We've just learned that Shirley MacLaine has joined the cast of Downton Abbey for its third season, which premieres on UK network ITV this fall! U.S. audiences will be able to check out the show on PBS' Masterpiece Classic in early 2013.
Shirley is set to star as Martha Levinson, the "mother of American-born Lady Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern)."
"My late grandfather directed Shirley MacLaine in Gambit in 1966 so it is a delight for me that she will be joining us on Downton Abbey."
How sweet! We wish Shirley and the entire show's cast/crew luck with the upcoming season…although we're sure they'll be just fine AND they'll prob win like a thousand more awards!
Will U check out Shirley MacLaine when she joins Downton Abbey???
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