He believed that his breakthrough had come when he was considered to replace Hervé Villechaize as the butler in Fantasy Island, but, alas, he was pipped to the silver salver by the late Christopher Hewett. He promptly returned to Britain.
Now, as a writer, Lord Fellowes is having another crack at making his name in the country. NBC and Universal Television have commissioned him to develop an American Downton.
He’ll write and produce The Gilded Age, about the millionaires of 1880s New York. It is only, however, being described as a “potential” series. Let’s hope that they didn’t watch his mini-series Titanic.
Tim Walker Telegraph.co.uk