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Meryl Streep’s daughter Louisa Jacobson to star in ‘US Downton Abbey’ The Gilded Age

Meryl Streep’s daughter Louisa Jacobson prepares to make her TV debut with ‘US Downton Abbey’ period drama The Gilded Age

  • An all star cast – including Cynthia Nixon, Carrie Coon and Taissa Farmiga will feature in the series set in 1882 during the American Gilded Age
  • The new series has been dubbed the ‘US Downton Abbey’ and was penned by Julian Fellowes
  • The Gilded Age will premiere on January 24 on HBO in the States and on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW the following day in the UK


Louisa Jacobson is to star in the leading role of the new series The Gilded Age which is being dubbed at the US version of Downton Abbey.

The star, 30, who is the daughter of Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep, will play the character of aspiring writer Marian Brook who moves from Pennsylvania to New York to live with her wealthy aunts. 

The new series is written by Downton’s Julian Fellowes’ and will feature an all-star ensemble cast including Cynthia Nixon and Christine Baranski.

Break out star: Louisa Jacobson, 30, is to star in the leading role of the new series The Gilded Age which is being dubbed at the US version of Downton Abbey; pictured April 2021 

Cynthia and Christine will play the role of Louisa’s fictional aunts Ada Brook and Agnes Van Rhijn respectively. 

Also starring in the HBO and Sky series are Carrie Coon, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Taissa Farmiga. 

The show will be set set in 1882 during the American Gilded Age, a period of huge economic change. 

Denee Benton and Louisa appeared on set back in April of this year in Victorian gowns as they filmed in New York City. 

New role: Louisa who is the daughter of Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep, will play the character of aspiring writer Marian Brook who moves from Pennsylvania to New York to live with her wealthy aunts; Meryl and Louisa pictured 2014

New role: Louisa who is the daughter of Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep, will play the character of aspiring writer Marian Brook who moves from Pennsylvania to New York to live with her wealthy aunts; Meryl and Louisa pictured 2014

The show will see Peggy Scott (Denée) and Marian become embroiled in a social war involving one of her aunts and her railroad tycoon neighbour George (Morgan Spector) and his wife Bertha Russell (Carrie). 

Sky bosses teased in the latest trailer for the show: ‘Exposed to a world on the brink of the modern age, will Marian follow the established rules of society, or forge her own path?’   

Julian Fellowes’ latest endeavour is years in the making after he began working on a Downton Abbey spin-off in September 2012.

The writer told RadioTimes.com in January 2016 the he was ‘hopefully shooting at the end of the year’ despite not having written the script just yet.  

When asked about the status of the show in June 2016, Fellowes admitted he was ‘up to my neck in research’ creating the character.

‘These people were extraordinary. You can see why they frightened the old guard, because they saw no boundaries,’ he told The Los Angeles Times. 

‘They wanted to build a palace, they built a palace. They wanted to buy a yacht, they bought a yacht. And the old guard in New York weren’t like that at all, and suddenly this whirlwind of couture descended on their heads.

‘They redesigned being rich. They created a rich culture that we still have—people who are rich are rich in a way that was established in America in the 1880s, ’90s, 1900s. It was different from Europe.’

The Gilded Age will premiere on January 24 on HBO in the States and on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW the following day in the UK 

Anticipated: The show will be set set in 1882 during the American Gilded Age, a period of huge economic change. Denee Benton and Louisa appeared on set back in April in Victorian gowns as they filmed in New York City (pictured)

Anticipated: The show will be set set in 1882 during the American Gilded Age, a period of huge economic change. Denee Benton and Louisa appeared on set back in April in Victorian gowns as they filmed in New York City (pictured) 

The Gilded Age

The Gilded Age is a term used to describe the prosperous years in American history post Civil War.

Unprecedented growth in technology and industrial activity gave way to greed and corruption.

Wealthy tycoons, bankers and politicians created extraordinary wealth at the expense of the working class. 

The elite grew rich through the monopolies they created in the steel, petroleum, and transportation industries, according to Britannica.

Notable tycoons included John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Leland Stanford and J.P.Morgan. 

Fellowes’ new show is described as ‘a sweeping fictional epic of the millionaire titans of New York City,’ according to Deadline.   

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