Fancy dresses and spacious dining rooms only go so far on "Downton Abbey."
According to Lesley Nicol, who plays Mrs. Patmore, the cook, on the PBS series, the servants have a lot more fun than the high class folks.
We get told off quite a lot," Nicol admitted to Vulture. "It’s a different atmosphere than upstairs, which has nothing to do with the actors. They’re just more restrained upstairs because they’re filming in somebody else’ house, a fancy house with expensive stuff around. They can’t be too giddy. The servants are on a set, so we can be more ourselves. The spirits are high downstairs!"
Season 3 of "Downton Abbey" has seen its fair share of plot twists and cast shakeups, and more can be expected in Season 4 ... particularly with the arrival of Lady Mary's new boyfriend.
According to The Daily Mail, the role is a coveted one -- and the producers aren't giving it to just anyone.
"Some were too dark, some too blond, some too bland -- though a couple have been put on a shortlist that the producers and creative people will discuss," a source reportedly said. "The main criteria for him is that he should be posh -- and pretty."
The season finale of "Downton Abbey" airs on Sunday, February 17 at 9 p.m. EST on PBS.