Downton AbbeyJulian Fellowes, creator of ITV’s hit Edwardian drama Downton Abbey, will take a seat in the House of Lords as an Conservative peer later today.

 

Downton AbbeyJulian Fellowes, creator of ITV’s hit Edwardian drama Downton Abbey, will take a seat in the House of Lords as an Conservative peer later today. The award-winning writer is one of a raft of new peers for the House of Lords announced last November – in all 54 new peers were announced with Fellowes and broadcaster Joan Bakewell amongst them.

 

Julian Fellowes is a long-standing supporter of the Conservative Party. According to BBC News he wrote speeches for Iain Duncan Smith when he was leader of the party. Julian Fellowes will become Lord Fellowes of West Strafford, the title comes from the Dorset Village where he lives.

 

Fellowes penned the 2002 award winning film Gosford Park and also penned ITV’s hit drama Downton Abbey. The Edwardian drama starring Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton was a huge hit when it aired on ITV1 over the Autumn. Ratings topped 9 million viewers for the drama and ITV were quick to commission a second series.

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