Downton Abbey stars visit SA

By admin
12 October 2012

The show’s Daisy and Thomas tell us about the period drama that’s taken the world by storm

If you thought you spotted two familiar faces from that posh place in the English countryside you’ve seen on TV you’d be right.

Daisy the kitchen maid and Thomas the footman of Downton Abbey were in SA recently – and there wasn’t a frilly cap or starched collar in sight.

Actors Sophie McShera and Rob James-Collier were here courtesy of the BBC to chat about the show and take in some sights far from the kitchens, drawing rooms and gravel driveways of Downton – the Yorkshire country manor viewers the world over have come to know.

South Africans are equally hooked on the show, which airs on BBC Entertainment, channel 120 on DStv.

The global success has taken them by surprise, the actors say. “Julian [Fellowes] is one of the best writers so we knew going in it was going to be great,” Rob (36) says. “Add an excellent cast and crew and we knew we were on our way. What surprised us all though is the international interest.”

Sophie (27) agrees. “I had no expectations and no idea how popular the show would be. I was just so excited to be part of it.”

Read more of Gilda Narsimdas’ interview with Sophie and Rob in YOU 18 October 2012.

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