Downton Abbey: See the Cast Out of Costume

The season 4 cast of Downton Abbey

Carnival Film and Television Limited 2013 for Masterpiece

updated 01/05/2014 AT 8:00 AM ET

originally published 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.

Michelle Dockery

Michelle Dockery on Downton Abbey (left), and at HBO’s Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Post-Award Reception on Sept. 22, 2013

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It’s unlikely that Lady Mary would rock a bold red lip, but Dockery pulls it off with aplomb.

Laura Carmichael

Laura Carmichael on Downton Abbey (left), and cast photo call at the Millennium Hotel on Dec. 10, 2013

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Lady Edith is long dismissed as a wallflower, but off-screen, Carmichael shines in glamorous getups.

Jessica Brown-Findlay

Jessica Brown-Findlay on Downton Abbey (left), and at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards on May 29, 2012

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Pale skin may have been de rigueur for Edwardian aristocrats, but we prefer Lady Sybil with a sun-kissed glow.

Rob James-Collier

Rob James-Collier on Downton Abbey (left), and at the Season 4 cast photo call on Dec. 10, 2013

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Troublemaker Thomas is usually up to no good, but his off-screen counterpart is just devilishly handsome.

Sophie McShera

Sophie McShera on Downton Abbey (left), and at a press conference on Aug. 7, 2013

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Brunette beauty McShera is way more sophisticated than dowdy Daisy.

Dan Stevens

Dan Stevens on Downton Abbey (left), and at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 6, 2013

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Stevens is equally dreamy with or without scruff.

Siobhan Finneran

Siobhan Finneran on Downton Abbey (left), and at the British Independent Film Awards on Dec. 8, 2013

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Sporting free-flowing blond locks and a drapey dress, Finneran looks far less severe than the dour O’Brien.

Phyllis Logan

Phyllis Logan on Downton Abbey (left), and at a cast photo call at the Millennium Hotel on Dec. 10, 2013

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Head housekeeper Mrs. Hughes is too sensible for sequins.

Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith on Downton Abbey (left), and at the 56th BFI London Film Festival in 2012

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As the hoity-toity Dowager Countess Violet Crawley, Smith favors immaculate finger waves, but her off-camera ‘do is lower-maintenance.

Penelope Wilton

Penelope Wilton on Downton Abbey (left), and at the Downton Abbey Childline Ball

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Wilton, who plays Lady Violet’s nemesis Isobel, is also known to ditch her Downton updo.

Joanne Froggatt

Joanne Froggatt on Downton Abbey (left), and at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards Performers Nominee Reception on Sept. 16, 2011

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Lady’s maid Anna is more frumpy than fashionable, but Froggatt is every bit the bombshell in a low-cut LBD.

Jim Carter

Jim Carter on Downton Abbey (left), and at the National Youth Film Festival

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Carter’s style is downright jaunty compared to butler Carson’s staid attire.

Allen Leech

Allen Leech on Downton Abbey (left), and at a cast photo call at the Millennium Hotel on Dec. 10, 2013

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Leech, also known as former chauffeur Tom Branson, cleans up quite nicely on the red carpet.

Brendan Coyle

Brendan Coyle on Downton Abbey (left), and at the BAFTA Los Angeles TV Tea 2012

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Coyle, who plays brooding valet Bates, looks chipper in sharp specs and a printed shirt.

Hugh Bonneville

Hugh Bonneville on Downton Abbey (left), and at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards Performers Nominee Reception on Sept. 20, 2013

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Bonneville and the Earl of Grantham appear similarly stately in neckwear.

Elizabeth McGovern

Elizabeth McGovern on Downton Abbey, and at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on June 10, 2013

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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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