Behind the scenes
No.1 has the insider scoop from Downton Abbey author and expert, Jessica Fellowes.
Jessica Fellowes, author of the Downton Abbey book series and niece of creator, Julian Fellowes, spills the beans on what really goes on behind the scenes.
The cast are so very close, they filmed six days a week and it was really long hours.
It’s going to be strange for them to leave, especially for the younger cast members. For some, Downton Abbey was their first big acting job, Laura Carmichael who played Lady Edith, was on her first job so I’m intrigued to see what she goes onto next.
It will be interesting to see what happens with some of the older cast members’ careers.
Lesley Nicol who plays Mrs Patmore is renting a house in Beverly Hills, she’s really going for a Hollywood career. I think now more than ever it’s acceptable to have older women in a strong role.
I know many of the cast will go on to great things.
Sophie Mcshera who played the character Daisy, is very versatile and Michelle Docherty who played Lady Mary, is very brave, I think she could go on to do something amazing.
Edith has not been particularly likeable but she represented what happened to a lot of women in that era.
Before the First War these women knew exactly how their lives were going to turn out, just like their mothers. After the War women had to change.
I enjoyed watching Edith’s character develop over the years.
I think Julian ( Downton Abbey creator) has decided she’s one of those unlucky people where nothing works out for her.
There were 400 original costumes designs for the show.
They started off hiring the costumes but clothes from that era are now almost 100 years old, so they are falling apart. This series has been dazzling fashion-wise, the 1920s is still so relevant now. The costume designers have to be there so early in the morning and they are there until last thing at night. They have to dress absolutely everybody!
I think a lot of the cast and crew would love to see a Downton film.
Whether they can bring them all together again I’m not sure. I do think there’s the will to do a film though.
A lot happens in the final series, there is resolution to many of the storylines.
Julian likes the idea of a tidy ending, but he isn’t an audience pleaser. He gets people telling him what should happen in the show all the time, but he’s always known where he wants the characters to end up.
Michelle Docherty is set to star alongside Jim Broadbent in the film, The Sense of an Ending
Lesley Nicol who plays Mrs Patmore is headed for Hollywood
Downton was Laura Carmichael’s first role.