MyAnna Buring joins Downton Abbey

MyAnna Buring

MyAnna Buring

'Twilight Saga' actress MyAnna Buring has joined the cast of ITV period drama 'Downton Abbey'.

MyAnna Buring has joined the cast of 'Downton Abbey'.

The 'Twilight Saga' actress - who plays Tanya Denali in the last two movies of the vampire franchise - has landed the role of feisty servant Edna in the ITV period drama, and she admits she is delighted to be part of it.

She said: "You couldn't get two projects more different. I was thrilled with the 'Downton' offer came."

Simone Lahbib - best known for her role in 'Bad Girls' - has also joined the series as a servant.

'Downton Abbey' has been a huge success since it began in September 2011 featuring an all star cast including Hugh Bonneville, Dame Maggie Smith and Jessica Brown Findlay.

Legendary actress Shirley MacLaine - who won an Academy Award in 1984 for her performance in 'Terms of Endearment' - is also set to appear in the forthcoming third series of the show as a character named Martha Levinson, the mother of Elizabeth McGovern's character Lady Grantham.

ITV's Director of Drama Laura Mackie said at the time: "It is so exciting to have an actress of Shirley MacLaine's stature joining our brilliant 'Downton Abbey' cast. It's a tribute to the show's success on both sides of the Atlantic."


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