No romance for 'Downton Abbey' in-laws, says actors

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Michelle Dockery and Allen Leech of "Downton Abbey" say Cupid's arrow is not headed for their characters.

While talking to a TV Critics' panel Tuesday, the actors said they find it "very funny" some fans are hoping for a romantic pairing for in-laws Lady Mary Crawley and Tom Branson.

Both characters are widowed and have become confidantes in their grief.

In season five of the British drama, premiering Jan. 5 on PBS, that bond will strengthen as they work to preserve their country estate.

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