Downton Abbey Cast Visits New York City, Hangs With Knicks Player Amar’e Stoudemire

Downton Abbey cast Joanne Froggatt, Rob James-Collie, Brendan Coyle, Sophie McShera and Hugh Bonneville pose with New York Knicks player Amare Stoudemire at Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2012 in New York City. James Devaney/WireImage

From old Yorkshire to New York!

Downton Abbey stars Hugh Bonneville, Robert James-Collier, Joanne Froggatt, Sophie McShera, and Brendan Coyle enjoyed a little Big Apple bonding this weekend when they hit the town together in NYC.

On Sunday, Dec. 9, the cast of the PBS British-American period drama visited Madison Square Garden to see their first-ever live professional basketball game, between the city's New York Knicks and the Denver Nuggets. Prior to the event, they were welcomed onto the court to take a picture with Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire.

The British stars seemed to enjoy the sport — Bonneville, a.k.a. Robert Crawley, called it "basketamazeballs" on Twitter — but their loyalties still lie with England.

"It's just not cricket," the actor, 49, tweeted of the game, which the Knicks won 112 to 106.

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The cast of Downton Abby in New York City. Twitter/Hugh Bonneville

The cast also braved the New York City subway on Sunday. Bonneville tweeted a photo of himself and his co-stars posing under a "Downtown" sign — with his hand covering the "w."

"Out and about in #NYC," he wrote beside the pic, along with the hashtag "#downtondoesdowntown."

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