Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Downton Abbey stars play 'Edwardian Ant and Dec' in event hosted by Allen Leech and Rob James-Collier

May 21, 2014 16:10 By Lorcan Lovett

Members of the Downton Abbey Cast with Chilterns MS Centre Trustee Linda Oatley, chief executive Robert Breakwell and fundraiser Hannah Asquith

Seven members of the award-winning Downton Abbey cast joined 115 guests at Hedsor House for a fundraising dinner last Friday (May 16).

The evening in Taplow was in aid of Chilterns MS Centre which provides treatment to people with Multiple Sclerosis across South Bucks.

Rob James-Collier who plays under butler ‘Thomas Barrow’ and Allen Leech ‘Branson’ once the chauffeur and now part of the ‘Grantham’ family, hosted the event and described themselves as the Edwardian Ant and Dec.

The guests had plenty of opportunity to talk to Michelle Dockery ‘Lady Mary’ from ‘upstairs’ and Jim Carter ‘Carson’, Phyllis Logan ‘Mrs Hughes’, Lesley Nichol ‘Mrs Patmore’ and Sophie McShera ‘Daisy’ all in the ‘downstairs cast’.

Robert Breakwell, chief executive of Chilterns MS Centre, said: "It is not often that a small, local charity like the Chilterns MS Centre is supported by the cast of a global TV phenomenon.  I would like to sincerely thank Rob James-Collier and his fellow cast members for making this Downton Dinner possible."

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