Downton Abbey Season 3 Cast Photo

Posted on July 23, 2012

Darlings, let’s take a break from criticizing children and look at the official poster for Season 3 of Downton Abbey, which is out and ready to be discussed. And like all official Downton Abbey cast photos, perspective and physics take a back seat, as the cast are turned, through the magic of Photoshop, into flat, two-dimensional versions of themselves, stacked on top of each other and extending into infinity like an unusually long string of paper dolls.
Freaky, right?

Still, it’s mouthwatering for those of us who are breathlessly awaiting the U.S. premiere on January 6, 2013.

It’s both weird and oddly fitting to see Shirley standing there. We hope she goes full-on Aurora Greenway, 1920s version.

The cast got together for photocall right in Shirley’s backyard:

Hugh Bonneville, Joanne Froggatt, Michelle Dockery, Shirley MacLaine, Elizabeth McGovern and Brendan Coyle attend the ‘Downton Abbey’ photo call in Beverly Hills, California.


They all look like they don’t quite know what to do with their crazy grandma.

Let’s assess.


Hugh Bonneville

Hugh can look amazingly sloppy unkempt at times, so this represents a major effort on his part. Well done. The jacket seems a skosh long, but that’s minor.


Joanne Froggatt

Adorable. And appropriately evocative of the 1920s. She’s doing a pretty good job, whether intentional of not, of looking like a modern, sexy version of her character.

Michelle Dockery

This is very pretty and ladylike, but she needs to play with color more.


Shirley MacLaine

She looks great. That jacket is striking. Not entirely sold on the wig, though, Shirl.


Elizabeth McGovern

Wow. Someone took some advanced red carpet posing instruction. She used to tuck her chin in and look out at the world from under her brow, with a close-mouthed grin. It was disconcerting, to say the least. Now she’s all popped hip and sass. This is what she tends to go for, shape and color-wise, including the tights. It’s fine, but it could’ve used some jewelry.


Brendan Coyle

Thank you for coming, Monsignor.




[Photo Credit: Getty, PBS]

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