EXCLUSIVE: Julian Fellowes’s breakout HBO interval drama The Gilded Age is increasing its solid in a giant approach for Season 2, going from 12 to 24 sequence regulars, and deepening the Upstairs, Downstairs really feel of the present. That features 13 actors who recurred in Season 1 and have been promoted to sequence regulars: Kelli O’Hara as Aurora Fane, Donna Murphy as Mrs. Astor, Debra Monk as Armstrong, Kristine Nielsen as Mrs. Bauer, Taylor Richardson as Bridget, Ben Ahlers as Jack Trotter, Kelley Curran as Turner, Douglas Sills as Baudin aka Borden, Celia Keenan-Bolger as Mrs. Bruce, Michael Cerveris as Watson, Erin Wilhelmi as Adelheid Weber, Patrick Web page as Richard Clay and Sullivan Jones as T. Thomas Fortune.
They be part of returning 11 returning sequence regulars: Christine Baranski as Agnes Van Rhijn, Cynthia Nixon as Ada Van Rhijn, Carrie Coon as Bertha Russell, Morgan Spector as George Russell, Louisa Jacobson as Marian Brook, Denée Benton as Peggy Scott, Blake Ritson as Oscar Van Rhijn, Taissa Farmiga as Gladys Russell, Simon Jones as Bannister, Harry Richardson as Larry Russell and Jack Gilpin as Church.
As foreshadowed within the season finale, not returning is Season 1 sequence common Thomas Cocquerel who performed Tom Raikes, the opportunistic younger lawyer and Marian’s love curiosity final season.
Returning of their recurring roles for Season 2 are Audra McDonald as Dorothy Scott, Nathan Lane as Ward McAllister, John Douglas Thompson as Arthur Scott, Ashlie Atkinson as Mamie Fish, Claybourne Elder as John Adams and Ward Horton as Charles Fane.
With the promotions, The Gilded Age extra carefully resembles Fellowes’ mega hit Downton Abbey with a extra even distribution between wealthy characters and servants in the primary solid. Solely 2 out of 12 sequence regulars in Season 1 performed servants; in Season 2, the ratio is 11 out of 24.
The promotions additionally trace at some potential Season 2 storylines. As followers of the present have suspected, Kelley Curran’s Turner just isn’t completed scheming after her dismissal by the Russells and will develop into a formidable foe as she seeks to precise revenge.
There have been sparks between Sullivan Jones’s T. Thomas Fortune and Peggy that might develop right into a relationship. Additionally a chance is a friendship between Bertha and Mrs. Astor which was hinted within the season finale. And Watson’s secret could also be revealed.
Season 1 recurring actors who will not be listed as recurring for Season 2 are Jeanne Tripplehorn as Sylvia Chamberlain,
Katie Finneran as Anne Morris, Amy Forsyth as “Carrie” Astor, John Sanders as architect Stanford White and Linda Emond as Clara Barton.
The present, which is a co-production between HBO and Common Tv, is an epic drama that follows the millionaire titans of New York Metropolis within the Eighties.
In Season 2, per the logine, the Gilded Age was a interval of immense financial change, of giant fortunes made and misplaced, and of fierce rivalry between previous cash and new. Nowhere is that rivalry extra obvious than on East 61st Avenue, the place Marian Brook and her totally previous cash aunts, Agnes van Rhijn and Ada Brook, dwell reverse the stupendously wealthy George and Bertha Russell. The Russells are each fiercely bold, he financially, she socially, and they’re decided to succeed in the very best echelons of New York. In the meantime in Brooklyn, Marian’s buddy and confidant Peggy Scott forges her personal path on the planet of the Black elite. On this glittering world getting ready to the fashionable age, will the established guidelines of society prevail, or will the sport change completely?
The Gilded Age is created, written and exec produced by Fellowes with Gareth Neame and David Crockett additionally exec producing. Michael Engler directs and government produces with Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Bob Greenblatt. Sonja Warfield is a author and co-executive producer and Erica Dunbar serves as historic guide and co-executive producer.