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Downton Abbey is America's favorite British show these days, and on Season 3, we'll get a bit more representation on screen, in the form of Lady Grantham's American mother, played by none other than Shirley MacLaine.

Recently, Shirley talked to TV Guide about her part, and hinted at what's to come for her in the new season.

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The character, named Martha Levinson, "is from Long Island and finally lands at Downton Abbey and sees what's happening to the place when everyone's coming back from the war."

Unlike the indomitable Dowager Countess, Martha does not cling to the past — at least not the British past. "Her reactions to tradition and the class system" are interesting, Shirley says. "I do my best to be kind to tradition, but frankly think it should shift."

Shirley also teases that Martha's relationship with the Dowager Countess "is probably not what you'd think." Hmmm...

She also says she doesn't share a scene with Mr. Bates — is it because he's still in jail? — but we will see her interact with Mr. Carson.

We can’t wait to find out more!

Source: TV Guide

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