Actress Lily James is equally enthusiastic. She was in a cafe when she found out the part of Lady Rose would be returning for the new series: ‘I somehow managed to spill my drink I was so excited,’ she smiles.

‘At first, it was scary to be joining a show that is so brilliant and wonderful and that everyone loves. But within the fi rst episode, I began to feel a part of it. Everyone is so generous and warm.’

Twenty-four-year-old Lily has particularly valued the friendship of Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary. ‘I don’t know what I would have done without her. We went to the same drama school and she has been giving me lots of help and advice. She is great at keeping a sense of humour about it all.’

(…) His admiration is shared by Lily James. ‘I think Dame Maggie is one of the greatest actresses ever. To be with her on set, watching her, is a gift for any young actress.’



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