Downton Abbey Season 4 Casting Scoop: [Spoiler]'s Getting a New Suitor!

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Downton Abbey Season 4Unless you want to risk doing a spit take with your afternoon tea, American fans of Downton Abbey may want to skip over this story. The rest of you, however, will be keenly interested to learn that, in Season 4, Lady Mary will be getting a new…

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As you may have heard — certainly if you’re overseas — Dan Stevens, aka Matthew, bowed out of the hit series at the end of the third season. And, since Lady Mary wouldn’t be Lady Mary without a gentleman by her side, the show is looking for a (naturally!) handsome thirtysomething actor to come courting as Lord Anthony Gillingham.

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From what we gather, her would-be suitor is not only a looker, he also has a winning personality. (So winning, in fact, that there’s already talk that he could return for Season 5!)

Abbey EP Gareth Neame told TVLine in a recent interview that Steven’s exit created a “dramatic opportunity” for Michelle Dockery’s alter ego, adding, “In any relationship drama, the will-they-or-won’t-they is always more interesting than married couples. So actually what we’ve been able to do is reset [Lady Mary]. She has to start again, and that will be much more interesting.”

What do you think? Could any chap ever replace Matthew? And if so, who? Since the show is likely to hire a Brit, Henry “Superman” Cavill comes to mind. And so does Orlando Bloom. But, given their movie-star status, they might be a bit pricey, even for the Crawleys. Sound off with your picks below!

Comments (349)

  • Yannick Bisson would be awesome in DOWNTON ABBEY.

    Comment by Rachel – July 4, 2013 10:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Instead of a new guy, why not someone from the past?? Someone Mary already knows and trusts, someone that has shown that cares for her and we know has a good character: Evelyn Napier!! Maybe he could come closer to her again and the affection could arise again! It would be second best, as Mary said once!
    For me I think would be a nice substitut for Matthew, an easy and calm substitution! I´m not interesset in a new sweeping love story for Mary, she had the real thing with Matthew!

    Comment by SMRS – July 10, 2013 06:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Daniel Craig. Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes, gorgeous. Soft spoken Englishman. Looking at him I see some of “Matthew”. He would be perfect.

    Comment by Elizabeth Bradshaw – January 27, 2014 08:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really think Lord Gilinghamis the perfect match for Mary he understands Mary he understands the business side of Downton Abbey etc.

    Comment by Trina Henry – January 29, 2014 07:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ve been saying right along that Mary’s new suitor should have been Clive Owen. He was SMASHING in Gosford Park, has a feel for manor life, and is DEVASTATINGLY handsome!!!

    Comment by Susan – February 10, 2014 12:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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