Lord Julian Fellowes, writer and creator of “Downton,” began his career as an actor; he played opposite Anthony Hopkins in “Shadowlands,” featured in Franco Zeffirelli’s “Jane Eyre,” and even makes an appearance in the James Bond film “Tomorrow Never Dies.” He credits this experience with instilling in him an ear for dialogue and penchant for character-driven narrative, but clearly there is something more going on. As a producer
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