Los Angeles Review of Books – Parvenucracy
I will make it my life’s work to find one of those Rebecca Greville romance novels!
Fellowes once described himself as “bottom of the top.” (Not quite upper class, you see). Yet, for many years, he was that classless thing—a jobbing actor. In desperation, he even went to Hollywood in search of work and was shortlisted to take over from Hervé Villechaize as a butler on Fantasy Island. He later played the role of the intriguingly named Lord Kilwillie on the British sitcom Monarch of the Glen and penned a novel, Snobs, about social climbers in search of a title. He also wrote bodice rippers under the pseudonym Rebecca Greville. (Hence the bodice ripping in Downton Abbey) [emphasis added].