One of the worst aspects of a long running show coming to an end is knowing that the faces you've come to love may not reappear for some time. Most TV actors aren't the biggest names, and they're rarely guaranteed a place in the next big thing. Often, you have to keep an eye out for niche projects they may crop up in, and you feel at the mercy of a greater casting system. The end of Downton Abbey Season 6 will bring about that feeling across the board, and you may find yourself asking a particular question.
Where can I see the Downton Abbey Cast After Season 6?
The actors and actresses involved with Downton Abbey have accumulated much fame over the course of the show, but I'm not sure how many will stick around in the limelight after Season 6 is done. Here's a list of some of the most interesting projects that the stars in Downton Abbey have appeared in. You can check out some of my other coverage of Downton right here!
Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith) in Madame Bovary
This is probably the smallest jump from Downton Abbey you will see, in that 2014's Madame Bovary is still a period drama in that wistful romantic sense. The latest in the long line of adaptations of Gustave Flaubert's novel, Madame Bovary sees Carmichael play second fiddle to Mia Wasikowska. The movie also star Paul Giamatti, and professional Tom Hardy lookalike, Logan Marshal-Green.
Maggie Smith (Lady Violet) in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
There are plenty of obvious choices I could pick to showcase the long and illustrious career of Maggie Smith, from modern harmless comedies to the Harry Potter movies. Instead, it's worth going back to the 60s to see where Smith staked her claim to being one of the most treasured British actresses ever. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is like Dead Poets Society meets Mary Poppins, and yes, Maggie Smith fits that role as well you'd think. You don't have to look closely to see she's barely changed at all!
Allen Leech (Tom Branson) in In Fear
In Fear is one of the most criminally overlooked horror movies in recent memory. The premise generally asks the question "what if you got lost navigating narrow country roads, and never stopped?" The movie masterfully builds tension without the threat of monsters or ghosts or any of the typical horror spookiness. You'll find yourself terrified at the prospect of a car door closing or a tree falling down. It's also nice to see Allen Leech in a slightly more sinister role, for we can enjoy him for his innocence all we like in Downton Abbey Season 6!
Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary) in The Hogfather, and Hanna
What with the performance she gives on Downton Abbey, you'd think Michelle Dockery would be playing snappy elitists left right and center, but she has a little humility in her. If literally playing the granddaughter of Death in the adaptation of Terry Pratchett's The Hogfather doesn't suit her, I don't know what does. You can also catch her posing as a fake Cate Blanchet in Joe Wright's brilliant spy movie, Hanna, where she meets a rather unfortunate end at the hands of Saoirse Ronan.
Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley) in The Guest
This movie might not seem like many a Downton Fan's cup of tea, though it's worth anyone checking out simply for being an exciting, audacious and gleefully stupid fusion of thriller and horror. I like to double-bill early episodes of Downton Abbey with The Guest, just to see the shocking difference between the relatively dumpy Matthew Crawly and the smoldering ball of masculinity he became for his role in this movie. If Dan Stevens is to snatch that coveted James Bond role some people are recommending him for, The Guest will have no doubt played helped out.
Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil) in Winter's Tale
[Winter's Tale](tag:382551) got panned by critics to a degree I'm not sure I've ever seen. It's the kind of schmultz and sentiment that seems to annoy people across the board, and I must say that the age difference between Jessica Brown Findlay and Colin Farrell is a little odd. This was her first leading role in a film of this scale, and I hope she gets another chance later on down the line. If you're interested in something a little more challenging that showcases Jessica's talents, I'd recommend her one-off stint on the brilliant Black Mirror!