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Downton Abbey - Gillian Anderson turned role down

"Downton Abbey" could have been a bit different.

The British series, which has been a stateside success on PBS, apparently wanted to cast Gillian Anderson in one of its lead roles.

The 43-year-old "X-Files" actress, next appearing on PBS' "Masterpiece Classic" update of "Great Expectations," told TV Guide Magazine that she was originally approached to star on the Emmy-winning series.

Source and more: The Clicker