If you thought sassy pants Dame Maggie Smith is a piece of work on Downton Abbey, wait – JUST wait – until Shirley MacLaine comes to North Yorkshire. Come season three (which will begin filming next week), which airs in September in Britain (later on for us Yanks. Thanks for shutting down, Megavideo), the Oscar winner will play Lady Grantham’s mother, Martha Levinson.
MacLaine’s character comes allll the way from the “colonies” to visit her daughter (played by Elizabeth McGovern), according to Gawker, and we can only imagine what the Dowager Countess will have to say when the American arrives.
I really hope MacLaine gives Thomas a good shake, that rat.
The first season of Downton Abbey is available on Netfix Instant Stream.