Updates on Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens and Elizabeth McGovern

Tea Time Tidbit for the week of November 13, 2017

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Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens

Dan Stevens, who starred as Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey, continues to keep busy. Since leaving the series in 2012, he's appeared on stage, has made numerous audio recordings, been seen in a couple of TV shows in the U.K., is onto a second series of a U.S. made program that airs on the FX channel, and has somehow also managed to be in FOURTEEN films!

The Man Who Invented Christmas is Stevens's latest film. In it he stars as Charles Dickens during a specific time in the writer's life – the six week period which lead to the creation of A Christmas Carol. The film opens November 22nd and also stars Christopher Plummer and Jonathan Pryce.

When Stevens left Downton Abbey he said it was to "do other things" and he certainly seems to have achieved his goal. He also moved from London to New York and added two more children to the one he and his wife already had. It was for his family that he says he took on the role of the Beast in Beauty and the Beast, with Emma Watson playing Beauty, a couple of years ago.

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Elizabeth McGovern

Just as The Man Who Invented Christmas opens, Elizabeth McGovern, who played Stevens' on-screen mom—in-law, Cora Crawley in Downton will be readying to take her final bow on Broadway in a play called Time and the Conways. This was the 56 year old actress's first time in 20 years being on stage and she has reportedly loved it!

Next up for McGovern is a film based on one of my favorite books - The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty. It's set in the early 1920's and McGovern plays a Kansas housewife who agrees to chaperone a 15-year-old local dancer, the beautiful Louise Brooks, to New York for the summer. The film, which will be released in movie theatres next year, before being shown on PBS, is being produced by MASTERPIECE. It was adapted for the big screen by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and according to McGovern "it's turned out very well".

You can see Part 1 of Season 4 of Downton Abbey, Sunday, November 19 at 8pm on MPT2/Create and at 9pm tune into MPT for Poldark Season 3.

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