When the creators of "Downton Abbey" were first casting for the show, they went for a mix of new and established actors, says executive producer Gareth Neame.
The producers knew they wanted certain well known actors -- such as
The mix works, Neame said, because of the skill of the actors.
"When you see a scene between Violet and Edith, you have no idea this is somebody in their first job and somebody who is one of the great queens of the screen," Neame said. "It's seamless."