Thursday, February 19, 2015


with Downton Abbey cast including Maggie Smith (3rd from left) 
It is probably a lovely spot in the summer time but Highclere Castle in the pouring rain in February isn't the ideal place to be.
 However, Lady Carnarvon and the Downton Abbey cast, who were there on one of their regular sojourns to film a few interior and exterior shots before returning to their regular home at Ealing Studios, made me extremely welcome.
  After watching the filming of a scene with Elizabeth Govern (Lady Mary) and Jim Carter (Carson the butler), who, it turns out, is something of a comedian, I had lunch with other journalists and members of the cast in a marquee specially constructed for the occasion in the castle grounds.
  I was at a table with the lovely Joanne Froggatt, who this year made an emotional speech on winning a Golden Globe for her role as Anna the maid, and Leslie Nicol, who plays Mrs. Patmore the cook.
  Leslie tells me she and her husband spend three months a year on holiday in California with their two dogs. Next time she comes she's going to contact me and we'll take the dogs for a walk along the Palisades.      

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