See how life was - and is - lived in Highclere Castle.



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Episode credited cast:
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Brooke-Taylor ...
Himself - Head Chef
Fiona Herbert 8th Countess of Carnarvon ...
Herself (as Fiona Herbert)
Colin Edwards ...
Himself - Butler
Robert Hawker ...
Himself - Deer Manager
George Herbert ...
Himself - 8th Earl of Carnarvon
Tom Hibberd ...
Himself - Underkeeper
Eddie Hughes ...
Himself - Head Gamekeeper

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The earls of Carvarvon build Highclere House and live in the grand estate since their peerage was created, which was re-dubbed castle after splendid Neo-gothic remodeling by the architect of Westminster Parliament. The present earl and countess testify how real life there literally inspired the BBC series Downton Abbey about a fictitious aristocratic family, shot on location. Reality is even more impressive, as the lord who married a rich wife to avoid bankruptcy also funded the archaeological dig which unearthed Tutanchamon's fabulous treasure, some artifacts even remained on the castle. History forced huge transformations, due to war, expensive labor, rising taxes etcetera. Written by KGF Vissers

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