By Ghana News -SpyGhana.com
Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Allen Leech and Laura Carmichael have signed new three-year ‘Downton Abbey’ deals.
Show bosses have handed the pair – who portray Lord and Lady Grantham in the ITV period drama – huge contracts in a bid to stop them leaving for Hollywood, and Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley), Allen Leech (Tom Branson) and Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith Crawley) have also put pen to paper on new deals.
A source told The Sun newspaper: “Downton’s charm is tradition so bosses were desperate to secure the show’s big names. All the major characters are now on big deals.
“It was also important to keep Allen. His role has grown considerably since he started as the chauffeur and you will see him more and more.”
Allen’s role on the show is to increase in the forthcoming fourth series with Tom growing closer to Mary following the death of her husband Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) from a car crash on Christmas Day (25.12.12).
The source added: “The relationship with Tom and Mary gets stronger as they’re unified with their grief.
“Tom understands what she’s going through and tries to help her through that mire of grief and sorrow.
“The show for Tom this year sees him find his place within that household.”
Several stars, including former ‘EastEnders’ actor Nigel Harman, have joined the cast following Matthew’s departure and Allen believes the new additions have brought a fresh feel to ‘Downton’.