Published On: Thu, Aug 22nd, 2013

Sophie McShera talks Joanne Froggatt ‘ruining’ takes, the historical advisor as ‘Downton Abbey’ season 4 nears

Typically when you think Downton Abbey, fans envision something that is pretty formal, a serious show which treats tragedy with dignity and respect – notably character deaths.

Sophie McShera on 'Downton Abbey'

Sophie McShera on ‘Downton Abbey’

The humor on the show takes a back seat, but talking in a new interview with Heatworld Sophie McShera explained that some of the humor comes behind-the-scenes in takes and Joanne Froggatt is the worst offender.

“We think Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates) has got problems with authority. She’s ruined so many takes by forgetting to stand up for Mr Carson.”

Even with joking aside, Froggatt’s character provides a ton of interest for fans as she helped Lady Mary hide a dead body, conducted an illicit relationship with a married man and snuck off with Mr Bates for a night of passion when he was wanted for murder.

McShera explained that the historical perspective is key to the show’s success. “We get a talk at the beginning of every series from the historical adviser.”

“I was getting a bit beyond myself in the kitchen because I’m an assistant cook… I was bossing people around…When I was bossing one of the maids about, he came in and said, ‘No, no. You can’t boss the maids around. They are way above you’.”

Check out the full article here

Downton Abbey season 4 is set to debut in the fall.

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