By Peter Robertson

TO THE sorrow of Lady Sybil’s growing legion of male fans it’s a scene that will never be seen on TV: the heiress bursting out of her corset.

Jessica Brown Findlay, 21, who plays the free-spirited aristocrat in Downton Abbey, reveals: “I had really bad hay fever and was sitting in my trailer when I sneezed and burst my corset of the evening dress I was wearing.

“It went ‘Pooowww!’ I came out in a dressing-gown looking really guilty and one of the runners said: ‘Oh my God, what have you done?’ “My corset had to be sewn on at the speed of lightning because I was in the next scene.”

Michele Dockery, 30, her screen sister Lady Mary Crawley, says: “We’re very lucky, we have our corsets made for us so they’re not as uncomfortable as you would think, but we tread on each other’s skirts quite a lot.”

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