What Makes ‘Downton Abbey’ Relatable to Many Cultures and Generations — According to a Cast Member

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Downton Abbey is a sequence fashionable internationally. How did a present about among the most privileged individuals in England turn into successful throughout cultures? Downton Abbey forged member Hugh Bonneville has an concept.

‘Downton Abbey’ star on why the present is fashionable world wide: the characters attempt to be good

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The forged of Downton Abbey: Jim Carter, Raquel Cassidy, Kevin Doyle, Phyllis Logan and Brendan Coyle | Jaap Buitendijk/Focus Features, LLC

When Downton Abbey forged member Hugh Bonneville was interviewied by  SAGA in 2019, he acknowledged that the present is “complete escapism.”

“It’s a world that, if it did exist, was limited to a tiny section of the population,” the actor mentioned. Still, the tales on Downton Abbey are fashionable everywhere in the globe.

“… we can’t get away from the fact that it has a huge following across the world in cultures and societies and political structures as varied as Brazil and China,” Bonneville advised the publication.

One common side, the Downton star believes, is that each character on the sequence strives in direction of being a great particular person.

“Even our villains,” Bonneville mentioned. The Downton Abbey actor continued:

We know they’re flawed individuals put right into a place on the planet the place life made them do these items, however someplace in them there’s a goodness, or an try and make their lives higher. That is the center of Downton.

Cast member Hugh Bonneville says the British drama sequence touched many followers on an emotional stage

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Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery on the set of the Downton Abbey film | Jaap Buitendijk / Focus Features

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In the identical interview, Bonneville apparently received “emotional” remembering fan letters; many wrote the forged that “Downton has helped them by tough occasions.” The actor recalled:

I had a couple of letter saying ‘Downton jogs my memory of when my gran died. We watched the entire sequence as she was passing as a result of it’s the one factor she wished to do.’

That’s why Bonneville believes Downton Abbey is greater than only a TV present.

“Yes, it is a fantasy,” he acknowledged, “but it’s not so far out of reach in terms of memory. It’s my grandparents’ generation.”

Many viewers in that era — or with family members in that era — admire the historic particulars added all through Downton Abbey.

“… you’ve got nice little touches each series,” Bonneville mentioned, “like the invention of the electric whisk or the hairdryer.”

‘Downton Abbey’ creator Julian Fellowes on the love — and the two characters that greatest embody it over 6 seasons

The creator of Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes, advised the web site WLIW that the important thing to the present is straightforward.

“The spine of the series is love,” Fellowes defined. “All of the characters are given an opportunity to feel love, to turn love down, to love the wrong person, to make a mess of it, to make a good thing of it.”

However, the Downton Abbey author/creator wished like to be a spotlight of the present.

“I think on the whole love is a very key ingredient to all our lives, even if we haven’t got any,” he mentioned.

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Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Grantham and Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham in Downton Abbey | Jaap Buitendijk / © 2019 Focus Features, LLC

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“The central marriage of Downton Abbey is that of Robert and Cora, performed by Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern,” the positioning argues. The two characters’ “deep understanding and affection for one another” stands out — and “grows over the course of 6 seasons.”

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