Grant is latest to get Abbey habit

Richard E Grant is among several new actors joining the cast of television period drama Downton Abbey for its fifth series.

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He will play Simon Bricker, who visits Downton Abbey as a guest of the Grantham family.

Anna Chancellor, who starred as Henrietta in Four Weddings And A Funeral, joins as Lady Anstruther, while Rade Sherbedgia, who has appeared in films such as Eyes Wide Shut and Mission: Impossible II, will play a Russian refugee.

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