Four of the cast members of the upcoming period drama series “The Gilded Age” (a story of millionaires and aristocrats, of old money and new money) have been announced.

Julian Fellowes, creator, writer, executive producer of The Gilded Age, courtesy HBO

Read on for details about the upcoming Victorian era period series, from the creator of “Downton Abbey.”





What was the Gilded Age?

The American Gilded Age was a period of immense economic change, of huge fortunes made and lost, and the rise of disparity between old money and new.

When and where is The Gilded Age series set?

The story begins in 1882 New York, set against this exciting new world that is on the brink of transformation into the modern age.

Who are the showrunners?

Julian Fellowes, creator, writer and executive producer of ”Downton Abbey” is also the creator, writer and executive producer of “The Gilded Age.” “Downton Abbey’s” Gareth Neame and Michael Engler executive-produce, and Engler directs. Fellowes, Naeme, and Engler most recently reunited for the Downton Abbey movie

What is the period drama The Gilded Age about?

According to Julian Fellowes, the historical drama “will be about ambition, of course, and envy and hatred and, perhaps most of all, about love,” but here is a more detailed synopsis:

Marian Brook, a young orphaned daughter of a Southern general, moves in with her rigidly conventional aunts in New York City. With the help of Peggy Scott, an African-American woman masquerading as her maid, Marian gets caught up in the dazzling lives of her rich neighbors (led by a ruthless railroad tycoon and his ambitious wife struggling for acceptance by the Astor and Vanderbilt set) as she struggles to decide between adhering to the rules or forging her own path.

Who stars in The Gilded Age?

Christine Baranski and Cynthia Nixon

Christine Baranski (Chicago) and Cynthia Nixon (A Quiet Passion) play sisters Agnes and Ada:

Christine Baranski is sister #1 Agnes van Rhijn: Agnes is a proud and stubborn aristocrat who will never accept that the world has changed, and that ancient values are being replaced by new ones. She found herself penniless as her parents’ plantation was foundering, even before the war, but she managed to catch a husband just in time. Agnes has a son named Oscar, whom she worships, but her worship is not returned.

Cynthia Nixon is sister #2 Ada Brook: Ada is another victim of the collapse of the old south, but unlike her sister Agnes, she never found a way to get out until it was too late, and she was forced back on her sister’s charity. She is not naturally confrontational, but she is capable of standing up for what she believes.

Amanda Peet and Morgan Spector

Amanda Peet (The Romanoffs) and Morgan Spector (Boardwalk Empire) play husband and wife Bertha and George:

Amanda Peet is social-ladder-climbing Bertha Russell: Bertha comes from the ordinary middle-class. She backed her instincts when she set out to catch her husband George, the son of a merchant family who has proved to be a financial genius. She is determined to use her money and position to break into a society that resists change at every turn.

Morgan Spector is her husband George Russell: A classic robber baron of his own time, Russell is pleasant enough in company. He’s fond of his wife and his children, but utterly ruthless in business. He has already acquired millions, and billions will follow. In every challenge, George must win.

How many episodes are in The Gilded Age?

10 episodes of the period drama have been ordered.

Where can I watch The Gilded Age?

The Gilded Age is expected to air across HBO’s platforms. According to TV Guide, HBO Max, Warner Media’s new streaming service launching in 2020, is also expected to carry the period drama.

When does The Gilded Age premiere?

Stay tuned, the premiere date hasn’t been announced. (And stay tuned for more cast announcements!)

If you enjoyed this post, be sure to see The Period Films List, with the best historical and costume dramas sorted by era. You’ll especially like the Best Period Dramas: Victorian Era list, and want to read about Belgravia.