Sunday 19 November 2017

'I love being Downton's most hated' -- Siobhan

'DOWNTON Abbey' star Siobhan Finneran says she gets a kick out of playing the most-hated character on the ITV1 period drama.

The actress (46) stars as bitter spinster Sarah O'Brien, Lady Grantham's scheming lady's maid.

She told the 'Radio Times': "I have great fun being sniffy to everyone! I love O'Brien the most when she's spiteful and has a brilliant put-down. She's a clever lady and a bad enemy to make.

"Some people like to think she was just born bad, but I believe at some point she has had some damage done to her.

"I have invented a back story for her, although whether that matches what (creator) Julian (Fellowes) had in mind, I'm not sure.

"The fact she had a family she cared about came as a surprise."

However the Benidorm actress went on to say that she would like to see her alter ego find romance.

"O'Brien with a boyfriend would be stupendous! Who would be brave enough?"

Irish Independent

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