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What the Cast of the New ‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Looks Like in Real Life

In real life Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary, goes for sleek bobs, glam sequins, and heavy smokey eyes.

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Michelle Dockery attended the New York Premiere of “Downton Abbey: A New Era” in a dazzling dress and a dramatic smokey eye.

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Edith Pelham (née Crawley) Marchioness of Hexham is Mary’s sister. She outranks her family through marriage. She favors dainty headpieces and prim hats. She is also holding on to the wavy bob of the time period. Her hair is honey blonde.

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Edith Crawley has honey blonde hair in “Downton Abbey.”

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Edith’s portrayer Laura Carmichael chooses bold suits and tousled tresses in real life. Her hair is also much lighter.

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Laura Carmichael wore a sleeveless suit to “The Today Show.”

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Guy Dexter is the dashing movie star who visits Downton Abbey to perform in a film that is suddenly converted from a silent feature to a “talkie.” He has a mustache.

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Dominic West plays a movie star who woos away a Downton staff member in “Downton Abbey: A New Era.”

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Dominic West, who portrays Dexter, doesn’t have facial hair and has way less affection for pomade.

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Dominic West attended Wimbledon Championships without facial hair or excess hair gel.

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Myrna Dalgleish is the platinum blonde screen siren who costars with Dexter. She pairs red lips with large baubles.

Laura Haddock as Myrna Dalgleish in Downton Abbey: A New Era

Laura Haddock plays the glamorous Myrna Dalgleish in “Downton Abbey: A New Era.” The character has a shrill voice but a lovely face.

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Laura Haddock, who plays Dalgleish, has dark honey-colored hair and more contemporary jewelry in real life.

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Laura Haddock has different hair and style from her character.

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Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham rocks the regal uniform of the paper princesses who crossed the Atlantic from the US to snag titled bachelors in England.

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Cora Crawley became part of the family in “Downton Abbey” because Robert Crawley needed to marry an heir to support the estate.

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Elizabeth McGovern embraces her silver tresses and prefers sleek slacks and satin shirts to gilded gowns in real life.

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Elizabeth McGovern is less fussy but just as elegant as her character.

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Robert Crawley, 7th Earl of Grantham wears a period appropriate hair cut and a peter pan collar.

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Robert Crawley has been the head of the family since season one of “Downton Abbey.”

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Hugh Bonneville, who plays the earl, has a sharper coiffure and wears chic spectacles in real life.

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Hugh Bonneville opts to leave the dramatic collars behind when he is off camera.

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Thomas Barrow wears the stiff uniform of a proper English butler with a neat haircut and a bare face.

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Thomas Barrow leaves Downton Abbey at the end of “Downton Abbey: A New Era.”

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In real life Robert James-Collier, who plays Barrow, has a bit of facial hair and a more flexible hairstyle.

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Robert James-Collier has facial hair, unlike his character.

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Director and producer Jack Barber has hair that falls to his ears on both sides and is fond of the sweater vest and tie combo.

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Jack Barber arrives at Downton Abbey to film a movie called “The Gambler.”

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In real life, Hugh Dancy parts his shorter hair to one side and goes for monochromatic outfits, like this all-white number he wore to the Met Gala.

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Hugh Dancy has a different hairstyle than his character.

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Lucy Branson (née Smith) is the maid who turned out to be the secret child of a distant Crawley relative. She wears a dark wig with turned out corners that give it a little flip.

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Lucy Smith joined the Crawley universe in the 2019 film “Downton Abbey.”

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Off camera, actress Tuppence Middleton has long, voluminous hair and curtain bangs. And like her character she is expecting a baby.

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Tuppence Middleton is expecting like her character Lucy Branson.

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Tom Branson is looking the part as one of the gentry after suddenly finding himself a part of his employer’s family.

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Tom Branson went from downstairs to upstairs in “Downton Abbey.”

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