Did you know?
1By the third season Downton Abbey was one of the most watched drama series in the world. In the US the finale of series five was watched by 25 million people.
2 Over 1,000 wigs were used in the last two series alone.
3 The role of the Dowager Countess was created especially for Maggie Smith.
4 All the food on set is real.
5 The show costs around a million pounds an episode to produce.
6 It was reported that X-files actress, Gillian Anderson, turned down the role of Lady Grantham.
7 Downton Abbey is set at Highclere Castle in Berkshire, which was also the location for blockbuster, Eyes Wide Shut, with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Peter Andre and Katie Price got married there too.