Julian Fellowes Plans ‘Downton’ Prequel on How Robert and Cora Met

A ‘Downton’ prequel in the works? (Photo: Masterpiece)

Once the hit series Downton Abbey comes to its inevitable end, there may be more story to be told about the period drama’s memorable characters. Writer/creator Julian Fellowes is planning a prequel to his hit series about the young relationship of the Earl of Grantham and Lady Cora, BBC NEWS reports. He told a BAFTA Screenwriters’ Lecture that he’s thinking about writing the story in novel form, but it is thought to be almost guaranteed to be adapted to television, given the global success of the series.

“I do actually have an idea of doing a prequel of the courtship of Robert and Cora, when all those American heiresses were arriving in London,” he said.

“They had a slightly troubled courtship, because she was in love with him before they married, as we know, and he married her entirely for her money. I sort of feel there’s something quite nice in there because he’s a decent cove, and so he feels rather guilty about this which has affected their marriage beyond that.”

We’ve been racking our brains to cast the prequel, which would naturally star younger actors in the roles currently inhabited by Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern. Can you think of British actors and American actresses (in the collegiate age range) working now that could capture the essence of Robert and Cora? And who would dare take on the role of Robert’s mother, the formidable Dowager Countess so hilariously embodied by Dame Maggie Smith? Tell us below:

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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