DOWNTON ABBEY SPECIAL: The lengths the cast went to getting into character

DOWNTON ABBEY SPECIAL: From wrestling with vintage cars to extreme corset relief, the lengths the cast went to getting into – and out of – character

10:53 PM on 16th September 2011

“I thought I was going to kill the cameraman!”: Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith,was learning to drive at the same time as her character

Get set: Hugh Bonneville is dressed for his role as Lord Grantham, accompanied by Dan Stevens , who plays Matthew Crawley, his distant cousin and heir

Get set: Hugh Bonneville is dressed for his role as Lord Grantham, accompanied by Dan Stevens , who plays Matthew Crawley, his distant cousin and heir

Strike a pose: The Crawley sisters in costume but between takes

Strike a pose: The Crawley sisters in costume but between takes

MISTER HISTORY
Downton Abbeys historical advisor Alastair Bruce (pictured with Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary) was probably the most popular man on set

TAKE FOUR: Images from behind the scenes…
Sophie McShera (Daisy) gets ready for her close-up Rob James-Collier (Thomas) and Siobhan Finneran (OBrien) shoot a scene below stairs

LEFT: Sophie McShera (Daisy) gets ready for her close-up RIGHT: Rob James-Collier (Thomas) and Siobhan Finneran (O’Brien) shoot a scene below stairs

Brendan Coyle (Bates) and Joanne Froggatt (Anna) have a heart-to-heart Jim Carter (Carson) has his hair Brilliantined

LEFT: Brendan Coyle (Bates) and Joanne Froggatt (Anna) have a heart-to-heart
RIGHT: Jim Carter (Carson) has his hair Brilliantined

The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes is published by Harper Collins, 20. To order a copy for 16 (p&p free) call 0843 382 0000

The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes is published by Harper Collins, 20. To order a copy for 16 (p&p free) call 0843 382 0000