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Kristin Scott Thomas
Though we'll never forget her in "The English Patient," Thomas has lived in France since she was 19. So why not take advantage of Thomas' exceptional acting in either language? It would be an intriguing complication for a distant French cousin or visiting nobility to drop into Downton to make condescending comments about the decor, manners and all things English. Even more fun? Have her form a fast friendship with rule breaker Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay).