Maggie Gyllenhaal: I’d do Downton Abbey

The American star of upcoming BBC series The Honourable woman has clearly got a taste for British TV...

Maggie Gyllenhaal might be a Hollywood star through and through, but she’s still keen to rub shoulders with the Crawleys at Downton Abbey. 


When asked whether she’d ever star in the hit ITV period drama, Gyllenhaal said, “Sure I would!” adding: “I’ve seen every episode of Downton Abbey. It’s like crack. We love English people doing old-fashioned things.”

She even knows what role she’d like to play: “I would be the American sister who is pregnant by – ooh, I don’t know – the sexy guy who had a fling with Lady Rose.”

It seems the 35-year-old New York-born actress has got a taste for British programming, after making her TV debut in BBC2 drama The Honourable Woman, which airs next month.

“I love working here and I have worked here enough that I have friends and I know where to do grocery shopping,” she told The Telegraph

The Honourable Woman is an eight-part thriller written, directed and produced by The Shadow Line’s Hugo Blick. Gyllenhaal plays Nessa Stein in the drama, a British citizen who takes over her father’s company, laying data cabling networks between Israel and the West Bank.


The Honourable Woman is on BBC2 next month.