May 08, 2014


Siobhan Finneran
Siobhan Finneran
Siobhan Finneran has revealed she would like to reprise her role as devious maid Miss O'Brien in 'Downton Abbey' so she can wreck the Bates' marriage.
Siobhan Finneran wants to return to 'Downton Abbey'.
The actress would love to reprise her role as scheming lady's maid Miss O'Brien in the ITV period drama and can see it happening if the right storyline came along.
She told The Sun newspaper: "I'd love playing her but she'd have to go back for some reason. I'd love to return and wreck the Bates' marriage or something like that.
"Miss O'Brien was so wicked, bitter, horrible and vile but she was funny as well as being very, very, sharp. Maybe one day O'Brien will fly back on her broomstick to cause mischief and mayhem."
Siobhan quit the popular drama in 2012 to pursue other acting projects, swiftly landing a role in 'Benidorm'.
But it seems the 48-year-old star's wishes could come true since she has now left her role as Janice Garvey in the comedy series, with her on-screen family also being written out of the cast.
She explained: "We just felt it was time for us to say goodbye."
'Downton Abbey' creator Julian Fellowes previously revealed he hoped fan favourite character Mrs. O'Brien could make a return in the next series.
He said: "I'd love it if she did [return]. [In America] you can get actors for five or seven years. For some shows you have to sign a thing saying you are prepared for that when you go for an audition, when you haven't even got the part!
"We just don't have that. No agent will give you an actor for longer than three years in England."
I for one, would LOVE to see what would happen if she returned!  Think of all the mayhem and drama she could cause.  I'd like to see her take on Branson's new love interest, the school teacher.  Not thrilled with that relationship. 
What do you think?  
Should Miss O'Brien return to Downton??


  1. I was glad to the back of her after all the chaos she caused and also I just cannot help to feel animosity over the whole miscarriage thing.

  2. I would love to see her back. Particularly, if she would continue to be Thomas' nemesis rather than accomplice. Siobhan's a fantastic actress and O'Brien's the lady's maid you love to hate.

  3. haven't missed her. I like the actress, but not the character. Too diabolical!

  4. Great actress, but I was glad she disappeared so quickly! So mean! Did she run away with Rose's parents?

  5. Great actress, but I was happy her character disappeared so quickly! One day she was gone! Poof! Did she go to work for Rose's parents? (June, I love love love your website!) Saying no the return of scheming O'Brian's possible return.