Laura Carmichael tells us more about being a lady in the 20s in Downton Abbey
THIS season sees Lady Edith break all the rules. Laura Carmichael, who has played the role since the start of the series lets us in on her storyline. Plus, a sneak peek behind the scenes of the drama.
What have you most enjoyed about season five?
I’ve found it the toughest season as it’s very emotional and my storyline is quite separate from the rest of the house.
Sum up Lady Edith at the start of the season?
She’s in a bit of a mess and a web of secrets. She’s had a child out of wedlock and has realised it is impossible to give up her daughter for adoption in Switzerland. One of the farmers down the road, Mr Drewe takes her in under the guise that she’s an orphan. But some of the family knows about the child. Edith and Mary are always feuding as well.
With such heavy plots, is there any fun on set?
When you’ve wrapped a scene or breaking for lunch, you laugh harder because you’ve been crying all day. It’s very enjoyable, although they are tough scenes to do. It’s not something you can take lightly.
Are there many gaffes when you’re filming?
Yes, lots, and there’s nothing funnier than hearing someone who’s extremely posh get their lines wrong.
The best part of 1920s fashion.
I love the daywear because it could easily be worn now. The coats are phenomenally well-tailored and finish the look. Even the 1920s flapper look, is weirdly flattering and risqué. It’s a different kind of sexy — classy and glamorous.
What makes the show so popular globally?
Julian Fellowes (the director) took the framework of shows like The West Wing and ER with many characters circling around each other, and he gave it a very British twist. It’s a classic period drama that’s told at such a fast pace and there are 17 or 18 lead characters and more characters besides. It’s lavish and it’s a fantasy, with a no-expense-spared look to it. That I suppose has drawn attention.
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