'Downton' cast ordered to keep stiff upper lip
Downton Abbey star Laura Carmichael has revealed creator Julian Fellowes has a ban on hugging and emotions on the show to maintain 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 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.
"Julian's quite firm with us – as much as Michelle and I, two very modern, emotional women, are going, 'Can't we just have a hug?'"