Uzo Aduba can smile now

HIGH­CLERE, Eng­land — On a re­cent af­ter­noon, the skies over High­clere Cas­tle were a bril­liant blue more rem­i­nis­cent of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia than the Hamp­shire coun­try­side, but oth­er­wise things on lo­ca­tion at “Down­ton Abbey” were char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally English.

That is to say, there were stiff up­per lips among cast and crew, de­spite the fact that the beloved pe­riod piece is more than half­way through film­ing its sixth and fi­nal sea­son.

“We’re not in the least bit sen­ti­men­tal yet,” said Hugh Bon­neville, who plays the Craw­ley fam­ily’s proud but bungling pa­tri­arch, Lord Gran­tham. The ac­tor was seated be­neath a price­less Van Dyck por­trait of King Charles I in the din­ing room at High­clere, a space that, like the of­fices of Ster­ling Cooper or the hills of King’s Land­ing, has be­come in­stantly fa­mil­iar to view­ers in this age of cel­e­brated TV drama.

Pho­to­graphs, clock­wise from top left, by Carolyn Cole Los An­ge­les Times; Ri­cardo DeAratanha Los An­ge­les Times; Kirk McKoy Los An­ge­les Times; Carolyn Cole Los An­ge­les Times

Pho­tog raphs by Bethany Clarke For The Times

MAG­GIE SMITH takes di­rec­tion from Michael Englar dur­ing f ilm­ing of the f inal sea­son.

Michelle Dock­ery

El­iz­a­beth McGovern

Hugh Bon­neville, left, Kevin Doyle

High­clere Cas­tle

Laura Carmichael


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