Lady Mary copes with grief, suitors in 'Downton'
This undated publicity photo provided by PBS shows, from left, Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Grantham, Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham, Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley, Penelope Wilton as Isobel Crawley, Allen Leech as Tom Branson, Jim Carter as Mr. Carson, and Phyllis Logan as Mrs. Hughes, from the TV series, "Downton Abbey." (AP Photo/PBS, Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE, Nick Briggs)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Lady Mary will be mired in grief as season four of "Downton Abbey" begins, mourning the loss of her husband, Matthew.
But a string of suitors awaits when she's ready to live again, said Michelle Dockery, who plays Mary in the hit drama that will return to PBS' "Masterpiece" next January.
"She has more than one love interest," Dockery said. "She's kind of slowly throughout the series coming back to real life, and of course it's important for her to eventually move on."
All of those men are, she noted with satisfaction, handsome.
Michelle Dockery, left, and Laura Carmichael, cast members in the Masterpiece series "Downton Abbey," pose together at the PBS Summer 2013 TCA press tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
"That was stipulated by you," executive producer Gareth Neame said, dryly.
He and several cast members including Dockery and Laura Carmichael, who plays Mary's sister, Edith, attended a Television Critics Association news conference Tuesday evening to promote the show.
Mary's husband, played by Dan Stevens, was killed in a car crash just after welcoming the couple's newborn son, George, in last season's finale.
The fourth season of "Downton Abbey," which follows the lives of the family and servants living in an English stately house, will include newcomers Paul Giamatti as an American relation and opera singer Kiri Te Kanawa.
Left to right, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Phyllis Logan, Joanne Froggatt and Sophie McShera, cast members in the Masterpiece series "Downton Abbey," pose together at the PBS Summer 2013 TCA press tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
The drama series, which started in 1912 and has been moving the calendar forward, is up to the early 1920s and reflects the world's increasing modernity. A fifth season is planned, Neame said, who suggested there could be more to come.