Maggie Smith’s Downton Abbey Role Was Written With A Very Specific Person In Mind

Writing what you know is a piece of advice that keeps being shared for a reason.

We all need a launching point in our writing, especially when it comes to crafting and developing characters.

A strong base for a character can make all the difference in the world.

This is even more important if you are planning or accidentally get thrust into creating a long-running series.

The characters need to make audiences run the emotional roller-coaster, much like the ones in creator Julian Fellowes’ series “Downton Abbey” do.Fellowes has gone into detail over the past decade about the influences he’s used on his characters.

Some, like Lady Cora Grantham, were based on the American heiresses of the Gilded Age like Lady Almina.

Others, like Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, were inspired by Fellowes’ upbringing among the wealthy British elite, and his observations of his own family members.  “My impressive,

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