Dorset based Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes bans hugging
Downton Abbey star Laura Carmichael has revealed creator Julian Fellowes has a strict ban on hugging and emotions on the show – to keep the authentic stiff upper lip of the era.
The actress, who plays Lady Edith Crawley, said she and Michelle Dockery, who plays her sister Lady Mary, wanted to embrace as they acted out scenes in the wake of Matthew Crawley’s death.
Mary’s husband Matthew, played by Dan Stevens, was killed in a car crash at the end of the Christmas special.
But to tie in with the self-restraint of the era, they had to rein in their emotions.
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Miss Carmichael said: “I think there’s part of us in the modern day that we look at these characters and want them to have a cry and hug it out.
“But it’s the 1920s British upper classes so there’s not much allowed. As much as we’re longing for them to bond over it.”