'Downton Abbey' Loses Another Actor
By JARETT WIESELMAN
March 01, 2013
Downton Abbey fans were rocked by the deaths of Lady Sybil and Matthew Crawley after actors Jessica Brown Findlay and Dan Stevens asked to leave the uber-popular show, and now another actor has chosen to walk out Downton's door: Siobhan Finneran, who plays O'Brien!
The Grimm Reaper will most likely stay away this time as creator Julian Fellowes previously said, "When an actor playing a servant wants to leave, there isn't really a problem -- [that character gets] another job," he says. "With members of the family, once they're not prepared to come back for any episodes at all, then it means death. Because how believable would it be that Matthew never wanted to see the baby, never wanted to see his wife? And was never seen again at the estate that he was the heir to? So we didn't have any option, really. I was as sorry as everyone else."
The fourth season of Downton Abbey is currently filming in England.