September 13, 2013
For a number of the cast, the new series – the fourth – marks as many years of working together, and they have developed their own rhythms on set.
Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern, as Lord and Lady Grantham, have the ease of an old married couple.
‘We have our own little ways of getting on with things,’ says Bonneville, ‘but we can be very direct with each other if something’s not clicking.’
He finds McGovern ‘completely adorable and just so easy to work with’ – a sentiment echoed by all the cast regarding their colleagues.
Ladies Mary and Edith are a prickly pair as sisters but Michelle Dockery and Laura Carmichael have a much easier friendship. ‘Whenever there’s a scene together, we get the giggles as we walk into the house as it’s such a treat,’ says Carmichael.
Lesley Nicol and Phyllis Logan – Mrs Patmore and Mrs Hughes – have also become something of a double act. ‘We do have a laugh,’ says Nicol. ‘She remembers the words of every song ever written and I bop around in the background.’ Some actors are very different to their roles.
‘Brendan [Coyle] is the complete opposite,’ says Joanne Froggatt. ‘He’s hilarious. I love Bates, but Brendan is much more fun-loving.’
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