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No romance for 'Downton Abbey' in-laws, say actors

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Michelle Dockery and Allen Leech of "Downton Abbey" say Cupid's arrow is not headed for their characters.

While talking to a TV Critics' panel Tuesday, the actors said they find it "very funny" some fans are hoping for a romantic pairing for in-laws Lady Mary Crawley and Tom Branson.

Both characters are widowed and have become confidantes in their grief.

"Their friendship has really grown," said Dockery, who reminded that at one point her aristocratic TV alter ego couldn't fathom the idea of having a chauffeur marrying her sister.

In season five of the British drama, premiering Jan. 4 on PBS, that bond will strengthen as they work to preserve their country estate.

"They're after the same thing for 'Downton.' Sustainability," said Leech. "You definitely get the idea they get together on a united front with the idea of making sure 'Downton' is going to be around."

It's not all business though, says Dockery, who says they're also "both looking for love."

"But not with each other," quipped Leech.

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linksriffs July 24 2014 at 8:56 AM

I love the storyline of "Mary's men" and they both seem to be completely in love with her. The writer cannot seem to get it right for Tom, however. I wish they would stop with these women characters that play upon "his guilt" of his new life. I find the school teacher as objectionable as the maid. Julian Fellows needs to put Tom in the role of pursuer again. As for Tom with Mary -- no way. They must remain fast friends and more and mor elike brother and sister.

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Laurie July 23 2014 at 11:08 AM

I'm sorry this romance won't happen. I've been hoping for it since Matthew's car crash.

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albalass July 23 2014 at 11:25 AM

"Both looking for love, but not with each other". Doesn't that make for WONDERFUL drama though? Heck, that could last for season after season just as the Michael Crawley romance did.

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zweepz July 23 2014 at 3:50 PM

I've never wanted a romance between Tom and Mary. Tom deserves better.

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Anne July 24 2014 at 9:55 AM

So looking forward to this wonderful series return. Wish it's season was longer.

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arlene Anne July 24 2014 at 11:07 AM

Agree with you Annie. I would like to see a
longer season also.

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arlene July 24 2014 at 11:05 AM

when does Downton Abbey start this season on PBS?

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