“Downton Abbey” Dames Cover Harper’s Bazaar UK

Posted Wednesday July 2, 2014 2:03 PM GMT

As part of one of the most popular shows on television, the cast of “Downton Abbey” has become accustomed to all kinds of attention.

Michelle Dockery, Lily James, Laura Carmichael, and Elizabeth McGovern are all featured in a glamorous photo spread for Harper's Bazaar UK including ensembles from Chanel, Valentino, Calvin Klein, Jimmy Choo, Carolina Herrera and Burberry.

One of the reasons they love their job so much, according to Dockery, is the writing. “Julian [Fellowes] writes so well for women. He’s got a very good way with families. We’re all very lucky that we’re playing roles that are very complex, not just two-dimensional and predictable.”

And Ms. McGovern also enjoys the age diversity of the cast- "Women in their 40s and 50s are very under-represented by all aspects of the media. There are not many stories out there, and that’s where 'Downton Abbey' is so nice. Maybe that’s partly why people have embraced it as much as they have."

Photo Credit: Alexi Lubormirski for Harper's Bazaar