Fans of Downton Abbey, and specifically fans of the delightfully imperious Violet Crawley, can put down their hankies – we might be seeing more of the Dowager Countess yet.
The show’s creator, Julian Fellowes, has slated a spin-off/prequel to Downton Abbey, called The Gilded Age. It’s expected to focus on high society families in New York in the late 19th century, and Lord Fellowes teased us all on the weekend with this little tid-bit about the show,
“Robert Grantham would be in his early teens, Cora would be a child. A young Violet could make an appearance.”
Can you imagine? What would a young Violet be like? Would she have a sharp tongue or did she develop that later when she grew tired of being ‘nice’? In any case, we have a feeling that Violet Crawley has had a very, very interesting life.
However, if we are to see a young Violet Crawley, will the indomitable Maggie Smith play her? Can makeup and camera effects please make her 50 years younger? Because, really, it’s difficult to imagine Violet Crawley without her and why would we even bother?
It was announced last month that the next series of the beloved series would be its last. Lore Fellowes said of Downton’s successful run,
“The Downton journey has been amazing for everyone aboard. People ask if we knew what was going to happen when we started to make the first series and the answer is that, of course, we had no idea.
“Exactly why the series had such an impact and reached so many people around the world, all nationalities, all ages, all types, I cannot begin to explain.
“But I do know how grateful we are to have been allowed this unique experience.”