Her eyes have been opened to this world outside of Downton. I read you and Lesley Nicol Mrs. Patmore are close in real life. Has the mother-daughter relationship has rubbed off on you? We love each other. I look forward to any scenes with her, which is a lot. When I got that script I was thinking, Oh my gosh, does she leave? Do you think Daisy will ever find love? Lesley asked for romance and got it.
Can you ask [Downton creator] Julian Fellowes for a boyfriend? Well, there was one who just helped out in London! But hopefully she will. Do you think the servants will figure out the truth about Lady Edith and Marigold? It sure seems to be spreading like wildfire among the family, with Robert having just figured it out.
So I think she and Patmore will be the last to know. Is Branson [Allen Leech] really leaving? What can you tell us about her? Quite different from plain Daisy. And [Lily] just looked so heartbroken. Every time they said cut, we apologized. But most of the time it was quite fun and silly. Lily was so perfect for that role. As soon as Holiday and I met her, we were even more in love with her. It was incredible to get to be in scenes with her because to watch her work and work with her was such an experience.
We were just pinching ourselves every time we did a scene. I read your big break came when you were 12 because you could do an American accent. It was my first Saturday drama club and they were sending five girls to London for a play audition. They were desperately trying to find someone they could take and they pointed at me and said, "Can you do an American accent?
And they said, "Can you sing? It was The Goodbye Girl. You also starred in the musical Annie. Yeah, in the West End, and then I did a little bit of the tour. And I had so much fun doing it, which is the joy of being 12, I guess. Do you get all of the scripts in advance? We usually get five or six scripts and we do a big read-through for two days.
Any hints about Daisy? Daisy is still very much on the path of education in a way and still being very, very feisty. Can you squeeze in other work while doing Downton? I play a very work-shy character who comes in each week trying to get out of any work.