What the cast of the new ‘Downton Abbey’ movie looks like in real life

In real life, Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary, opts for sleek bobs, glamorous sequins and heavy smokey eyes.

Michelle Dockery attended the New York premiere of “Downton Abbey: A New Era” in a dazzling gown and dramatic smokey eye.

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Edith Pelham (née Crawley) Marchioness of Hexham is Mary’s sister. She outclasses her family through marriage. She favors delicate headpieces and prim hats. She also holds to the wavy bob of the period. Her hair is honey blonde.

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Edith Crawley has honey blonde hair in “Downton Abbey.”

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Edith’s portrait painter, Laura Carmichael, chooses bold costumes and tousled braids in real life. His hair is also much lighter.

Laura Carmichel

Laura Carmichael wore a sleeveless suit for “The Today Show.”

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Guy Dexter is the dashing movie star who visits Downton Abbey to star in a film that is suddenly converted from a silent feature to a “talkie”. He has a mustache.

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Dominic West plays a movie star who woos a member of Downton staff in “Downton Abbey: A New Era.”

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Dominic West, who plays Dexter, has no facial hair and has much less fondness for pomade.

Dominica West

Dominic West attended the Wimbledon Championships without facial hair or excess hair gel.

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Myrna Dalgleish is the platinum blonde mermaid who plays with Dexter. She pairs red lips with big balls.

Laura Haddock as Myrna Dalgleish in Downton Abbey: A New Era

Laura Haddock plays glamorous Myrna Dalgleish in ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’. The character has a high-pitched voice but a pretty face.

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Laura Haddock, who plays Dalgleish, has dark honey-colored hair and more contemporary jewelry in real life.

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Laura Haddock has different hair and style from her character.

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Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham wears the royal uniform of the paper princesses who crossed the Atlantic from the United States to land titled bachelors in England.

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Cora Crawley became part of the “Downton Abbey” family because Robert Crawley needed to marry an heiress to sustain the estate.

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Elizabeth McGovern embraces her silver tresses and prefers sleek pants and satin shirts to gold dresses in real life.

Elizabeth McGovern

Elizabeth McGovern is less finicky but just as elegant as her character.

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Robert Crawley, 7th Earl of Grantham wears a period haircut and Peter Pan collar.

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Robert Crawley has been the head of the family since the first season of “Downton Abbey”.

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Hugh Bonneville, who plays the Earl, has a spikier hairstyle and wears chic glasses in real life.

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Hugh Bonneville chooses to leave the dramatic necklaces behind when off camera.

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Thomas Barrow wears the stiff uniform of a true English butler with a neat haircut and a bare face.

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Thomas Barrow leaves Downton Abbey at the end of “Downton Abbey: A New Era”.

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In real life, Robert James-Collier, who plays Barrow, has a bit of facial hair and a looser hairstyle.

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Robert James-Collier has facial hair, unlike his character.

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Director and producer Jack Barber has hair that falls over his ears on both sides and loves the cardigan-sweater-and-tie combo.

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Jack Barber arrives at Downton Abbey to shoot a film called ‘The Gambler’.

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In real life, Hugh Dancy parts his shorter hair to one side and opts for monochromatic outfits, like this all-white number he wore to the Met Gala.

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Hugh Dancy has a different hairstyle than his character.

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Lucy Branson (née Smith) is the maid who turned out to be the secret child of a distant relative of Crawley. She wears a dark wig with upturned corners that give her a little flip.

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Lucy Smith joined the Crawley universe in the 2019 movie “Downton Abbey.”

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Off camera, actress Tuppence Middleton has long, voluminous hair and curtain bangs. And like her character, she is expecting a baby.

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Tuppence Middleton awaits as her character Lucy Branson.

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Tom Branson views the role as part of nobility after suddenly finding himself in his employer’s family.

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Tom Branson went bottom-up in “Downton Abbey.”

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