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‘Downton Abbey’ writer, creator Julian Fellowes to receive 2015 Intl Emmy Founders Award

MUMBAI: The International Academy of Television Arts Sciences will present the 2015 International Emmy Founders Award to Julian Fellowes, the writer and creator of ‘Downton Abbey’.

Academy president, CEO Bruce L. Paisner announced that Fellowes will accept the Award at the 43rd International Emmy® Awards Gala on 23 November in New York City.

Fellowes began his career as an actor. He grew up in England, attended Cambridge University, then drama school and worked on stage with several repertory companies. He subsequently appeared in over 40 films and TV shows, while at the same time writing screenplays for such movies as ‘Vanity Fair’, ‘Separate Lies’ and ‘Gosford Park’. For the last film he took home an Oscar. He is also responsible for writing international bestseller ‘Snobs’. Fellowes turned this passion for writing into a second career.

Paisner said, “People everywhere know, follow and are passionate about Downton Abbey, and the Academy is thrilled to honor its writer and creator Julian Fellowes. Julian has brought a career’s worth of experience and ideas to this landmark television series and we look forwarding to welcoming him and members of the Downton Abbey cast at our Gala.”

Fellowes said, “This is an extraordinary honour, both for me and for the Downton team and I can only say that I feel simultaneously unworthy and very, very grateful. It is a significant high point of my career. Thank you.”

Set in an Edwardian country house in the early 20th Century, ‘Downton Abbey’ portrays the lives of the Crawley family who own the house and the servants who work for them. Fellowes’ other recent television writing credits include ‘Titanic’ and ‘The Young Victoria’.

Fellowes is also set to write a new series ‘The Gilded Age’, a fictional epic of the millionaire titans of New York City in the 1880s for NBCUniversal.