British actress Katherine Kelly has given birth to a baby girl. The 34 year old, who stars opposite Jeremy Piven in popular period drama Mr Selfridge, welcomed her first child with her boxer husband Ryan Clark on Tuesday (11Mar14). The little girl is named Orla.
Clark says, "Katherine has given me the best gift in the world. Absolutely smitten with Orla and so proud of my wife."
The pair wed in Las Vegas last August (13) and Kelly announced her pregnancy a month later (Sep13).
Kelly is also well known in the U.K. for her long-running role in soap opera Coronation Street.
Actor Jeremy Piven is convinced period TV shows such as Downton Abbey and Mr Selfridge are a hit because viewers are pining for the pre-Internet age. The star plays the title role in Mr Selfridge, which tells the story of the launch of famous London department store Selfridge & Co at the beginning of the 20th Century.
The British drama has become a ratings hit and its success, along with that of aristocratic epic Downton Abbey, has convinced Piven viewers want an escape from the technology-obsessed modern world.
He tells The Lady magazine, "It's just a simpler time when people really had to communicate with each other and they could not hide behind text messages, email or any of that stuff. Maybe we're all longing for that in some way."
The cast of Downton Abbey will battle among themselves to land the Drama Performance prize at the U.K.'s National Television Awards next year (14). Dame Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter and Hugh Bonneville are all nominated in the category, which has a 29 nominees.
They will be pitted against the likes of Max Irons (The White Queen), Jeremy Piven (Mr Selfridge), Damian Lewis (Homeland), and Matt Smith (Doctor Who).
Downton Abbey is also up for the Drama award along with a raft of other shows, including Homeland, Mr Selfridge, Luther, The Fall, Call The Midwife, Doctor Who and The White Queen.
Bosses of the prizegiving have introduced a new category, TV Detective of the Year, in honour of Britain's obsession with crime shows - Benedict Cumberbatch's turn as Sherlock Holmes, David Suchet's longrunning role of Hercule Poirot and David Tennant's hard hitting portrayal of troubled DI Hardy in Broadchurch are all up for the trophy.
Fans can vote to choose their winners, which will be announced at the O2 Arena in London on 22 January (14).
British actress Katherine Kelly has confirmed she is expecting a baby with her new husband, less than a month after marrying in Las Vegas. The star, who appears opposite Jeremy Piven in popular period drama Mr Selfridge, exchanged vows with her boxer partner Ryan Clark in an impromptu ceremony in Sin City on 20 August (13), and she has now revealed they are set to become parents.
Kelly revealed her baby news in a post on her Twitter.com page, writing, "Ryan & I are overjoyed to announce that we are expecting a baby! Feeling very blessed!"
British actress Katherine Kelly has wed her longtime boyfriend in Las Vegas. The star, who appears opposite Jeremy Piven in U.K. drama Mr Selfridge, jetted out to Sin City to exchange vows with boxer Ryan Clark - without telling her family.
They decided to get married during a vacation to the resort, and headed to the city's fabled Little Church of the West on 20 August (13) for the impromptu union.
She tells Hello! magazine, "We wanted to enjoy the day without all the usual planning and pressure. We just wanted to let it roll, so it had an on-the-run feel to it.
"We'd been laughing and joking all day and then suddenly everything seemed to stop and we tried to get the words 'I do' out without becoming emotional wrecks. It was awesome. I'll never forget that moment for the rest of my life."
Oprah singer Alfie Boe is set to make a cameo appearance alongside Jeremy Piven in the second series of U.K. costume drama Mr Selfridge. He won't be stepping too far away from real life - he will play a tenor.
Former Doctor Who star David Tennant will do battle with his successor Matt Smith at Britain's upcoming TVChoice Awards. Smith has won a Best Actor nomination for his role as the Time Lord in the cult sci-fi show, and he will go up against the man he replaced, Tennant, who has a nod for his part in hit crime drama Broadchurch.
The two Doctors also face competition from the stars of two period dramas - Jeremy Piven for his role in Mr Selfridge and Downton Abbey's Brendan Coyle.
Tennant's Broadchurch co-star Olivia Colman will also go up against Smith's sci-fi sidekick Jenna Coleman for the Best Actress award, along with Call The Midwife's Miranda Hart and Sheridan Smith for Mrs Biggs.
Popular murder mystery Broadchurch is also featured in the Best New Drama category, along with Gillian Anderson's thriller The Fall, Mr Selfridge and detective series Ripper Street, while Best Drama will be a fight between Downton Abbey, Doctor Who, Call The Midwife and Waterloo Road.
The trophies will be handed out at a ceremony in London on 9 September (13).
'Twill be a very elegant winter, it will it will. PBS has announced, via The Hollywood Reporter, that their most charmingly droll family, the Crawleys, will be making their way back into our appetites come the new year. The network will be kicking off a fourth season of its highest rated program, Downton Abbey, on January 5, allowing us to begin 2014 with a healthy dose of 1922. However the show premieres on its British home, ITV, on November 23. Now it would be quite rude to go and illegally download the show before it hits our shores, but we know some diehards will surely get the jump on PBS thanks to thier wretched delay.
The critically and culturally acclaimed drama, a pithy soap opera of sorts about the aristocratic denizens of World War I-era England, will reunite with American audiences in January, extending its fourth season through Feb. 23. And for those who think a month and a half of Downton is just a tease after the hiatus we've endured following Season 3, we might have many, many years left to look forward to. So, you can hang your bowler derby on that.
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The trouble you run into with a show like Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, or Downton Abbey is knowing when to pull the plug. These beloved television dramas, more than most, have a sensitive shelf life. As the time periods of the programs in question (Mad Men's 1960s, Boardwalk's 1920s, and Downton Abbey's 1910s-and-counting) are as important to the flavor of the show as the characters and stories themselves, you can only extend for so many years without losing what made the show in the first place. Can we really accept Don Draper in the disco age, or Nucky Thompson in the Great Depression? Clearly, Downton producer Gareth Neame isn't too worried about this, as he affirmed to the New York Daily News that he hopes his aristocratic drama lasts for "10 years."
"I would rather let the show run between four and 10 years, I imagine," Neame said at the BritWeek Downton Abbey Celebration in Santa Monica, Calif. "I think it is going to go on for a while. Right now the show is still growing in the U.S. and it would be awful to think of the show ending." But the producer is wary about pushing the limits too far: "I would rather that we picked the right year (to end) and that in 20 years time the show was loved rather than we went on a season too long and people fell out of love with it."
While a Downton Abbey spanning the first half of the 20th century sounds a bit daunting, we trust the judgment of Neame, and the series' creator Julian Fellowes. Who knows — throw a few time gaps in there, and maybe we'll see the Crawleys' throw in their two cents on that Fab Four all the youths raving about...
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One Republic have cancelled a show in Glasgow, Scotland on Friday night (26Apr13) due to illness. The Apologize hitmakers were due to play at the city's O2 ABC venue, but the gig has been postponed after one of the bandmembers fell sick.
A post on the venue's Twitter.com page reads, "Sorry folks, due to illness, tonight's One Republic gig is postponed but keep hold of your tickets! New date will be announced very soon!"
The musicians hinted at illness within the line-up with a tweet late on Thursday night (25Apr13) which read, "Hot tea, throat lozenges, episode 4 of (TV show) Mr Selfridge, lights out. Hope to wake up with a healthy voice. In Scotland!"
Watch upstart American Harry Selfridge build his visionary department store in London.
Episode 2. Episode 2
(AIR DATE 04/07/2013)
The store has now been open for a few months and the displays are still as seductive as on opening day, and the staff are poised for action. The only thing the store is missing though is customers. Harry is confident though on the outside but privately he is worried. He goes to the country with Frank, where they wait in a field and then a flying machine emerges from the clouds and flies overheard. Harry manages to secures it for a grand exhibition in store.
Episode 3. Episode 3
(AIR DATE 04/14/2013)
Harry decides to set up a beauty counter near the front entrance to sell perfume and make-up, to give the store a boost - but some of the staff are not convinced this is such a good idea. Meanwhile, Victor is still trying to woo Agnes, who appears to be more interested in Henri, and Lady Mae reveals the truth to Rose about Mr Selfridge's partnership with Ellen Love.
Episode 4. Episode 4
(AIR DATE 04/21/2013)
The store's Head of Fashion Miss Bunting is caught stealing silks and lace from the shop floor, and Harry fires her on the spot. Agnes and George find themselves being hounded by a drunken Reg. Ellen is working herself up trying to think why Harry hasn't been responding to her letters. Harry invites Rose and Rosalie to come with him to Lady Mae's to see a private performance of the much-celebrated Russian ballerina, Anna Pavola. After Harry meets Anna he invites her to a private tour of the store and she agrees, which is great coup for him.
Episode 5. Episode 5
(AIR DATE 04/28/2013)
Harry learns that Agnes has handed in her notice because her father has shamed her at work. Beatrice sees Roddy and Rose sharing a kiss after he gives her a painting. Rose attempts to convince her daughter to keep quiet about what she had seen, and then tells Roddy that she can't see him again. Harry surprises Agnes when he shows up to see her and tells her that he can't accept her resignation.
Episode 6. Episode 6
(AIR DATE 05/05/2013)
Harry is unconscious following a car crash and a sombre mood takes over at the store as word spreads about what has happened. Mr Grove's wife has died and after he shows up at work, Miss Wardle notices that he's not ready for a return and looks anxious. Ellen becomes upset after Frank tells her about Harry's accident.
Episode 7. Episode 7
(AIR DATE 05/12/2013)
Author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle arrives in Selfridges for a book signing session where he persuades Harry to hold a seance in the store. Meanwhile, Agnes is transferred to women's fashion alongside Miss Ravillous , Doris resolves to help an old colleague who has fallen on hard times, Miss Mardle is still agonising over Mr Grove, and Kitty discovers that she has a secret admirer.
Episode 8. Episode 8
(AIR DATE 05/19/2013)
Harry and Rose are getting ready to host a dinner in honour of friends Frank and Jennie Woolworth. Frank is a fellow American retail tycoon and founder of the famous High Street chain. A Woolworth's store is about to open in Brixton, and when Frank thinks of a possible West End branch, Harry's feathers soon become ruffled. Lady Mae wants to introduce young Rosalie to some eligible young Society men. Kitty and Doris vie for the vacant position of Senior Assistant in Accessories and are interviewed by Mr Grove. Ellen Love makes a surprise visit to the Palm Court, with Tony Travers on her arm. Victor has a proposition for Lady Mae.