Gwyneth Paltrow to Star in Fellows’ latest Period Drama? Rumors are emerging that Gwyneth Paltrow could be the star of Julian fellows’ new Period Drama The Gilded Age. This series is set to be the prequel of Downtown Abbey which documents how the Earl and Countess of Grantham met. Gweneth Paltrow is no stranger to bonnets and ringlets. She has starred in period dramas before including playing Emma in the 1996 adaption of Jane Austen’s novel and she won a Best Actress Academy Award for her role in the 1998 film, Shakespeare in Love. It was reported to the Daily Mirror newspaper: “Gwyneth is seen by Julian and his team as one of the best actresses in the world. They have loved her work in period dramas and know what she could bring to ‘The Gilded Age’.” After the huge success of Downtown it definitely looks like a series to watch out for!