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.”
By Teddy Jamieson
26 Sep 2011
It is hardly a revelation that an actress is unlike the characters she plays, but for Jessica Brown-Findlay, the gap between the roles and the reality is a chasm.
It’s fair to say Jessica Brown-Findlay makes an impression when she first appears in her new film Albatross.
Asked by a shopkeeper to prove she’s old enough to buy the bottle of wine, she gives him a look, pulls up her top and flashes her breasts. This afternoon in Edinburgh the actor is a little more demure. A shy hello and a quick handshake is all I get. Well, it is Sunday and I haven’t got any wine to hand. Read full story »
Downton Abbey airs in the UK on Sunday on ITV1 at 9pm British Time, which is 3pm US CST / 4PM EST. The show will air in the US in January on PBS.
When injury forced Jessica Brown Findlay to give up her promising ballet career she was bereft. For solace, she turned to acting. Now she’s starring in Downton Abbey and trying to decide what to wear for the premiere of her first film.
Lady Sybil’s not the main character in Downton Abbey — but is the actress who plays her, Jessica Brown Findlay on her way to becoming Downton‘s breakout star? As well as the lead role in new Britflick Albatross, Brown Findlay has been cast in Black Mirror, the Channel 4 miniseries created by Charlie Brooker. She’ll appear with Julia Davis, Rupert Everett and Daniel Kaluuya in Brooker’s story about a future world where a TV talent show is the only way out of enforced drudgery.
Black Mirror comes to C4 this autumn.
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Not only did Downton Abbey celebrate the premiere its season two premiere today, it also snagged Outstanding Miniseries or Movie at the Primetime Emmy Awards. The series was a big winner tonight! Congratulations to all our Downton winners!
The final awards handed out at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards were for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, Outstanding Drama Series, and Outstanding Comedy Series.
The award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie went to Downton Abbey, which was featured on PBS Masterpiece. The second season of the program began airing on Britain’s ITV Sunday evening and is expected to air in the United States in January. The program also won Outstanding Supporting Actress for Maggie Smith, Outstanding Directing, and Outstanding Writing. The first season currently streams on Netfilx.
Harry Treadaway and Jessica Brown Findlay attended the AllSaints ‘Not For Sale’ Launch Party at One Marylebone on September 17, 2011 in London, England.
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Look, no bonnets — Ditching the corsets (and giving Glamour all the gossip), it’s the stars of Downton Abbey as you’ve never seen them before.
Jessica Brown Findlay, the Downton Abbey star, says the cast got demob happy towards the end of filming the new series and had some fun placing a whoopee cushion beneath each other.
Happily, Dame Maggie Smith was not subjected to such japes. “You just don’t do that to her,” the actress told me at the V Festival in Chelmsford.
She was a guest in Virgin Media’s luxurious Louder Lounge along with Tom Watson, Labour’s own witchfinder general. I trust all the hospitality will be declared.
Meet my mate: Downton Abbey‘s Michelle Dockery and her BFF
Julian Fellowes, Phyllis Logan, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Jim Carter, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville and Zoe Boyle.
Thanks to misfolly for uploading for those of us outside the UK!
Source: Enchanted Serenity of Period Films (a most recommended link for all Downton Abbey fans!)
The uptown boy from Downton
Oxbridge-educated Dan Stevens has been hailed as the new Colin Firth — and, happily for us, has a bad habit of leaking secret about the hit series that made his name…