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Downton Abbey's Lesley Nicol: 'Mrs Patmore and Daisy can be vile!' (VIDEO)

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We didn’t think it was possible to love Downton Abbey’s Sophie McShera (opens in new tab) and Lesley Nicol (opens in new tab) more until we filmed this interview.

Chatting to What’s on TV (opens in new tab), Sophie and Lesley pretended to deny their close bond, but it’s plain to see…

Sophie, best known as Downton’s assistant cook, Daisy Mason, joked: “We despise each other off screen. It’s a nightmare!”

Lesley, who plays Downton, cook, Mrs Patmore, added: “I’m really over her now, it’s been the longest six years.”

During the interview the duo revealed there will be sparks between Daisy and Mrs Patmore this series, although the unrelated characters share an almost mother-daughter bond:

Sophie: “The relationship this year is quite tricky.”

Lesley: “The dynamic has become different. Daisy has a brain, and it’s working... Mrs Patmore’s protective love of Daisy certainly hasn’t gone away. They’re just more challenging to each other.”

Sophie: “That’s the joy of this relationship Julian Fellowes wrote... They can really be vile to each other and really fall out, but you never fear that they’re not going to come back together.”

Lesley: “Which is pretty accurate for mothers and daughters sometimes, isn’t it? They love each other to bits but can be vile.”

Lesley also revealed filming their final scenes was an emotional experience: “The mood on set was emotional… it’s a big deal for it to finish.”

Cinderella star Sophie said: “We had a lovely last scene were we were altogether. It was perfect that we didn’t have to wrap on our own.”

Lesley added: “Bit by bit people would have their little well up and then go away. And then at the end there was a bit of a meltdown. But you expect that. It would have been a bit odd if it wasn’t like that.”

For the full interview with Lesley and Sophie watch the video, above. "]

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Elaine Reilly
Elaine Reilly

With twenty years of experience as an entertainment journalist, Elaine writes for What’s on TV, TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and (opens in new tab) (opens in new tab) covering a variety of programs from gardening and wildlife to documentaries and drama.


As well as active involvement in the WTW family’s social media accounts, she has been known to get chatty on the red carpet and wander into the odd podcast. 

After a day of previewing TV, writing about TV and interviewing TV stars, Elaine likes nothing than to relax… by watching TV.