First Look: Downton Abbey Season 5

8.15.2014

By Michelle Ehrhardt

The period drama gives eager audiences a peak into its upcoming season

Photos: PBS

Even though we have to wait until January to watch season 5 of the Masterpiece Classic series Downton Abbey, PBS has released a new batch of photos, which reveal some upcoming changes.

New additions to the cast include Fifi Hart as Sybbie Branson and Oliver and Zac Barker as George Crawley, now that both characters having aged out of infancy. Also joining the cast is Dracula actor Richard E. Grant as art historian Simon Bricker, a guest of the Granthams, and Coronation Street alum Sue Johnston will be playing Denker, a lady’s maid to Violet Crawley (Maggie Smith).

Of course, two of our favorite men, Weekend's Tom Cullen and Robert James-Collier, are returning and we're thrilled to get another look at them both.

Set in 1924, the new season will see the Bransons and the Crawleys as they continue to navigate intrigue and the political family drama of early 20th century life. Catch the premiere when it airs on January 4th, 2015 on PBS.

George Crawley (Oliver/Zac Barker)

Tom Branson (Allen Leech) and his daughter Sybbie (Fifi Hart)

Cora Crawley (Elizabeth McGovern) and new addition Simon Bricker (Richard E. Grant)

Tom Branson (Allen Leech), Lord Gillingham (Tom Cullen), & Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery)

Assistant cook Daisy Mason (Sophie McShera)

Isobel Crawley (Penelope Wilton)

John (Brendan Coyle) and Anna (Joanne Froggatt) Bates

Charles Carson (Jim Carter) and Elsie Hughes (Phyllis Logan)

Underbutler Thomas Barrow (Robert James-Collier)

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