Be­hind the scenes

No.1 has the in­sider scoop from Down­ton Abbey author and ex­pert, Jes­sica Fel­lowes.

No. 1 Magazine - - DOWNTON ABBEY SPECIAL -

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.

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