By Mark Jefferies
September 11, 2013
Lady Mary Crawley will replace the loss of her husband Matthew with at least THREE new men in her life, the Downton Abbey boss has revealed.
Widow Mary, played by Michelle Dockery, will begin the new series later this month on ITV wearing black and looking broken.
But she will slowly return to her old self - partly thanks to three handsome men.
Executive producer Gareth Neame said: “The spine of the new season is how Mary moves from total bereavement into turning to life again.
“We do see quite a bit of the Mary she was before she met Matthew, that icy iron-maiden quality.
“It’s going to take an awful lot to get her back to life.”
According to US magazine TV Guide, the start of her rehabilitation comes in episode two when the dashing Lord Gillingham, played by Tom Cullen, comes to Downton for a lavish house party in the second episode and offers Mary advice on inheritance taxes.
“Mary is not looking for anyone to replace Matthew, but she is, of course, a beautiful, eligible young widow, so inevitably there is going to be quite a lot of male interest,” Neame says.
“Gillingham is a very useful friend to Mary at a time when she’s not able to make decisions.”
In the third episode, Mary’s loved ones convince her to leave the house and venture away from Downton.
She accompanies Branson, Rose and Aunt Rosamund to London’s Lotus jazz club, where she meets suave black singer Jack Ross (played by Gary Carr) from Chicago.
Neame added: “Ross is very positive, ambitious and charming. And we get to see him perform.”
The third character to help change Mary and her mood is Charles Blake, played by Julian Ovenden, although they do not get on well and he only enrages her initially.
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