We all know and love her as Cora Countess of Grantham in the hugely popular ITV period drama, Downton Abbey, but Elizabeth McGovern is also a bit of a song bird at heart, so much so she has dreams of duetting with her on-screen husband, Hugh Bonneville!
McGovern began her acting career in Broadway before making a successful leap to film and television, however, what you may not know about her is that she is also a singer and musician!
In 2008 McGovern began fronting the band Sadie and the Hotheads at The Castle pub venue in Portobello Road, London.
The band released an album of songs she developed with The Nelson Brothers, who are now part of the band, and also included Ron Knights on bass and Rowan Oliver, borrowed from Goldfrapp, as drummer for the recording sessions.
Michelle Dockery, who plays McGovern’s eldest daughter Lady Mary in Downton Abbey, has occasionally sung with the band too!
So, it is no wonder the hugely popular US actress is keen on showcasing some of her singing talent in the show, but we aren’t sure just what Mr Bonneville would have to say about it.
Discussing the difference between singing and acting to heat magazine at the Isle Of Wight festival this weekend, McGovern explained:
“I love both! Singing is new and exciting- I just love my band but I still enjoy acting though.”
“Downton has lead into a few of my newer songs but I’ve not written anything about Carson the butler. I suppose one is about the nature of reality – being on a film set infiltrated my lyrics!”
On the possibility of Cora singing on the show, she continued:
“I could try but I don’t think I’d get very far! I could do it but I think Cora singing is far, far away from Julian’s imagination! “
With regards to Bonneville joining her, she added:
“I think Hugh would need a lot of persuading [to duet with me] but you never know maybe one day! Watch this space – maybe I’ll have Mrs Patmore! A lot of the cast have seen me perform but I think food would help give me a chance, especially with Hugh!”
Watch this space!
Downton Abbey is currently filming it’s fourth series at the moment with plans for it to air on our ITV screens this autumn, watch an interview with McGovern in the clip below: