DOWNTON ABBEY SPECIAL: Cora and Richard Carlisle were based on the Press baron


DOWNTON ABBEY SPECIAL: The Press baron and the heiress were larger than life and Cora and Richard Carlisle were based on them

2:21 AM on 17th September 2011

Elizabeth McGovern Elizabeth McGovern

Blast from the past: Elizabeth McGovern”s character Cora, Countess of Grantham, was inspired by American socialite Mary Leiter (right)

Iain Glen Iain Glen

Inspired: Iain Glen”s character, Sir Richard Carlisle, was inspired by bombastic newspaper magnate Lord Beaverbrook

Newspaper magnates: Lord Beaverbrook The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes is published by Harper Collins, 20. To order a copy for 16 (p&p free) call 0843 382 0000

Newspaper magnates: Lord Beaverbrook”s contemporary, Lord Northcliffe, changed the course of journalism when heset up the Daily Mail. More information about the inspiration behind Downton Abbey”s characters can be founf in Jessica Fellowes” The World of Downton Abbey

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