Downton Abbey stars “connect” as sisters

by Lynn Connolly

Downton Abbey stars Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael and Jessica Brown Findlay have told TV Times magazine that in real life as well as on-screen, they “connect” as sisters would.

The stars, who play the roles of Lady Mary, Lady Edith and Lady Sybil in the period drama also discussed what it’s like to be part of the Downton Abbey phenomenon.

First, Laura said, “We are really close. Being part of the whirlwind of Downton Abbey is one thing that brought us together.

“But all three of us are also from all-sister families. Michelle and I have two sisters, and Jess has one.

“I definitely think there’s something in that; we can connect with that similar sense of humour.”

Michelle added, “We do it with a sense of humour. Wouldn’t it be awful if we actually didn’t like each other?

“Julian Fellowes writes for sisters so well. I’m one of three girls and although we don’t argue like that, there are similarities.”

And when asked if they “hang out” together, Laura said, “We share music, watch series on DVD in each other’s trailers and hang out chatting and laughing all day long.

“If we do the crossword, we take the difficult clues to Jim Carter, who plays Carson. He knows all the answers.

“He’s the cleverest man in the world! It’s a very happy set.”

And of being part of a such a hugely successful show, Michelle said, “I guess it’s a launchpad, but I’m still immersed in it. We aren’t available!

“But it’s an amazing series to be a part of. We’re starting to move into the 1920s, and you can see the fashions changing. I’m intrigued to see what they do with our hair.”

Jessica added, “One of the joys of period drama is not being so instantly recognisable.

“I thought someone recognised me once, but they just wanted me to buy them cigarettes because they were underage. I was so embarrassed.”

And Laura said, “The chance to be a part of these stories is fantastic. I know if I wasn’t in the show I would be addicted to watching it.

“I’m still pinching myself most days. We start the Christmas special this week and I can’t wait to get started!”

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.