Downton Abbey Star: 'New Series Scripts Are Exciting'

Allen Leech teases 2012 season

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Downton Abbey Star: 'New Series Scripts Are Exciting'
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Downton Abbey actor Allen Leech has said the quality of the period drama shows no signs of dropping in the upcoming third season.

The show has scooped numerous awards, both domestically and internationally, since first airing in 2010.

Speaking to Digital Spy at the Elle Style Awards, Leech said: "We had a read through of the first five scripts, and they are really, really good. I think it's going to be very exciting."

He and co-stars Laura Carmichael, Sophie McShera and Lesley Nicol also revealed that filming has been getting underway this week.

It's recently been confirmed that Oscar-winning Hollywood veteran Shirley MacLaine is joining the cast of the third series.

War Horse rising star Matt Milne is also on board.

Downton Abbey returns to ITV1 later this year.

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