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

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...

15 PHOTOS
Dowton Abby
See Gallery
No romance for 'Downton Abbey' in-laws, say actors
Allen Leech attends the “Downton Abbey” PBS 2014 Summer TCA held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
In this image released by PBS, Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley, left, and Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary are shown in a scene from the second season on "Downton Abbey." (AP Photo/PBS, Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011 for MASTERPIECE)
From left to right, Actors Allen Leech, Michelle Dockery and Rob James-Collier pose for photographers as they arrive for the Changing Faces Gala Dinner, on Thursday, March 27, 2014 in London. The Gala has been organised to raise funds for Changing Faces, a charity that supports and represents people with conditions that affect their appearance. (Photo by John Phillips/Invision/AP Images)
This undated publicity photo provided by PBS shows Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley, left, and Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley, from the TV series, "Downton Abbey." The third season premiere airs in the U.S. on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 on PBS. (AP Photo/PBS, Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE, Nick Briggs)
This photo released by PBS and Carnival Film and Television Limited shows Rob James-Collier as Thomas in a scene from season four of the Masterpiece TV series, "Downton Abbey." As it returns for its much-awaited fourth season, it remains a series about elegance, tradition and gentility, and the pressures of preserving them. The show premieres Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9 pm ET on PBS. (AP Photo/PBS/Masterpiece, Nick Briggs)
This photo released by PBS and Carnival Film and Television Limited shows Charles Edwards as Michael Gregson and Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith in a scene from season four of the Masterpiece TV series, "Downton Abbey." As it returns for its much-awaited fourth season, it remains a series about elegance, tradition and gentility, and the pressures of preserving them. The show premieres Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9 pm ET on PBS. (AP Photo/PBS/Masterpiece, Nick Briggs)
This photo released by PBS and Carnival Film and Television Limited shows Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary in a scene from season four of the Masterpiece TV series, "Downton Abbey." As it returns for its much-awaited fourth season, it remains a series about elegance, tradition and gentility, and the pressures of preserving them. The show premieres Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9 pm ET on PBS. (AP Photo/PBS/Masterpiece, Nick Briggs)
This photo released by PBS and Carnival Film and Television Limited shows, from left, Lesley Nicol as Mrs. Patmore, and Sophie McShera as Daisy, in a scene from season four of the Masterpiece TV series, "Downton Abbey." As it returns for its much-awaited fourth season, it remains a series about elegance, tradition and gentility, and the pressures of preserving them. The show premieres Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9 pm ET on PBS. (AP Photo/PBS/Masterpiece, Nick Briggs)
This photo released by PBS and Carnival Film and Television Limited shows Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary in a scene from the Masterpiece TV series, "Downton Abbey." As it returns Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, for its much-awaited fourth season, "Downton Abbey" remains a series about elegance, tradition and gentility, and the pressures of preserving them. (AP Photo/PBS/Masterpiece, Nick Briggs)
FILE - This undated file publicity image provided by PBS shows Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham, left, and Jim Carter as Mr. Carson from the popular series "Downton Abbey." The fourth season of "Downton Abbey" will debut Sunday, Jan 5, 2014. (AP Photo/PBS, Josh Barratt)
In this image released by PBS, Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess Grantham, is shown in a scene from the second season on "Downton Abbey." Smith was nominated for a Golden Globe award for best supporting actress in mini-series or TV movie for her role in the series, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/PBS, Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011 for MASTERPIECE, Nick Briggs)
In this image released by PBS, Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley, left, and Zoe Boyle as Lavinia Swire are shown in a scene from the second season of "Downton Abbey." The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and airing live on ABC. (AP Photo/PBS, Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011 for MASTERPIECE, Nick Briggs)
In this image released by PBS, Joanne Frogatt as Anna Smith, left, and Amy Nuttall as Ethel are shown in a scene from the second season on "Downton Abbey." Frogatt was nominated for an Emmy award on Thursday, July 19, 2012 for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series. The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and airing live on ABC. (AP Photo/PBS, Carnival Film & Television Limited 2011 for MASTERPIECE, Nick Briggs)
This undated publicity photo provided by PBS shows, from left, Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Grantham, Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham, Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley, Penelope Wilton as Isobel Crawley, Allen Leech as Tom Branson, Jim Carter as Mr. Carson, and Phyllis Logan as Mrs. Hughes, from the TV series, "Downton Abbey." The show was nominated for a Golden Globe for best drama series on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. The 71st annual Golden Globes will air on Sunday, Jan. 12. (AP Photo/PBS, Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE, Nick Briggs)
Michelle Dockery arrives at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION



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.

Read Full Story

People are Reading