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'Downton Abbey's Elizabeth McGovern to play Isle of Wight Festival

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Actress Elizabeth McGovern

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Downton Abbey star Elizabeth McGovern has been confirmed as one of the acts performing at this year's Isle of Wight Festival.

The 50-year-old actress, who plays the Countess of Grantham in the television period drama, will take to the main stage at the event this June with rock band Big Country, best known for tracks such as 'In a Big Country' and 'Fields of Fire'.

McGovern told the BBC: "I am thrilled to be playing with such a stellar cast of musicians."

Tony Butler from Big Country said: "We had a tradition of working with great female vocalists such as Kate Bush and Eddi Reader in the past, so having the opportunity to have Elizabeth perform with us at the IOW is going to be really cool."

Isle of Wight Festival promoter John Giddings said that he has been "a fan" of McGovern "since Once Upon A Time In America", adding: "As soon as I found out that Elizabeth could sing, it was a must to invite her to play at the festival. We will roll out the red carpet for Lady Cora."

McGovern will also perform at the festival with her own band Sadie and the Hotheads on June 23.

Acts already confirmed for the Isle of Wight Festival include Lana Del Rey, Elbow, Example, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Kelis and Feeder.

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Watch Sadie and the Hotheads perform 'One Thing' below:

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