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

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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'Downton Abbey': Best Dowager Countess GIFs for Maggie Smith's birthday

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Maggie Smith turns 79 years old on Saturday (Dec. 28) and in those years, she's had a storied Hollywood career. She won the Best Actress Oscar in 1970 for "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" and took home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar nine years later for "California Suite" -- both of which are worth a watch for the Smith fans out there.

More recently, she was a prickly (but hilarious) Mother Superior in the "Sister Act" movies and brought Professor Minerva McGonagall to life in the "Harry Potter" adaptations. But perhaps nothing has been more delicious to watch than Smith as Lady Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham on period drama "Downton Abbey."

To salute Dame Maggie on her special day, here are Lady Violet's best quotes -- in Gif form. Happy birthday, Maggie Smith.

Season 1, episode 2

Isobel: What should we call each other?

Lady Violet: Well, we could always start with Mrs.
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Behind-The-Scenes Look At Downton Abbey Season 2

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Sunday night was a terrific night for fans of Julian FellowesDownton Abbey. The night saw the start of the show’s second season on ITV, and then hours later and thousands of miles away, the show won four Emmys at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, for a total of six Emmys this year recognising its incredibly well received first season.

Courtesy of Classic FM, there now comes a gallery of images taken behind-the-scenes from the second season of the show that has just begun.

First airing back in September last year, the first episode of Downton Abbey was watched by more than nine million people in the UK as it was broadcast live, and more than eleven million factoring in ITV Player views. It has since gone on to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for the most critically acclaimed television show of last year, before taking four
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Review of BBC's Day Of The Triffids mini-series (part 2)

Year: 2009

Directors: Nick Copus

Writers: Patrick Harbinson

IMDb: link

Trailer: link

Reviewed by: projectcyclops

Rating: 5 out of 10

I was a little dubious about the direction that Episode 2 would take, especially given some of the negative comments following my fairly positive review of the first installment of the BBC’s new Triffids mini-series. Part 1 was certainly entertaining, with nifty special effects and a good old end of the world scenario that felt quite agreeable to me. A real lack of chemistry between lead actors Dougray Scott and Joely Richardson, coupled with a way over-the-top performance from villain Eddie Izzard, kept me from embracing this as a truly respectable adaptation of the novel. My concern for the follow-up was that these problems would remain in place, while the gaps in logic, moody atmosphere and wild differentiation from the source material would prevail for another 90 minutes, and oh boy how they did.

We pick-up where we left off,
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Review of BBC's Day Of The Triffids mini-series (part 1)

Year: 2009

Directors: Nick Copus

Writers: Patrick Harbinson

IMDb: link

Trailer: link

Reviewed by: projectcyclops

Rating: 7 out of 10

Ever since I first saw those amazing opening scenes from 28 Days Later, I've been waiting for someone to step-up and adapt John Wyndham's brilliant apocalyptic novel The Day of the Triffids, and do it right. We had a disastrous film version in 1962, that I watched once and vowed never to revisit. There is also a far more faithful UK television adaptation from 1981 that I would recommend to anyone who might be curious, although it was somewhat limited by a low budget and quite stilted direction, although the bleakness and horror were certainly there.

So now it's 2009, and we have a fairly big budget BBC adaptation with some serious star power: Dougary Scott (Mi:2), Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck), Eddie Izzard (Valkary), Vanessa Redgrave (Atonement), Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting) and one of my favourite actors Mr.
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Blu-Ray Round Up, Feb. 8, 2009: ‘Little Miss Sunshine,’ ‘Office Space,’ ‘Sideways,’ ‘Napoleon Dynamite’

Chicago – Welcome back to the world of the Blu-Ray Round Up, a safety net for all the Blu-Ray titles hitting store shelves that might otherwise slip through the cracks. Every week seems to see more and more catalog releases and new titles hitting the next-gen format and it’s shockingly easy to miss a title that you’d like to add to your collection. That’s why we’re here.

This edition of the Blu-Ray Round-Up presents an amazingly diverse wave of titles from Fox/MGM that includes comedy classics, two best picture nominees, and a couple of new flicks that barely made a dent at the box office.

Igor” and “The Pink Panther” were released by MGM on January 20th, 2009.

Little Miss Sunshine,” “Napoleon Dynamite,” “Office Space,” “The Secret Life of Bees,” and “Sideways” were released by Fox on February 3rd, 2009.


Photo credit: MGM “Igor” is one of
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