May 25, 2022

EP. 266 — What’s It Like To Return To Downton Abbey? with Laura Carmichael and Allen Leech

Jonathan has spent a decade preparing for this week’s episode: they’ve pored over countless hours of footage, consulted with historians, even married a Brit. Today, that research pays off, as Jonathan interviews Allen Leech and Laura Carmichael aka Tom Branson and Lady Edith of Downton FUCKING Abbey. Listen in as they discuss behind-the-scenes stories, the work that goes into creating a historical drama, and the new film Downton Abbey: A New Era.

A note to Downton fans! This episode contains spoilers, notably around 21 minutes, 32 minutes, and 51 minutes in.

Downton Abbey: A New Era is playing in theaters now. You can follow the latest on Twitter @DowntonAbbey, Instagram @downtonabbey_official, and Facebook @DowntonAbbey.

A native of south Dublin, award winning actor Allen Leech is best known for his role in Downton Abbey, where he plays Tom Branson, chauffeur turned estate manager. You can follow Allen on Twitter @Allenleech and on Instagram @therealleech.

Laura Carmichael plays Lady Edith in Downtown Abbey and will also play the lead role in the second season of thriller series The Secret She Keeps later this year. You can follow Laura on Twitter @carmichelle and Instagram @larrycarmichael.

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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness & Allen Leech and Laura Carmichael of Downton Abbey  JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness. And every week I sit down for a gorgeous conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. On today’s episode, I’m joined by Allen Leech and Laura Carmichael, a.k.a. Tom Branson and Lady Fucking Edith of Downton Abbey, where I ask them: can I not have a nervous breakdown while I interview two of the most amazing cast members from Downton Abbey? Welcome to Getting Curious. This is Jonathan Van Ness. I’m literally going to shit my pants. We have not one but two cast members from the upcoming film Downton Abbey: A New Era. The film follows—you know what, if you are listening to this podcast and you don’t know the name of, okay, fine—it’s the Crawleys, it’s the Crawleys. And it follows their journey as they go to the south of France, they uncover

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