Kiri Te Kanawa
Character Nellie Melba
Birthday March 6th, 1944
Birthplace Gisborne, New Zealand
IMDB Profile Kiri Te Kanawa at the Internet Movie Database
Appearances Episode 4.03

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (born as Kiri Janette Te Kanawa on 6th March 1944; Gisborne, North Island, New Zealand) made a guest appearance in episode 3 series four of Downton Abbey as Dame Nellie Melba.[1]

Kanawa is considered one of the best sopranos in Britain and the United States and has had a highly successful international opera career since 1968.

Behind the scenesEdit

Gareth Neame has said that Kanawa's performance reduced the cast and crew to tears, saying, "It was quite a special day."[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Kiri Te Kanawa reduced Downton cast to tears, Victoria Ward, The Telegraph, 13th August, 2013.

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