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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

May 17, 2012 at 11:01 AM

What’s the ‘Downton Abbey’ cast up to?

I don’t know about you, but this having-to-wait-almost-a-year-for-more-‘Downton-Abbey’ thing is getting me down. I need a Dowager Countess in my life, not to mention gloves, hats, butlers, upstairs/downstairs romance, and mail at the breakfast table. Nonetheless, I shall wait, as decorously as possible, but in the meantime I’m keeping an eye on that cast. What are they up to?
— Dan Stevens, who plays swoony good fellow Matthew Crawley, will co-star opposite Freida Pinto in “The Catastrophist,” a love story set in the ’60s Congo. He’s also filmed “Summer in February,” a love story co-starring Emily Browning and set in the “Downton” prewar time period, and will star on Broadway this fall in “The Heiress,” based on the Henry James novel, alongside Jessica Chastain and David Strathairn.
— Michelle Dockery, who plays that uppity minx Lady Mary, will appear in this fall’s star-studded new film version of “Anna Karenina,” as Princess Myagkaya. She’ll also sing on an album, to be released later this year, alongside co-star Elizabeth McGovern.
— McGovern, whose Lady Cora makes perfect sense to us now that we know her mother was Shirley MacLaine, performs with her band Sadie and the Hotheads (no, I am not making this up). She’s also in the British rom-com “Cheerful Weather for the Wedding,” which recently had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.
— Jessica Brown Findlay, who plays the lovely Lady Sybil, will star in “The Winter’s Tale,” an adaptation of Mark Helprin’s 1983 novel to be released by Warner Bros. and said to co-star Russell Crowe and Will Smith.
— Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton, those dueling frenemies (Violet, the Dowager Countess of Granthan, and Cousin Isobel Crawley), can both be currently seen enduring the discomforts of India in “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” Wilton also appears on the British TV series “North by Northhamptonshire,” and Dame Maggie stars with Michael Gambon and Billy Connolly in “Quartet,” directed by Dustin Hoffman and recently picked up for U.S. release by The Weinstein Company.

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