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B&B's Lesley-Anne Down looks back at "Upstairs Downstairs" & her success in soaps!

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Who can ever forget the historic landmark British soap opera, Upstairs Downstairs that aired on PBS from 1971-1975? Not anyone who was around 40 years ago, that is for sure. And now in honor of the cherished series, a DVD has been released containing  never before seen material and interviews commemorating the legendary soap.

The Bold and the Beautiful’s Lesley-Anne Down (Jackie) was one of the series signature characters and stars when she played Lady Georgina Worsely.  Down chatted with TV Guide for a look back at her delicious role and why she is so good at being in the soap genre!  Here are a few excerpts!

Lesley-Anne on her instant fame from Upstairs Downstairs but that the pay was less than stellar: “The pay was truly horrendous! I was making only 300 pounds per episode on the hottest show in the world! Bruce wasn’t working at the time. We were living above the first-ever punk shop. Every morning, we’d come down and say, “Oh, hello Johnny!” — meaning Johnny Rotten. “Oh, hello Sid!” — Sid Vicious, of course. I had been doing all these crapola Hammer House of Horror movies up to that point and we had no money, so Bruce and I wrote a porno story for a magazine, and that brought in at least 15 pounds. And then I went and earned 100 pounds for the afternoon dubbing a French porno movie into English — all the while playing Lady Georgina. It was so insane!”

Down on why some of her biggest career moves and successes have been in the soap format: “I love the form. And I love B&B! Prior to playing Jackie, I had done [the NBC daytime soap] Sunset Beach for Aaron Spelling and when that ended after three years I prayed and prayed — I’m a very religious person — saying, “Dear God, I want a soap opera.” [Laughs] There are not a lot of actors out there who pray to God for that! These days the young ones are all looking for a big break because you’re not going to get famous on a soap. But for somebody my age — which is 57 — this is an absolute gift. I’ve been there, done that, darling, so for me this is brilliant. And I will do everything required. I will dye my hair blond, work out like a fiend, drench myself in self-tanner, have my face stretched. I’m only vain about one thing — my arms. I’ll do anything as long as my arms are covered. [Laughs] And, hey, if things don’t work out, I can always go back to dubbing French porn. I’m really good at it, actually!”

Jean Marsh (Rose), Upstairs Downstairs star and co-creator returns April 1oth for a sequel to the series to be seen on PBS! Should be must-see TV!

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Y&R Alum Mckenna Grace to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ For Season Four

She played Faith Newman on The Young and the Restless from 2013-2015 and since that time her career has skyrocketed.

Now comes word that Mckenna Grace has joined the cast of The Handsmaid Tale for its fourth season that is now in production and underway in Toronto, Canada.

According to Deadline, Grace will recur as Mrs. Keyes, a sharply intelligent, teen-aged wife of a much older Commander who rules her farm and household with confidence. She has a rebellious, subversive streak, and is calm and pious on the outside with turmoil, even insanity, on the inside.

The Handmaid Tale is Hulu’s Emmy Award-winning drama and is nominated for 10 Emmys this year and took home its first gold of the ten last night at the Creative Arts Emmys.

As for Mckenna’s other credits … she will be appearing in the upcoming film Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Grace recently starred with Viola Davis in the Amazon feature Troop Zero and in New Line’s Annabelle Comes Home. The actress also was in the film I, Tonya, Lifetime’s The Bad Seed,  and Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House and s he has had recurring roles on TV’s Designated Survivor, Young Sheldon and Fuller House.

So what do you think of Mckenna joining the cast of The Handsmaid’s Tale?

 

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‘Empire’s’ Diamond White Lands Contract Role on The Bold and the Beautiful

Look for The Bold and the Beautiful to add to their cast with news on Thursday that Diamond White (previously see on Empire as Lala) will take on the role of Zoe’s (Kiara Barnes)sister, Paris Buckingham on the CBS daytime drama.

Paris and Zoe are the daughters of crime-ridden Dr. Reese Buckingham (Wayne Brady) who was sent to the slammer for his baby-switch plot involving baby Beth and his gambling debts.

White will begin taping her new role tomorrow on Friday, and will first are on the November 2nd episode of B&B.  Deadline first reported the news.

Besides her role on Empire, Diamond has had a recurring role on Netflix’s Dear White People, as well as a guest art on ABC’s Fresh off the Boat, and more,

Looks like the Buckingham sisters might have their eyes set on Carter (Lawrence Saint-Victor) , the incoming Zende (Delon de Metz) and who knows who else on the canvas!

So, what do you think about a new Buckingham in the mix on B&B? Comment below.

 

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Delon de Metz Debut as Zende on The Bold and the Beautiful Revealed

Fans of The Bold and the Beautiful are eagerly anticipating the return of Zende Forrester Dominquez  to the canvas, last played by Daytime Emmy winner and former How to Get Away with Murder star,  Rome Flynn.

Previously casting news in July for the CBS soap revealed that actor and model, Delon de Metz is taking over the role.

According to Soaps.com, circle Wednesday, October 7th when the character returns to the canvas and in Los Angeles.

Multiple reports say that Zende will be involved in a triangle for Zoe (Kiara Barnes) along with Carter (Lawrence Saint-Victor), or could Zende actually fall for someone else on the series?

Looking forward to Delon’s Bold and Beautiful debut? Comment below.

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