'Downton Abbey' star heads on US tour with band

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'Downton Abbey' star heads on US tour with band
ROME, ITALY - JULY 12: Sadie & The Hotheads' singer Elizabeth McGovern performs during the Hard Rock Live at Piazza Del Popolo on July 12, 2014 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JULY 12: Sadie & The Hotheads' singer Elizabeth McGovern performs during the Hard Rock Live at Piazza Del Popolo on July 12, 2014 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JULY 12: Sadie & The Hotheads' singer Elizabeth McGovern performs during the Hard Rock Live at Piazza Del Popolo on July 12, 2014 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JULY 12: Sadie & The Hotheads' singer Elizabeth McGovern performs during the Hard Rock Live at Piazza Del Popolo on July 12, 2014 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JULY 12: Sadie & The Hotheads' singer Elizabeth McGovern performs during the Hard Rock Live at Piazza Del Popolo on July 12, 2014 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JULY 12: Sadie & The Hotheads' singer Elizabeth McGovern performs during the Hard Rock Live at Piazza Del Popolo on July 12, 2014 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JULY 12: Sadie & The Hotheads' singer Elizabeth McGovern performs during the Hard Rock Live at Piazza Del Popolo on July 12, 2014 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JULY 12: Sadie & The Hotheads' singer Elizabeth McGovern performs during the Hard Rock Live at Piazza Del Popolo on July 12, 2014 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 01: Elizabeth McGovern of Sadie and The Hotheads performs on stage at Wychwood Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on June 1, 2014 in Cheltenham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harry Herd/Redferns via Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 01: Elizabeth McGovern of Sadie and The Hotheads performs on stage at Wychwood Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on June 1, 2014 in Cheltenham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harry Herd/Redferns via Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 01: Elizabeth McGovern of Sadie and The Hotheads poses back stage at Wychwood Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on June 1, 2014 in Cheltenham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harry Herd/Redferns via Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 01: Elizabeth McGovern of Sadie and The Hotheads performs on stage at Wychwood Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on June 1, 2014 in Cheltenham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harry Herd/Redferns via Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 01: Elizabeth McGovern of Sadie and The Hotheads performs on stage at Wychwood Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on June 1, 2014 in Cheltenham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harry Herd/Redferns via Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 01: Elizabeth McGovern of Sadie and The Hotheads performs on stage at Wychwood Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on June 1, 2014 in Cheltenham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harry Herd/Redferns via Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 01: Elizabeth McGovern of Sadie and The Hotheads performs on stage at Wychwood Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on June 1, 2014 in Cheltenham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harry Herd/Redferns via Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 01: Elizabeth McGovern of Sadie and The Hotheads performs on stage at Wychwood Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on June 1, 2014 in Cheltenham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harry Herd/Redferns via Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 01: Elizabeth McGovern of Sadie and The Hotheads performs on stage at Wychwood Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on June 1, 2014 in Cheltenham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harry Herd/Redferns via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Elizabeth McGovern attends the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at Theatre Royal on May 18, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Elizabeth McGovern attends the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at Theatre Royal on May 18, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 18: Elizabeth McGovern attends the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at Theatre Royal on May 18, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Elizabeth McGovern attends the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards held at the Theatre Royal on May 18, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 12: Elizabeth McGovern attends The Radio Academy Awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel on May 12, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Elizabeth McGovern attends The Radio Academy Awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel on May 12, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 12: Elizabeth McGovern (bag detail) attends The Radio Academy Awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel on May 12, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Elizabeth McGovern attends the launch of Alain Ducasse's Rivea restaurant at The Bulgari Hotel on May 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for The Bulgari Hotel)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Elizabeth McGovern attends the launch of Alain Ducasse's Rivea restaurant at The Bulgari Hotel on May 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for The Bulgari Hotel)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Elizabeth McGovern attends the preview of The Glamour of Italian Fashion exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum on April 1, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Elizabeth McGovern attends the preview of The Glamour of Italian Fashion exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum on April 1, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Elizabeth McGovern (Bag detail) attends the preview of The Glamour of Italian Fashion exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum on April 1, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Elizabeth McGovern performs with her band Sadie And The Hotheads at Hammersmith Apollo on March 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Elizabeth McGovern performs with her band Sadie And The Hotheads at Hammersmith Apollo on March 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Elizabeth McGovern performs with her band Sadie And The Hotheads at Hammersmith Apollo on March 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Elizabeth McGovern performs with her band Sadie And The Hotheads at Hammersmith Apollo on March 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Elizabeth McGovern performs with her band Sadie And The Hotheads at Hammersmith Apollo on March 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Elizabeth McGovern poses backstage before performing with her band Sadie And The Hotheads at Hammersmith Apollo on March 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Elizabeth McGovern attends an evening celebrating the Global Fund featuring the first green carpet challenge at Apsley House on September 16, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Elizabeth McGovern attends an evening celebrating the Global Fund featuring the first green carpet challenge at Apsley House on September 16, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Elizabeth McGovern attends an evening celebrating with The Global Fund featuring the first green carpet challenge at Apsley House on September 16, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 21: Elizabeth McGovern of Sadie and the Hotheads performs on stage at The Hippodrome on November 21, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gus Stewart/Redferns via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 21: Elizabeth McGovern of Sadie and the Hotheads performs on stage at The Hippodrome on November 21, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gus Stewart/Redferns via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 21: Elizabeth McGovern of Sadie and the Hotheads performs on stage at The Hippodrome on November 21, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gus Stewart/Redferns via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Elizabeth McGovern photographed in her dressing room backstage after performing with her band Sadie And The Hotheads at Hammersmith Apollo on March 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Elizabeth McGovern photographed backstage after performing with her band Sadie And The Hotheads at Hammersmith Apollo on March 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 10: (L-R) Joanne Froggatt, Elizabeth McGovern and Michelle Dockery arrive at an evening with 'Downton Abbey' held at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on June 10, 2013 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13: Actress Elizabeth McGovern and Laura Carmichael attend a Downton Abbey screening at the Mayfair Hotel on August 13, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/FilmMagic)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 10: Elizabeth McGovern arrives at an evening with 'Downton Abbey' held at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on June 10, 2013 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 10: (L-R) Joanne Froggatt, Elizabeth McGovern and Michelle Dockery arrive at an evening with 'Downton Abbey' held at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on June 10, 2013 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 10: Actresses Michelle Dockery (L) and Elizabeth McGovern arrive at the 'Downton Abbey' talent panel Q&A at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on June 10, 2013 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 10: Actresses Joanne Froggatt, Elizabeth McGovern and Michelle Dockery attend an evening with 'Downton Abbey' at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on June 10, 2013 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 10: (L-R) Creator Julian Fellowes, actors Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Robert James-Collier, Phyllis Logan, Joanne Froggatt, and executive producer Gareth Neame arrive at an evening with 'Downton Abbey' at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on June 10, 2013 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 10: Actress Elizabeth McGovern attends an evening with 'Downton Abbey' at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on June 10, 2013 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 21: Elizabeth McGovern attends the press night for 'The Book of Mormon' at Prince Of Wales Theatre on March 21, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 21: Elizabeth McGovern attends the press night for 'The Book of Mormon' at Prince Of Wales Theatre on March 21, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 21: Elizabeth McGovern attends the press night for 'The Book of Mormon' at Prince Of Wales Theatre on March 21, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 17: Elizabeth McGovern of Sadie And The Hotheads performs on stage at the Union Chapel on February 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by C Brandon/Redferns via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 17: Elizabeth McGovern of Sadie And The Hotheads performs on stage at the Union Chapel on February 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by C Brandon/Redferns via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) (L to R) Zoe Tapper, Elizabeth McGovern and Felicity Jones attend a Gala Screening of 'Cheerful Weather For The Wedding' at the Empire Leicester Square on January 9, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Actress Elizabeth McGovern enters the 'Today Show' taping at the NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on December 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Elizabeth McGovern appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Elizabeth McGovern attends a Gala Screening of 'Cheerful Weather For The Wedding' at the Empire Leicester Square on January 9, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06: Elizabeth McGovern of Sadie and the Hotheads performs the on the first night of their November residency at The Troubadour on November 6, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Matt Kent/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) (L to R) Joanne Froggatt, Elizabeth McGovern and Gillian Anderson sit in the front row during the Mulberry Spring/Summer 2013 Show during London Fashion Week at Claridge's on September 18, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) (L to R) Jessica Ennis, Romola Garai, Joanne Froggatt, Elizabeth McGovern, Gillian Anderson, Olivia Palermo and Vanessa Kirby sit in the front row during the Mulberry Spring/Summer 2013 Show during London Fashion Week at Claridge's on September 18, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 21: Actress Elizabeth McGovern attends the 'Downton Abbey' photo call at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 21, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 21: Actress Elizabeth McGovern attends the 'Downton Abbey' photo call at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 21, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEWPORT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 23: Mike Peters and Elizabeth Mcgovern of Big Country performs on stage during the Isle of Wight Festival at Seaclose Park on June 23, 2012 in Newport, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Holloway/Redferns via Getty Images)
NEWPORT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 23: Mike Peters and Elizabeth Mcgovern of Big Country performs on stage during the Isle of Wight Festival at Seaclose Park on June 23, 2012 in Newport, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Holloway/Redferns via Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 07: Actress Elizabeth McGovern arrives at the 40th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Shirley MacLaine held at Sony Pictures Studios on June 7, 2012 in Culver City, California. The AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to Shirley MacLaine will premiere on TV Land on Saturday, June 24 at 9PM ET/PST. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 07: Actress Elizabeth McGovern arrives at the 40th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Shirley MacLaine held at Sony Pictures Studios on June 7, 2012 in Culver City, California. The AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to Shirley MacLaine will premiere on TV Land on Saturday, June 24 at 9PM ET/PST. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: Elizabeth McGovern attends the 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted' Premiere during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 18, 2012 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: Elizabeth McGovern attends the 'Once Upon A Time' Premiere during 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival during at Palais des Festivals on May 18, 2012 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Actress Elizabeth McGovern attends the 'Cheerful Weather For The Wedding' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Actress Elizabeth McGovern attends the 'Cheerful Weather For The Wedding' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: A detailed view Actress Elizabeth McGovern's bag and bracelet as she attends the Orange British Academy Film Awards 2012 at the Royal Opera House on February 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Actress Elizabeth McGovern attends the Orange British Academy Film Awards 2012 at the Royal Opera House on February 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 12: Elizabeth McGovern attends the Orange British Academy Film Awards at The Royal Opera House on February 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
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NEW YORK (AP) - "Downton Abbey" won't be the only place fans can see Elizabeth McGovern this winter: The show's star is heading on a tour with her folk-rock band in December.

McGovern is the lead singer for Sadie and the Hotheads, which embarks on its first U.S. tour Dec. 4 in Washington. The 10-date tour wraps Dec. 14 in Hartford, Connecticut.

McGovern plays the role of American heiress Cora Crawley, the Countess of Grantham, on the hit "Downton Abbey," which has its fifth season premiere on Jan. 4. The timing of the tour and the show's return is a coincidence, McGovern said.

"It's a slightly funny experience for fans of the show to come hear the music because it's such a different world to the show itself," McGovern told The Associated Press on Sunday. "When we first started touring there would be a lot of people carrying 'Downtown Abbey' books ... and I could see a look of surprise on their faces because it isn't what you expect. I mean it's not a classical quartet of violins."

The PBS series has earned the 53-year-old actress Golden Globe and Emmy nominations.

Sadie and the Hotheads have performed in Europe. The seven-member group released their debut album in 2007 and dropped their third album, "Still Waiting," earlier this year.

"It's an eclectic mix of songs in terms of musical genre," she said.

McGovern received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress for her role in the 1981 movie "Ragtime." She has appeared onstage in New York and London.

"I think it's coming at the right time since we slowly built experience with each other," she said of performing in America. "I feel like we're more ready than we've ever been ... I go there with more confidence than I would have in the past."

Their 2012 album, "How Not to Lose Things," featured guest vocals from Michelle Dockery, who plays McGovern's eldest daughter, Lady Mary Crawley, on "Downton Abbey."

"There's a lot of her spirit in that album," McGovern said.

McGovern said fans can expect "rich" and "textured" moments from the upcoming season of "Downton."

Sadie and the Hotheads' tour will visit New York City; Newark, New Jersey; and Annapolis, Maryland. Most tickets go on sale Friday.

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