Nathalie Baye, friend of the Countess of Grantham in the Downtown Abbey suite

In this new adaptation of the British series, the French actress will play a confidante of Lady Violet, still played by Maggie Smith. Filming is scheduled to begin at the end of March.

The symbol of French charm in the holy of holies of the English aristocracy. Nathalie Baye will play in the second part of Downton Abbey, adaptation of the successful British series. This happy news was revealed on February 12 by a critic of the Daily Mail , Baz Bamigboye. “Madame Nathalie Baye will play an old friend of Violet Crawley who comes to visit him. Of course, the countess will be surrounded, as usual, by members of her family ”, he revealed.

Filming should begin at the end of March, under a very strict health protocol. The script of the film is still a secret, but it should be the sequel to the first part, released in 2019. We learned at the end of the first film that Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, played by Maggie Smith, was ill. Perhaps Nathalie Baye, in this suite, will serve as his bedside lady as Lady Crawley had done in her youth with Princess Helene Soutzo.

Huge British actress, Maggie Smith is also known for playing Professor Minerva McGonagall in Harry potter. Other stars of the Downton Abbey series will be in this second adaptation: Hugh Bonneville, (Lord Grantham), Elizabeth McGovern (Cora) or Michelle Dockery (Mary).

Nathalie Baye, undisputed star in France, has already worked with major international directors. She notably played in Stop me if you can by Steven Spielberg, but also in Just the end of the world and Laurence Anyways, two feature films by Quebec prodigy Xavier Dolan. And The Daily Mail, dithyrambic, describes the one who was one of Johnny Hallyday’s great loves as the“One of the greatest current French actresses”.


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