Sue Johnston to join ‘Downton Abbey’ cast

Downton Abbey - Sue JohnstonSummer is always a time for casting announcement after casting announcement as Downton Abbey films its upcoming series, and today we have some fun news. Sue Johnston (best known for The Royle Family, and Coronation Street) will be joining the series as the lady’s maid for the Dowager Countess Grantham (played by the amazing Dame Maggie Smith).

I’ll admit, the best part of this is the idea that we’ll get more shenanigans from the Dowager Countess, because Smith is easily the best part of the show.

Downton Abbey will return to UK screens in the fall, and the US in early 2015.