The season 4 cast of Downton Abbey
Carnival Film and Television Limited 2013 for Masterpiece
01/05/2014 AT 8:00 AM ET
01/03/2014 AT 12:00 PM ET
Downton Abbey returns to PBS Sunday for a fourth season, and its stars’ various promotional appearances serve as a reminder that the aristocratic Crawleys and their downstairs staff look very different in real life.
Browse the photos below to see the period drama’s cast in and out of costume.
It’s unlikely that Lady Mary would rock a bold red lip, but Dockery pulls it off with aplomb.
Lady Edith is long dismissed as a wallflower, but off-screen, Carmichael shines in glamorous getups.
Pale skin may have been de rigueur for Edwardian aristocrats, but we prefer Lady Sybil with a sun-kissed glow.
Troublemaker Thomas is usually up to no good, but his off-screen counterpart is just devilishly handsome.
Brunette beauty McShera is way more sophisticated than dowdy Daisy.
Stevens is equally dreamy with or without scruff.
Sporting free-flowing blond locks and a drapey dress, Finneran looks far less severe than the dour O’Brien.
Head housekeeper Mrs. Hughes is too sensible for sequins.
As the hoity-toity Dowager Countess Violet Crawley, Smith favors immaculate finger waves, but her off-camera ‘do is lower-maintenance.
Wilton, who plays Lady Violet’s nemesis Isobel, is also known to ditch her Downton updo.
Lady’s maid Anna is more frumpy than fashionable, but Froggatt is every bit the bombshell in a low-cut LBD.
Carter’s style is downright jaunty compared to butler Carson’s staid attire.
Leech, also known as former chauffeur Tom Branson, cleans up quite nicely on the red carpet.
Coyle, who plays brooding valet Bates, looks chipper in sharp specs and a printed shirt.
Bonneville and the Earl of Grantham appear similarly stately in neckwear.
McGovern may sport some lavish ensembles as Crawley matriarch Cora, but the actress opts for sleek, modern designs in real life.
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