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January 08, 2014

In the days before Downton: Mrs Hughes in a mini-skirt?!

Carson & Mrs. Hughes
We're so used to seeing them in period dress that it is, at first, quite tricky to work out who is who.  But once your eyes adjust you'll recognise housekeeper Mrs Hughes, Carson the butler, Lord and Lady Grantham, Matthew Crawley and Daisy the kitchen maid...just not as you know them. At all.

These photographs prove that there was life before ITV's Downton Abbey, and reveals what some of the hit drama series' stars were doing before it appeared on our screens.

You'll also find Hugh Bonneville removed from his seat as Lord of the house and left Holding The Baby in the 1997 comedy series, and Dan Stevens' dapper Matthew Crawley replaced by a beaten prisoner in Sheffied's Crucible Theatre's production of Romans In Britain, directed by Sam West in 2006.

And it's impossible not to be delighted by both Sophie McShera - that's Daisy the kitchen maid to you Downton fans - in her Waterloo Road school uniform in 2009, and, of course, Carson the butler (actor Jim Carter) as the cowardly lion in the Royal Shakespeare Company's 1987 theatrical production of the Wizard of Oz.

Phyllis Logan as housekeeper Elsie Hughes in Downton AbbeyPhyllis Logan at the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily in 1983, where she won a Best Actress Award for her role in Another Time, Another Place
Phyllis Logan as housekeeper Elsie Hughes in Downton Abbey, left, and at the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily in 1983, where she won a Best Actress Award for her role in Another Time, Another Place, right

Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Cora Grantham in Downton AbbeyBrad Pitt and Elizabeth McGovern in The Favor in 1994
Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Cora Grantham in Downton Abbey, left, and with Brad Pitt in The Favor in 1994

Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, in Downton AbbeyHugh Bonneville, front centre, with Sally Phillips, Joe Duttine and Lou Gish in Holding The Baby in 1997
Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, in Downton Abbey, left, and in TV comedy series Holiding The Baby in 1997, right
Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley in Downton AbbeyDan Stevens, left, performing in The Romans In Britain at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre in 2006
Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey, left, and performing in The Romans In Britain at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre in 2006, right
Sophie McShera as Daisy the kitchen maid in ITV's Downton AbbeyDownton Abbey actress Sophie Mcshera in Waterloo Road in 2009
Sophie McShera as Daisy the kitchen maid in ITV's Downton Abbey, left, and in Waterloo Road in 2009
Jim Carter as Charles Carson the butler in Downton AbbeyJim Carter as the lion in the RSC's 1987 theatrical production of the  Wizard of Oz
Jim Carter as Charles Carson the butler in Downton Abbey. left, and as the cowardly lion in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of The Wizard of Oz at the Barbican in 1987


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2 comments:

  1. I remember Phyllis Logan being in the Lovejoy series. It was about a not quite reputable antique expert played by Ian McShane. Her character was a Lady and the love interest.

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  2. I didn't know that Mrs. Hughes was so hot back in the 80's.

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