What The 'Downton Abbey' Cast Looks Like In Real Life, Because Those Gowns Are For TV Only

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The great thing about modern TV is that you can see an actor or actress play a character on screen in full-on costume — and then see them in real life, looking absolutely nothing like that character. Thanks to really awesome makeup and costuming skills in period TV dramas, these portrayers can become totally different people on-screen. The female cast of Downton Abbey looks different in real life, compared to how they appear on the show and it's so awesome. It's really crazy how a totally different hairstyle and wardrobe from another era can make a person almost unrecognizable.

Here a handy guide of what the Downton Abbey actresses look like on the show, versus in their real lives.

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