He may not appear in front of the camera for Downton Abbey, but Julian Fellowes is almost as well-known as any member of the cast, upstairs or downstairs!
The British writer (he also acts!) is no stranger to the world of entertainment. Long before his days at Downton, he authored the equally captivating period drama Gosford Park, which won him the 2002 Oscar for Best Original Screenplay (you can see future Downton Dowager, Maggie Smith, applauding for Julian as he accepts the award).
He was also the brain behind 2009’s The Young Victoria with Emily Blunt and 2010’s The Tourist starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp.
Julian comes from the English upper crust and has the official title of Baron of West Stafford. He and his family live on 40-acres in Dorset at a manor once used as the setting for a film adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel Emma. Perfect, no?
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt. Raised in South Kensington, United Kingdom.
Birthday: August 17, 1949
Marital status: Wed Lady Emma Kitchener in 1990, whom he met at a party in 1989 and proposed to after only knowing her for 20 minutes (she held off on saying “yes” at the time). The couple have one child, Peregrine Kitchener-Fellowes, born in 1991.