Key cast members of "Downton Abbey" include Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery and Joanne Froggatt. These cast members have appeared in a total of 43 episodes, as of 2015.
Rob James-Collier, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol and Maggie Smith are additional key cast members who have also appeared in 43 episodes, as of 2015. Actors Allen Leech, Kevin Doyle, David Robb, Siobhan Finneran, Jessica Brown Findley and Lily James, also have important roles.
"Downton Abbey" is a dramatic series that takes place in 1912, and centers around the life of the Crawley family. Hugh Bonneville plays the role of Robert Crawley, the Earl of Grantham. His wife Cora, the Countess of Grantham, is played by Laura Carmichael. Much of the shows drama centers around who will become the heir of the Downton Abbey mansion. Would-be heir Matthew Crawley, a third cousin once removed, is played by actor Dan Stevens.
"Downton Abbey" was created by Julian Fellowes. The show began airing in the UK in 2010. It first started airing in the U.S. in 2011. The show has filmed in various locations throughout the United Kingdom. As of 2015, the show is currently in its sixth season.