'Downton' star 'can't wait' for 'battle of the dames'

Friday February 10, 2012

Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown-Findlay can't wait to see Shirley MacLaine and Dame Maggie Smith acting together.

The Hollywood legend is joining the hit ITV show's third series as Martha Levinson, the mother of Lady Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern), and Jessica's character Lady Sybil's grandmother.

Jessica said: "I'm really excited. It's going to be hilarious, just these two unbelievable actresses in one room, Maggie and Shirley.

"It's going to be really good fun. I'm really looking forward to it, what a great person to have in the cast."

Downton Abbey is a huge hit in the US and picked up a Golden Globe recently.

Jessica said: "It's wild. I was in LA last week and people had told me that a lot of people liked it over there, but I had absolutely no concept that the hype was as realistic as it actually is.

"People are REALLY into it."

Photo: © ITV

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