Downton Abbey star Elizabeth McGovern has landed a big gig supporting Mike & The Mechanics on the road.

The actress' musical side project, Sadie & the Hotheads, will open for Mike Rutherford's rock act on their 23-date The Living Years 25th anniversary U.K. tour in February and March (14).

MCGovern, who plays Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, in the hit Tv period drama, and her bandmates have a busy start to 2014 planned - they also have to pack in rescheduled shows they were forced to cancel in November (13), due to recording commitments.