It’s been over a year since the series finale of Downton Abbey aired in North America, but for fans of the Masterpiece drama, it feels like just yesterday Mister Carson was announcing it was time to go through for dinner.
Since the series wrapped filming in 2015, the hugely talented, and just plain huge, cast of Downton Abbey have kept busy on the big and small screens. Since we can never get enough Downton in our lives, we’re checking in on what the cast is up to now and where we can see them again.
LADY MARY – MICHELLE DOCKERY
After spending six seasons as the selfish but charming Lady Mary, Michelle Dockery pulled a total 180 for her role in the exciting new series Good Behavior, available now on Bravo. Showing off her impressive American accent, Dockery plays Letty, a thief, con artist, and drug addict who is on the run from a hitman. Good Behavior feels a long way from Downton Abbey, but let’s not forget that Lady Mary did kinda kill a guy in the first season.
LADY EDITH – LAURA CARMICHAEL
Following her six seasons as the quintessential middle child, Laura Carmichael moved on to another British drama, starring in the police thriller Marcella. Carmichael has also spent some time on the big screen, starring opposite Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo in the film The United Kingdom.
ANNA SMITH – JOANNE FROGGATT
Joanne Froggatt is definitely one of the busiest cast members to come out of Downton Abbey. She starred in the Masterpiece series Dark Angel, and is the star of the upcoming TV series Laura. Froggatt will also be heading back into history again, this time in the upcoming feature film based on the famous writer Mary Shelley. At the end of the day, all we really want is for Anna, sorry Joanne, to be happy.
JOHN BATES – BRENDAN COYLE
Mr. Bates is still making us cry. Actor Brendan Coyle starred in the 2016 adaptation of Jojo Moyes’ bestseller Me Before You, playing a lovable character. No stretch needed there! The film had Coyle playing opposite Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke. Speaking of Game of Thrones…
GWEN DAWSON – ROSE LESLIE
We can’t even imagine what Mrs. Hughes would say about Gwen turning into a Wildling, but that’s exactly what happened when Rose Leslie left the servants quarters of Downton Abbey. The English actor starred as Jon Snow’s love interest and Wildling woman Ygritte for two seasons on the hit HBO series. Leslie isn’t the only Downton alum to head to Westeros, with Iain Glen, who played Mary’s almost-husband Sir Richard Carlisle, currently filling the role of Jorah Mormont. This year Leslie is entering her second season of The Good Fight.
TOM BRANSON – ALLEN LEECH
Since concluding his role as the mechanic-turned-member of the upper crust, Allen Leech has split his time between stage and screen, starring in the TV series Bellevue and acting opposite Ginnifer Goodwin in the stage production of Constellations. Leech also starred in 2015’s The Imitation Game alongside his Downton co-star Matthew Goode.
COUSIN MATTHEW – DAN STEVENS
Since leaving Downton Abbey in one of the series’ most dramatic deaths, Dan Stevens’ career has been a real beast. We mean that in a good way. Stevens starred as the Beast in this year’s critically and commercially successful live-action remake of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Showing his incredible range, Stevens also currently stars in the dark Marvel comics TV series Legion.
LADY ROSE – LILY JAMES
Following the end of Downton Abbey, actor Lily James returned to British television to star in the BBC TV series War and Peace. James has been busy appearing in a number of feature films as well, including 2016’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. This year, James was part of the all-star cast of the critically acclaimed Baby Driver, which included Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx.
HENRY TALBOT – MATTHEW GOODE
Actor Matthew Goode has three films coming out in 2017, including The Sense of an Ending, which reunites him with his on-screen Downton wife Michelle Dockery. Goode is also set to star in the second season of the British historic drama The Crown.
ANDREW PARKER – MICHAEL C. FOX
Actor Michael C. Fox Has a knack for playing characters in the early 20th century. Fox scored one of the coveted roles in this summer’s epic historical Christopher Nolan film Dunkirk, playing an engineer. We’re not sure whether this is true, but we’re just going to assume he’s now best friends with Harry Styles.
DAISY MASON – SOPHIE MCSHERA
Since finding love in the final few episodes with fellow servant Andrew, Sophie McShera has continued to work in TV, starring in the series Inside No. 9 and Murdered for Being Different. McShera appeared on the musical TV series Galavant, which also starred her Downton Abbey boss Hugh Bonneville, or as we know him better, Lord Crawley.
LADY VIOLET CRAWLEY – MAGGIE SMITH
Since wrapping her iconic role as Lady Crawley, Maggie Smith has been taking a well-deserved break. We picture her spending every day like it’s the weekend, whatever that is.