‘Downton Abbey’ Didn’t Create the Character of Cora To Attract American Viewers

Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, as Elizabeth McGovern played, gave a different voice Downton Abbey. Both literally and figuratively. For six seasons from 2010 – 2015, McGovern played Cora, an American who became part of British society.

Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern on the set of 'Downton Abbey'
Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern on set Downton Abbey | Vera Anderson / WireImage

An award-winning TV show, some felt Downton Abbey introducing an American character to appeal to a U.S. audience. However, according to the show’s creator Julian Fellowes, that’s not how Cora came into being.

The Earl of Grantham married Cora Crawley for her money

In the early days of Downton Abbey fans learn a few details behind the marriage of character Hugh Bonneville, Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, and his wife, Cora. When they were happily married, they did not marry just for love.

In fact, in several scenes, Robert made it clear that he married Cora for her money. And right after that they fell in love. As the daughter of a multi-millionaire, Cora’s wealth towards Downton Abbey was sustained. In fact, it is expensive to maintain a large home in England with a large workforce and a large estate.

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