Downton Abbey in ‘Best’ magazine
A Tall Tale
were forced to rewrite scenes for the youngest male cast member Matt Milne, who plays bumbling new butler* Alfred Nugent, because he’s unusually tall. “All the refernces to my height were added in when they found out I was 8ft 9!” joked Matt 22, who at round 6ft 4in is a giant compared to his co-stars. So is his casting and that of Ed an attempt to sex up the hit show he says ” I don’t think Downton will ever be sexed up. Hoepfully I will bring something new. But there is this bizzare kitchen love triangle because Daisy fancies Alfred, but Alfred likes new girl Ivy. And Ivy flirts with Alfred but the one she really likes is Jimmy.
The sight of Hugh Bonneville and co-star Brendan Coyle shopping in LA recently was too much for one female fan. “When she realised the Earl of Grantham and Bates were wanderign around a farmer’s market she started hyperventaliating!” laughs Hugh. It’s an emotional series for Hugh whose character gets into finacial difficulties risking the future of his beloved home. But it was the scene where the Earl gave away his daughter Lady Mary that really choked the actor,48. “I was really moved when Mary came downstairs in her wedding dress” admitted the actor who has a son Felix with wife Lulu Evans “I could imagine how emotional it must be for fathers when their eldest daughters fly the nest”
Dan’s the man
Dashing Dan Stevens is reluctant heir Matthew Crawley who finally gets his girl Lady Mary Crawley down the asile although not without a few hitches along the way. But it’s been a busy time for Dan 29, who’s wife Susie Hariet gave birth to a brother for their daughter Willow 2, during filming two months ago “Fatherhood is fantastic” he told Best. “My kids are great and i’m lucky to have one of each” But the actor doesn’t plan anytime off now the show has finished filming, “I’m off to do a play in New York which I got thanks to Downton” he says. “The whole family is comign with me, which should be fun”
Newboy Ed Speleers 24, plays hansome footmen Jimmy Kent who sets all the Downton girls hearts all of a flutter. Of course he comes to the attention of valet Thomas when Jimmy reveals his ambitions to progress to a valet. Eagled-eye viewers will regonised Ed - who sadly has a long term girlfriend- from his starring role in fantasy adventure film Eragonwhen he was a mere schoolboy. “Joining Downton was like a first day at a new school” says Ed. “But luckily everyone’s been very welcoming here. My character arrives a few episodes in, so it’s not like I had a rehersal period or a read-through to really get to know everyone. I literally had to arrive in the middle of the scene in the day and hit the ground running.”
*I think they mean footman