Along with many other beautiful photos, today we bring you rare HQ stills and behind the scenes photos from the fourth episode of Season 2. They’re exclusive to DowntOnline, your #1 source for everything Downton Abbey. All credits and our gratitude go out to my lovely friend Nicole.
On the wildly popular PBS costume drama “Downton Abbey,” Jessica Brown-Findlay plays Lady Sybil Crawley, the free-spirited youngest daughter of a British earl. This season unfolds against the backdrop of World War I, and there are many changes afoot at Downton Abbey. The sprawling family home has been converted into a convalescent home for wounded officers, and idealistic Sybil has discovered a new sense of purpose through work as a nurse. She may have also found love with Branson, her family’s hot-headed Irish chauffeur.
Speaking with the same posh, velvety diction as Lady Sybil, Brown-Findlay opened up about her character’s forbidden romance, why she would love to play Edith, and her starring role in the indie film “Albatross,” now in limited release.
The second season of “Downton Abbey” has quite a different feel, doesn’t it?
There’s a weight to the second series because of the war and how much it changed everyone’s lives. Everyone has to kind of roll with the punches far more than they did before. Before it was just a set of rules, and everyone just got on with that.
Sybil really appears torn about Branson.
There are many things she needs to take into consideration with that because obviously that kind of pairing, if she was to do that, she’d have to give up a lot in her life so it’s a big arc. She struggles with that hugely whilst also just desperately trying to help with the war effort. For me it was far more challenging emotionally to do, which is great. Read full story »
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Today, we’re bringing you rare HQ stills and behind the scenes photos from the second episode of Season 2. They’re exclusive to DowntOnline, your #1 source for everything Downton Abbey. All credits and our gratitude go out to my lovely friend Nicole.
By Esther Zuckerman
In the first season of Downton Abbey, Lady Sybil wears harem pants. It’s a scandalous move: the rest of the women in the aristocratic family central to the period drama are dressed in gowns to dine. Her grandmother—the dry, snobbish and hilarious Dowager Countess, played by Maggie Smith—looks aghast. As Sybil smiles smugly, she joins the ranks of edgy female television heroines: a sort of distant cousin to characters like Lindsay Weir and Rory Gilmore. (The pants, it should be noted, have their own Twitter feed.)
The 4.2 million people who watched the American premiere of the second season last Sunday saw Sybil decide to join the World War I effort and become a nurse. The actress who plays Sybil, Jessica Brown Findlay, told us she much prefers wearing the nurse costumes to eveningwear.
Brown Findlay, 22, is making a habit of playing convention-defying young women; her role in the film Albatross, out tomorrow, sees her as an aspiring writer who carries on an affair with a friend’s father. We talked with her about her roles, the lamps of Downton Abbey, and her start as a ballet dancer.
ESTHER ZUCKERMAN: Congrats on the return of Downton Abbey to America, though I guess it must feel like it’s been done for a while for you.
JESSICA BROWN FINDLAY: Yeah, it’s great. I suddenly realized the other day that it was coming out on Sunday. I woke up to a couple of messages from friends I have in the States. Read full story »
Last year’s Best Actor Oscar-winner Colin Firth is throwing his weight behind another British film as the Awards season kicks off.
The 51-year-old hosted a screening of My Week With Marilyn in London last night, and held court with the stars of Downton Abbey.
Firth rubbed shoulders with the ladies of the manor at the event, held at the Covent Garden Hotel.
His onscreen wife Helena Bonham Carter was also in attendance, as was My Week With Marilyn star Zoe Wanamaker.
The trio appeared to be having a great catch-up as they lounged on the couches inside the hotel’s private screening room area.
Elizabeth McGovern, Jessica Brown Findlay and Michelle Dockery were joined by fellow Downton Abbey actor Hugh Bonneville. Read full story »
Jessica Brown Findlay looked gorgeous in a long-sleeved red chiffon dress that fell to just below her knee.
Her brunette locks were swept back from her face, while her make-up was glamorous with a red lip and winged black eyeliner.
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In order to celebrate Downton Abbey‘s return to North American TV screens, we’re bringing you rare HQ stills and behind the scenes photos from the first episode of Season 2. They’re exclusive to DowntOnline, your #1 source for everything Downton Abbey. All credits and our gratitude go out to my lovely friend Nicole.
Big thanks to Lorna for sending us many exclusive scans.
North Americans, Downton Abbey returns for its second season this Sunday, January 8th. Visit PBS for more details and videos behind the scenes!
Big thanks to Lorna for sending us many exclusive scans and for DowntOnline for letting us use their Entertainment Weekly 2012 scans!
Based on Kate Mosse’s international bestseller, Labyrinth is a four-hour event miniseries which will take a global audience on a richly compelling journey through the South of France of the present, and the dark and tortured landscape of the Crusades and Cathar massacres of medieval times. Two spirited and charismatic heroines must somehow work together across the centuries in order to save a four thousand year-old secret from falling into the wrong hands.
Jessica Brown Findlay stars as Alaïs Pelletier. Jessica (represented by Troika) made her film debut in the coming-of-age drama Albatross. She also played Rachel in Misfits, and was recently seen as Abi in Black Mirror:15 Million Merits on Channel 4. She also appears in Downton Abbey as the politically engaged youngest daughter, Lady Sybil Crawley.
Jessica began her career as a dancer, training with the National Youth Ballet and was asked at the age of 15 to dance with the Kirov at the Royal Opera House in London for a summer season. It was after this, during her time of study on a Fine Art course at London’s prestigious Central Saint Martin’s College, that Jessica began acting classes, in which she showed great promise and a natural talent. Read full story »
Also on the boiler in the Christmas special is the ongoing romance between rebel Lady Sybil and chauffeur Branson.
Actor Allen Leech, who plays the Irish driver, was thrilled when the pair finally kissed.
He says: “It is the scene everyone wanted to see.” And Jessica Brown-Findlay, who plays Lady Sybil, insists: “I think she and Branson are truly in love. They would have to be to make that leap.”
Just a reminder for everyone that Downton Abbey: Behind the Drama will be on tomorrow night at 7:30 on ITV1. Be sure to tune in!!