Here is the key art – a group cast photo – for series 3 of Downton Abbey, which will premiere on ITV in the UK in September, and in the US on PBS in January 2013 (check your local listings). Also included is a photo of Shirley MacLaine plus some background on her new character.
Martha Levinson (Shirley MacLaine)
Magnificent in her lack of deference, Coraʼs mother, Martha, sweeps into
Downton for Mary and Matthewʼs wedding and her arrival causes a stir above
and below stairs. Her late husband Isidore, a dry goods millionaire from
Cincinnati, left her a fortune and she enjoys her money. But, unlike Violet, she
is not afraid of the future and she advises the family not to try to hold on to the
past, when they are bound to be defeated. In other words, her philosophies are
diametrically opposed to Violetʼs.
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