'Downton Abbey' Adds Three Actors for Season 5

Richard E. Grant
Richard E. Grant
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Downton Abbey is bulking up for season five.

Richard E. Grant has joined the new season of the British drama, along with Anna Chancellor (The Hour) and Rade Sherbedgia (24).

Returning to Downton Abbey are Dame Harriet Walter and Peter Egan, who both reprise their roles as Lady Shackleton and Lord Flintshire, respectively.

Grant will portray Simon Bricker, who visits the Downton Abbey as a guest of the Granthams.

Chancellor has been cast in a guest-starring capacity, playing Lady Anstruther, while Sherbedgia will play a Russian refugee.

They join an already large ensemble cast made up of Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Penelope Wilton, Phyllis Logan, Samantha Bond, Laura Carmichael, Lily James, Allen Leech, Brendan Coyle, Joanne Froggatt, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera, Rob James-Collier, Ed Speleers, Kevin Doyle, Raquel Cassidy, David Robb, Tom Cullen, Julian Ovenden, Daisy Lewis, Douglas Reith, Jeremy Swift and Andrew Scarborough.

Downton Abbey airs under PBS' Masterpiece umbrella in the U.S.

“We are delighted to welcome these talented actors to the world of Downton," said Gareth Neame, Downton Abbey executive producer and managing director of Carnival Films. "The characters they play are set to bring yet more excitement and intrigue to the show.”

"We look forward to introducing these new characters to our Masterpiece audience. They will make a wonderful addition to the beloved Downton Abbey ensemble," said Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of Masterpiece.

The fourth season, which opened to a series-high 15 million viewers, concludes its run on Masterpiece on Feb. 23.

Downton Abbey is a co-production with Carnival Films and Masterpiece. Neame, Julian Fellowes and Liz Trubridge are executive producers, along with Eaton.

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