The first teaser trailer for Downton Abbey Season 5 has been released, all 20 glorious seconds of it, and of course they’re giving away nothing. A few new stars have been announced for Season 5. Richard E. Grant will play art historian Simon Bricker. Anna Chancellor – who recently guest-starred on Penny Dreadful, will play The Dowager Lady Anstruther, Jimmy’s former employer. Rade Sherbedgia will play the role of Kuragin, Russian refugee who has fled to England. Former Coronation Street star Sue Johnston will be playing Denker, lady’s maid to Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess Grantham. And reprising their roles this season will be Dame Harriet Walter as Lady Shackleton and Peter Egan as Lord Flintshire.
Lesley Nichol, who portrays Mrs. Padmore, has said there will be no more major deaths this season. “There aren’t any plans for any big characters to die this year. There has been such a big fuss in the past, especially with Matthew Crawley. I think it would be very unwise to do any more deaths because the viewers don’t like them.”