Julian Fellowes, the creator of the hugely popular ITV period drama Downton Abbey has taken his seat in the House of Lords as a Conservative peer.

According to the BBC, the director and Oscar winning screenwriter, who is also a long-standing Conservative supporter, swore his allegiance to the Queen in a short ceremony on Thursday morning.

He joined 54 other new members announced by the Prime Minister in November, including former Chief of the General Staff Sir Richard Dannatt, broadcaster Dame Joan Bakewell and former England women’s cricket captain Rachael Heyhoe-Flint.

Julian has previously helped write political speeches for leading Conversatives, as well as winning an Oscar in 2002 for his work on the screenplay for Robert Altman’s film Gosford Park.

He has also won critical acclaim for the recent ITV1 hit Downton Abbey which saw a massive 10.1m viewers tune in to the final episode as well as being recommissioned for a second series.