Richard E. Grant (Withnail and I), Anna Chancellor (The Hour) and Rade Sherbedgia (Snatch) are joining the cast of ITV’s drama series Downton Abbey for its upcoming fifth season, TVWise has learned.
Grant has been cast as Simon Bricker, who visits Downton Abbey as a guest of the Granthams; Chancellor as Lady Anstruther; and Sherbedgia as Kuragin, a Russian refugee who has fled her homeland following the Bolshevik revolution. They join a large cast for season five which includes, amongst others, Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery, Dame Harriet Walter and Peter Egan are also returning to reprise their roles as Lady Shackleton and Lord Flintshire, respectively.
“We are delighted to welcome these talented actors to the world of Downton”, said Gareth Neame, Managing Director of Carnival Films, who also serves as an executive producer on Downton Abbey. “The characters they play are set to bring yet more excitement and intrigue to the show.”