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September 13, 2013

Downton Abbey Season 4 News - Lady Edith & Virginia Woolf!

The upcoming season of the hit period drama will include a cameo by the modernist writer, Virginia Woolf.


 Virginia Woolf (George C. Beresford/Hulton Archive); Christina Carty in in 'Belonging to Laura'
A character based on writer Virginia Woolf and played by actress Christina Carty,
will appear on the fourth season of 'Downton Abbey,'
possibly as part of Lady Edith's new adventures in journalism. 

The drama, which premieres in the U.K. later this month, will take a literary bent in its fourth season. Fleeing from the gloom at Downton Abbey, aspiring writer Lady Edith, the Forrest Gump of her day, will find herself rubbing elbows with Virginia Woolf and her Bloomsbury cohort.

Woolf will be portrayed by Christina Carty, though no word yet on whether she'd be wearing a prosthetic nose. "Downton Abbey" fans will recall that young Edith's had a tough go of it lately; let's hope things turn out happier for her than they did for poor old Virginia, the acclaimed author of "To The Lighthouse" and "Mrs. Dalloway," who committed suicide by drowning in 1941.

Historical events like the sinking of the Titanic, World War Iand the influenza epidemic of 1919 have played a pivotal role in the series, but the Crawley family and their servants are, sadly, all fictional.

The insertion of a real-life literary figure into the series fits with the new season's focus on the vibrant culture of the era. As previously reported, the Season 4 cast includes a young jazz musician as well as an opera singer.

As creator Julian Fellowes told the London Telegraph, “The fourth [season] is more about getting into the '20s: what young people wanted, the changes in music, the arrival of the movies, cars, transport and all of that stuff.”

Woolf, before making her name as a novelist, began as a journalist for the Time Literary Supplement. She also launched Hogarth Press with her husband Leonard Woolf in 1917. Perhaps Edith will pen a novel herself-she already has a room of her own.

The period drama will also feature other historical figures, such as Dame Nellie Melba, an Australian opera singer who performed at the wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles. In the series, Melba will be played by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, an actual opera singer from New Zealand.



The video below is a short compilation of recent cast interviews with a bit of background & clips from previous seasons to go along with season 4 hints.  Each character gives a little hint about where season 4 begins or what season 4 may have in store.

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Info from nydailynews.  Read more from this article  HERE.

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6 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for uploading all the DA seasons for us! Will you be uploading Season 4 when it airs in the UK next week??

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    1. I'm going to try. Believe it or not I've had someone raise a big stink about posting DA episodes and now the links may not be accessible. I wont know until next week. :(

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  2. I love that you posted this link because I have been wanting to show my daughter the little flag thingies.

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  3. oh no.....are the DA Episodes ALL GONE??

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    1. So far, I am still planning to post season 4, starting on the 22nd or the 23rd of this month.

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    2. Across the pond here, I devoured your post of the weekly airing of DA during series 3. I have been looking forward to sneaking a peak far before my state side friends. I'll be looking in to see if posts are going to be up. I can only pray so! Thanks for bringing us such entertaining and unknow (at least over here) insider info about the marvelous show.

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