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Actors Laura Carmichael and Allan Leech spoke to Red Carpet News earlier in the week about their work on Downton Abbey season 4. Mild spoilers ahead.

Allan Leech and Laura Carmichael attended the opening night of the new James McAvoy-headed production of Macbeth in the West End this week, and both actors spoke to Red Carpet News about their work on Downton Abbey.

“It’s good to be back,” Leech said. “We’re about three weeks into production now and it’s great. The scripts are absolutely rocking as well, so it’s very exciting.”

“I think Mary’s journey is going to be pretty essential to it,” he added, when asked about what season 4 has in store for the Crawleys. “She’s trying to get over the death of her husband and that’s a very central arc to it… Downton is in a period of change, as it always is, and that’s pretty integral again to the family trying to cope with the changes that come with the ’20s.”

And as to what his own character Tom Branson will be up to, Leech couldn’t say much. “There are a couple of things I can’t really talk about,” he admitted. “But yeah, definitely toward the middle of the series it gets very exciting.”

In her own interview, Laura Carmichael echoed Leech’s appreciation for the series. “It’s going really well,” she said. “It’s nice to be back.” As the season begins, Carmichael said, “The house is reeling with the news, obviously, that Matthew’s died,” but Downton Abbey is also “moving on through the ’20s, so it’s more glamour and more like you’d expect.”

As far as what may be looming for the perpetually unlucky Lady Edith, Carmichael said, “I’m having a great time, it’s a really interesting change for her. It sort of carries on being fascinating, I hope.”

Both actors expressed their sadness at continuing work on Downton Abbey without Dan Stevens, who left the show at the end of season 3. “I miss him,” said Carmichael, “But you know, we’re emailing and keeping up with each other.”

“We were great buddies and we still are,” Leech agreed. “I’d love to have him there still to have the crack with but we’re getting on.”

  • Lady Mary’s Likeness

    I am surprised that Matthew’s character is truly dead. The nurse in me kept telling my husband that it could have been a “near fatal” injury…

  • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

    I’m so excited for the glamour of the 20s to really insert itself into Downton Abbey. Seeing Violet Grantham react to it is going to be hysterical.

  • Tessa

    Still can’t believe they killed off Matthew, I mean thats what the show was really about, the relationship between Mary and Matthew. It will be interesting to see where they go from here. But as he is one of my favourite characters, its great to see Branson back. I wonder if he and Mary will bond now that they have both lost their partners. Oh and its ‘craic’ not ‘crack’ for those of you who aren’t Irish.

  • WillowBlood

    Isn’t it Allen Leech, and not Allan?

  • Winkyxx

    Can’t wait!

  • http://twitter.com/akacj7 Caroline J.

    am i the only one who (embarrassingly) didnt know his name was Allen Leech and that after a silky name like Tom Branson thinks it doesn’t suit him? Oh how the brain makes first impressions!

  • jon

    I always feel so bad for edith.

  • Ellen

    i watched this show because everyone was raving about it. The clothing and architecture are about all it has to offer as far as I’m concerned. I would have been sad at season’s three season finale if it hadn’t been so darn contrived like so much of this show.

  • ceasey0xoogurl

    I just saw the end of season three a few minutes ago…really sad Matthew died…almost to the point I don’t want to watch anymore! Two of my favorite characters died in one season!! =(

    • deriee

      I loved the serie and I would like to see more… but I cannot imagine to see it without Mathew.

  • Vanj203

    I think next season Edith will be the mistress of her editor in these Roaring 20′s, and I think Tom will be looking for a new wife to raise little Sybil with. He may connect with Mary in friendship to commiserate together but I don’t see him actually considering Mary for marriage. I’ve been wrong before though!

    • RYCBAR123

      Yeah I thought so too, I don’t think he could ever be with Mary because of their vastly opposing views on aristocracy and politics and all that England vs. Ireland stuff :

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