DOWNTON ABBEY's Penelope Wilton Has Become a Dame in Queen's Birthday Honors

Penelope Wilton, known to many as DOWNTON ABBEY's Isobel Crawley, has been made a Dame in the Queen's Birthday Honors. The other honorees include Stanley Wells, Brian Blessed, Tom Morris, and Felix Barrett.

Wilton has been nominated for six Olivier awards, winning once for her most recent nomination for her role in Taken at Midnight. Her other nominated performances include: Man and Superman (1981), The Secret Rapture (1988), The Deep Blue Sea (1994), John Gabriel Borkman (2008), and The Chalk Garden (2009). Wilton has also been honored with the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series three times for her work on Downton Abbey. The ensemble won the award in 2012, 2014, and 2015. Wilton is also set to play the Queen in the upcoming feature film adaptation of Roald Dahl's The BFG.

With over 50 Emmy nominations, more than any other British show in Emmy history, DOWNTON ABBEY is one of the most honored series on television. It has won 11 Emmys, three Golden Globes, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Producers Guild Award, and three BAFTAs.

DOWNTON ABBEY is a Carnival Films/MASTERPIECE Co-Production written and created by Julian Fellowes. It is Executive Produced by Gareth Neame, Julian Fellowes, Liz Trubridge and Nigel Marchant. Chris Croucher is the Producer. The Executive Producer for MASTERPIECE is Rebecca Eaton.

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