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‘Downton Abbey’ Creator Julian Fellowes Adapts Anthony Trollope’s ‘Doctor Thorne’

27 April 2015 5:48 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes is to adapt Anthony Trollope’s novel “Doctor Thorne” for the U.K.’s leading commercial network ITV.

The novel is the story of Dr. Thomas Thorne, who lives in the village of Greshamsbury in Barsetshire, with his beautiful niece, Mary, a girl blessed with every gift except money. Mary has grown up alongside the Gresham sisters – Augusta, Beatrice and Alexandrina and their handsome brother Frank – whose home is the great house and estate at Greshamsbury Park.

When the terrifying Lady Arabella Gresham discovers that her darling son, Frank, has fallen in love with Dr. Thorne’s penniless niece, she is horrified. Her husband has frittered away the family fortune and is only being kept afloat by very favorable loans that Dr. Thorne has secured from a railway millionaire, Sir Roger Scatcherd. However, Sir Roger is drinking himself into an early grave and the financial future is uncertain, »

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9 actors who have left Downton Abbey for better... or worse

5 March 2015 12:00 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

For many actors, Downton Abbey was their first big break in television.

But not everyone can be a Lord Grantham or a Carson. For many - whether they chose to leave or were written out - their fortunes changed after exiting the ITV drama.

So after the news that Dan Stevens has joined Beauty and the Beast, Digital Spy looks at the careers (so far!) of 9 actors who have bowed out of Highclere Castle...

1. Ed Speleers

After starring in series three, four and five of Downton, Ed Speleers left Jimmy Kent behind for another role in a big budget British TV drama.

We most recently saw him in the part of Edward Seymour in Wolf Hall, and he will also star in upcoming films Remainder and Howl. Most prominently, he's been cast alongside Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter in Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass.

2. Amy Nuttall »

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