Thursday, September 19, 2013


Romance: Lady Edith and Gregson share a kiss

PUBLISHED: 18:12 EST, 18 September 2013 | UPDATED: 06:10 EST, 19 September 2013

She has done her utmost to resist the charms of married newspaper editor Michael Gregson so far.

But Lady Edith Crawley is seen finally giving into temptation and giving her long-term crush a passionate kiss in images from the first episode of the fourth series of Downton Abbey, which premieres on Sunday.

Viewers will watch Lady Edith transform from dowdy to glamorous as she embraces her new life and romance in London as a newspaper columnist in the new series, set in 1922 just as the roaring twenties are getting underway.

But while Lady Edith shows her more illicit side, her older sister Lady Mary Crawley, played by Michelle Dockery, is struggling to come to terms with the death of her husband Matthew.

It marks a switch in character for the two sisters, who were first introduced to the ITV audience as the free-willed eldest Mary whose first time in the sack with a man ended with his death, while Edith quietly pined for the future heir of the Abbey.

 But with so many changes, loves and loss leading to their present day in 1922, the roles have reversed for the two women as they negotiatie life in a new decade. Lady Mary is now a mourning widow with a baby after her husband Matthew, formerly played by Dan Stevens, was killed in a car crash.

And while new male characters have been introduced as potential love interests for the eldest daughter of Lord and Lady Grantham, from the initial photos, it looks as though no man could tempt her in her widowed state.

However she will find some solidarity in Tom Branson, played by Allan Leech, who also lost his wife and Mary's sister Sybil, and is now the single parent of a little girl. Dockery has opened up about this series, revealing Lady Mary Crawley 'will never move on' from Matthew Crawley's death.

Michelle doesn't expect her alter-ego to ever be the same again following the shock death of her husband - who was played by Dan Stevens - in a car crash on Christmas Day last year, despite revealing her character spends the ITV period drama's forthcoming fourth series trying to find a new husband.


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