'Downton Abbey's' Elizabeth McGovern Ready Readies Tour with Sadie & the Hotheads

Elizabeth McGovern

Elizabeth McGovern

Downton Abbey won't be the only place fans can see Elizabeth McGovern this winter: The show's star is heading on a tour with her folk-rock band in December.

McGovern is the lead singer for Sadie and the Hotheads, which embarks on its first U.S. tour Dec. 4 in Washington. The 10-date tour wraps Dec. 14 in Hartford, Connecticut.

McGovern plays the role of American heiress Cora Crawley, the Countess of Grantham, on the hit Downton Abbey, which has its fifth season premiere on Jan. 4. The timing of the tour and the show's return is a coincidence, McGovern said.

The PBS series has earned the 53-year-old actress Golden Globe and Emmy nominations.

Sadie and the Hotheads have performed in Europe. The seven-member group released their debut album in 2007 and dropped their third album, "Still Waiting," earlier this year.

"It's an electric mix of songs in terms of musical genre," she said.

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McGovern received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress for her role in the 1981 movie Ragtime. She has appeared onstage in New York and London.

Their 2012 album, How Not to Lose Things, featured guest vocals from Michelle Dockery, who plays McGovern's eldest daughter, Lady Mary Crawley, on Downton Abbey.

"There's a lot of her spirit in that album," McGovern said.

McGovern said fans can expect "rich" and "textured" moments from the upcoming season of Downton.

Sadie and the Hotheads' tour will visit New York City; Newark, New Jersey; and Annapolis, Maryland. Most tickets go on sale Friday.