We’ve talked about the ripple effect of the show before, but it appears that no one is immune to the phenomenon that is Downton Abbey. Indeed, the ITV drama that showcases the lives of Britain’s working classes and the aristocracy they serve during the early 1900s apparently has fans from all walks of life—even the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, executive producer Gareth Neame talked Season 3 guest stars, rumored celeb cameos (did you hear the one about Jamie Lee Curtis?), and set visits from real-life royalty (Pippa Middleton). According to the article, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and Michelle Obama are also among the obsessed viewers, while Maggie Gyllenhall is another who hopes to get in front of the camera at some point.
Looking beyond Season 3, Neame said about the longevity of show, “We have to balance between continuing to make it for audiences around the world that adore it and making sure that we don’t take it too far … which is not now and not next year, but likely five years or six years, not 10 years.” And with reports that fan favorite Dame Maggie Smith, who plays the Dowager Countess, Queen of the pithy one-liner, has not yet signed on beyond Season 5, the future landscape of the show is ever evolving.
What Hollywood celeb would you love to see grace the halls of Downton Abbey? And would you still tune into a Downton without a Dowager? Plus, if you haven’t already, be sure to check out the Season 3 spoilers released earlier this week.