Writer, 'Downton Abbey'

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Julian Fellowes’ first reaction to the 11-nomination Emmy haul for “Downton Abbey” was to marvel at the numerous craft nods.

“You’re very, very dependent on the actors, on the designer, on the music, the cinematography, the casting,” said Fellowes, who was on his way to a London charity event organized by “Downton” star Hugh Bonneville where, by happy accident, much of the cast and crew will be together to celebrate. “It’s really exciting to see such a lot of them honored in this way. … It doesn’t matter how good the idea is: If it is not served, it does not go anywhere.”

Fellowes has continued to be immersed in the “Downton” world. Having already finished the sequel, he just turned in the script for a “Downton” Christmas special that will bow in the U.K. this year.

“I think the biggest challenge (of ‘Downton’) was to have 18 principal characters,” Fellowes said. “You’ve got 18 plates spinning in 18 sticks, and you have to make sure none of them fall off. Any writer realizes that’s the issue — trying to keep everyone moving forward.”

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