Michelle Dockery has confessed that the costumes on the set of Downton Abbey smelled bad because they were worn by several people on set.
The 40-year-old actress, who played Lady Mary on the hit show, told Downton Abbey: The Official Podcast how the elaborate outfits were shared which meant they gave off a smell at the end of the day .
The podcast, hosted by Jacqueline Coley and Anita Rani, features exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes access to the cast’s production teams.
Smelly! Michelle Dockery has confessed that the costumes on the set of Downton Abbey smelled bad because they were worn by several people on set
Michelle said: ‘Yes, let’s start with the smell. Thus, some of these superb original costumes were worn by several actors.
“They just kind of make a little buzz, and that’s normally at the end of the day, of course, because you’ve been there all day.
“And they just hum, and it’s not your scent, it’s like someone else’s scent.”
Main role: The actress, 40, who played Lady Mary on the hit show, told Downton Abbey: The Official Podcast how the elaborate outfits were shared, which meant they smelled at the end of the day (photo by Downton Abbey)
She added that she felt a lot more “free” as the series progressed and corsets fell out of fashion.
She said: “We could actually eat our lunches without feeling pain in the afternoon and be able to eat a full meal instead of being wary of how bloated we’d feel in that corset.”
Meanwhile, Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith), has expressed her excitement about the costume change ahead of the new shoot.
She revealed: ‘I think going through the 20s becomes more exciting because the hems go up a bit, a more masculine seam.
Thrilling: Downton Abbey: A New Era is the highly anticipated cinematic return of the global period drama phenomenon that follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants.
Michelle and Laura are set to star in April’s upcoming film Downton Abbey: A New Era, alongside Dame series stalwarts Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville.
Downton Abbey: A New Era is the highly anticipated cinematic return of the global period drama phenomenon that follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants.
The film, written by Julian Fellowes, takes the familiar faces to the south of France to uncover the mystery of the Dowager Countess’ newly inherited villa as they try to evade a camera crew at Downton.
Co-stars! Michelle and Laura are set to star in the upcoming April film Downton Abbey: A New Era, alongside Dame series stalwarts Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville
They will be joined by Dominic West, who also opened the podcast about his experiences on set.
He said, “It’s very daunting to be on a show that’s been going on for so long, being such a big phenomenon and such a big hit.”
“I had never been to Highclere (castle) before… you walk up the driveway and you get to the top of the hill and there it is.
“It’s like a Disney castle and you can’t quite believe it’s real.
“It’s such an extraordinary outline against, against the horizon and…so that was the first kind of breathing.”
Meeting his cast mates, he added, “I had a whole day or two, even with Maggie Smith. I was sitting next to her at that famous dining table.
“I argue with her… she’s the funniest woman in the world and also the meanest.”
“It was fun sitting there talking to him, it was awesome and…all the actors sat down and you could see they had been doing this for so long.”
Dominic said the show’s meal scenes were “difficult” to film due to the heat and the need to film individual characters, but added that he was “like a kid in a candy store” throughout the process.
Big fan! Dominic detailed filming days with Dame Maggie, who plays the iconic Violet Crawley, whom he described as the “funniest woman alive”.