Carnival Films and ITV announced Monday that the actress Shirley MacLaine will join the series for its third season. In addition she will be the second American in the British drama series.
Shirley MacLaine will play Martha Levinson, the American mother of Lady Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern) and will join the cast as they begin shooting the new season which is scheduled to do so early next month as did the two first few seasons.
For the third season seems all in the family, the executive producer Gareth Neame has told the media: "My grandfather went to Shirley MacLaine in Gambit in 1966. It is a pleasure for me to join the cast of Downton Abbey". With this motivation should make a third season even better than the previous two that have already been a success.
The third season, which apparently will focus on the mid-20's, about 18 months total time in which Crawley, the Grantham and his servants will live the consequences of the war. Is expected to be released in the UK from September.
"Downton Abbey" is in its second season in the U.S. in Masterpiece Classic. The last episode was a British audience of 20 percent while in the U.S. increased by nearly 30 percent with a premiere of 4.2 million viewers.
In early January, Downton Abbey won the Golden Globe for best television series.
It is not known even if the third season will be the last because the creator had told British media that he saw that "Downton Abbey" spend a third season, he did not want to start using special aging makeup to actors due to the large over the years in the series.