Most hated . . . and loving it
Actress revels in playing a spiteful spinster maid, writes
DOWNTON Abbey star Siobhan Finneran says she gets a kick out of playing the most-hated character on the television period drama.
The actress, 46, plays Sarah O’Brien, Lady Grantham’s scheming lady’s maid.
She tells Radio Times: ‘‘I actually have great fun being sniffy to everyone! I love O’Brien the most when she’s spiteful and has a brilliant putdown. She’s a clever lady and a bad enemy to make.’’
She adds: ‘‘Some people like to think she was just born bad, but I believe that at some point she has had some damage done to her.
‘‘I have invented a back story for her, although whether that matches what (creator) Julian (Fellowes) had in mind, I’m not sure. The fact that she had a nephew and family she cared about came as a bit of a surprise.’’
The Benidorm actress would like to see her alter ego find romance: ‘‘O’Brien with a boyfriend would be stupendous! Who would be brave enough to take her on a date? Kevin Doyle, who plays Molesley, and I are always speculating what our characters would be like on a date – it would be hilarious.’’
Coming in 2013,
Siobhan Finneran snapped third from the left.