While some of us will forever remember Richard E. Grant from “Withnail and I,” he’s moving into far tonier role. The actor (who has also appeared in classy stuff like “Gosford Park” and “The Age of Innocence”) is set to join the cast of “Downton Abbey” for the show’s fifth season. He’s not the only one, either.
While Grant will be playing the role of Simon Bricker, who visits Downton Abbey as a guest of the Granthams, Anna Chancellor (“The Hour,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral”) will be taking on a role as Lady Anstruther. Also on deck will be Rade Sherbedgia (“Eyes Wide Shut,” “24”) as a Russian refugee.