Ahead of the return of Downton Abbey for its fourth series, here's a look at the first images from the set.

The third series ended with the tragic car crash of Lady Mary's husband, Matthew (Dan Stevens), leaving her to raise George on her own as Tom is doing with Sybil or Sybbie, following the death of his wife Sybil in childbirth.

However it seems Branson will not be lonely for too long as according to Digital Spy, Daisy Lewis has been cast as his new love interest.

How cute does Lady Mary Crawley's (Michelle Dockery) baby George look next to his cousin Sybil and her dad Tom Branson, played by Irish man Allen Leech?

Elsewhere Lady Rose MacClare is set to continue to cause havoc and thankfully regulars Sophie McShera (Daisy) and Jim Carter (Carson) are set to return to Downton for the new series in September.

Speaking to Digital Spy about the new series, Irish actor Brendan Coyle who plays John Bates, said: "I'm going to stick my neck out and say it's our best series ever.

"It's certainly my best series ever. I'm really, really grateful for Julian [Fellowes] for that. My storylines are phenomenal... And I'm not going to die in a car crash!"

Branson and baby Sybbie

Lily James plays Lady Rose MacClare

Sophie McShera plays Daisy Mason, Downton's popular kitchen maid

Downton wouldn't be Downton without Carson, played by Jim Carter