The actress who plays Lady Rose McClare talks about the fourth season of ‘Downton Abbey’, Mick Jagger and ‘living free, wild and young’

Are you enjoying being such a rebel?
‘I’m loving it, it’s very freeing. Everything’s allowed.’

Rose is quite a liability.
‘Yeah, very unaware of the consequences of her actions, and no ability to abide by rules.’

She’s at the centre of the bright young things as the 1920s – how was that to film?
‘Really exciting. The world of the flapper, live free, wild and young – that energy is intoxicating. It’s nice to inject that into the more controlled Downton way of living. And there’s loads of dancing. It’s really funny doing it all together, treading on each other’s toes. You don’t expect to see Jim [Carter, who plays Carson] doing the one-step. But he’s very good!’

Does Rose have love interests this year?
‘There’s all sorts of potential for that this year.’ Who does Rose bond with most in the family? ‘Cora, I think. She doesn’t have any real love in her life, so she’s searching for that.’

Do you like Rose?
‘I have a love-hate relationship with her. She’s really shallow, but she’s got a big heart – she’s so young, but her depth of emotional perspective gets bigger this year.’

Do you use Twitter?
‘I have an account but I don’t use it. It’s dangerous – if you search yourself then read things you don’t want to, it’s tough. It’s a temptation, so I’m not using Twitter for the time being.’

There’s a huge celebrity fanbase for ‘Downton’. Has anyone surprised you?
‘We talk about it as a cast. Apparently Mick Jagger loves it. And my brothers aren’t famous, but they love it. They started watching because of me, but now they’re hooked. ‘

Are you happy to stay as long as you can?
‘I’m having such a great time – I’ll be in it as long as they’ll have me.’


ITV has announced that the new series of ‘Downton Abbey’ will begin later this month.

The feature-length first episode of Series 4 will air at 9pm on Sunday 22 September on ITV.


Added a high quality still featuring Lily as Lady Rose MacClare in ‘Downton Abbey’ season 4. I think it’s from episode 1 but I am not sure about it.
Edit: +2 HQ stills have been added to the gallery.

Television Productions > Downton Abbey (2012-2013) > Season 4 > Episode Stills > Episode #4.1

As you know, Lily is featured in the Wonderland September/October issue. I have added outtakes from this new photoshoot. Lily looks gorgeous as always!

Studio Photoshoots > Outtakes & Sessions > Session 024

Another short film festival for the cast and crew of ‘Silent Treatment’! Lily’s upcoming project will be screened at the 5th Annual San Jose International Short Film Festival (October 17-20). For more information, you can visit their website.

Lily is featured in the Daily Mail Weekend magazine as Lady Rose MacClare for a special ‘Downton Abbey’ edition. Many thanks to reginaldmaudling for the scans.

Magazine Scans > 2013 > Daily Mail Weekend (September)

The beautiful Lily is on the cover of Wonderland magazine in the September/October issue. The Autumn issue comes out on 5th on newsstands. I will add the scans as soon as possible!