Five Fascinating TV And Film Facts #15

The secret Gossip Girl should never have told, Hogwarts robe pockets and Gillian Anderson's connection to Downton Abbey

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    Lady Gillian Grantham

    Downton Abbey's Crawley clan could have looked a little different. The X-Files and The Fall star Gillian Anderson was offered a part in the hit ITV period drama back in 2010, but she turned it down. Apparently Anderson was contacted to play American Cora Crawley, a role eventually filled by Elizabeth McGovern.

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    Harry Potter and the forbidden snacks

    After filming on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the cast's Hogwarts robes had their roomy pockets sewn shut because Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) kept trying to sneak food onto the set. Naughty, naughty.

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    Fifty Shades of SmartPhone

    We all know Fifty Shades of Grey, the sexy blockbuster starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, is based on Twilight fan fiction. But did you know author EL James wrote most of it on her Blackberry? It seems you can use that Notes section for more than a hurried shopping list...

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    Who am I? That's one secret they should never have told...

    Think the Gossip Girl finale made no sense? Star Penn Badgley, who played Dan Humphrey, agrees with you. "It doesn't make sense at all," he recently admitted, but added: "It wouldn't have made sense for anybody. Gossip Girl doesn't make sense!"

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    Not dark like Darcy

    Colin Firth initially turned down the role of Mr Darcy in the BBC's 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice. In fact, his family and friends "pleaded" with him not to take it. "People said 'no you can’t because he’s supposed to be sexy and dark'," admitted Firth recently. Good job he didn't listen, eh?

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