Downton Abbey Season 3: Julian Fellowes on What Makes the Shirley MacLaine-Maggie Smith Dynamic So Perfectly Prickly

Downton Abbey Season 3 introduces a new character: Shirley MacLaine’s Martha Levinson, the forward-thinking mother of Robert Crawley’s (Hugh Bonneville) American wife, Cora (Elizabeth McGovern). Naturally, she clashes quite brilliantly with Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess, making the Dowager’s snippy barbs directed at Isobel Crawley (Penelope Wilton) seem sweet and well-intentioned.


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