We get up close and personal with Downton Abbey star

2015-04-11 16:00

Cape Town – The much anticipated 4th season of the popular period drama Downton Abbey will make its debut on Sunday 12 April at 21:00 on BBC Entertainment (120).

As they face new challenges, the Crawley family and the servants who work for them remain interlinked.

Six months after Matthew’s tragic death, his loss is still felt throughout the great house. Mary struggles to face a new future with her fatherless child and is encouraged by the family to pick up the pieces. Accepting a new role on the estate, the now eligible Mary also finds herself the reluctant object of attention from a number of eager suitors.

With the twenties in full swing and the tides of change sweeping through Downton, Rose’s continued attraction to the bright lights of London spells trouble for the Crawleys, and Edith’s budding relationship with Gregson is threatened by events beyond her control.

Meanwhile, below stairs, passions run high and young hearts look set to be broken.

Ed Speleers who plays Jimmy Kent gives a bit more insight on his character and what to expect from his character in the new season.

Jimmy Kent may only have been working in Downton Abbey for a year but according to Ed Speleers already he’s tiring of the place.

“He’s restless. In his mind he wants to create mischief because everything’s a little tedious for him. Everything he says at the moment has just got the slightest tone of boredom about it. He’s a little bit facetious with everyone whether it’s Alfred, or people who are above him, even Mrs Patmore, Anna, Carson… every time he’s asked to do something there’s a slight cheek to it.”

It’s O’Brien’s departure that leads to Jimmy hankering for something new for himself.

“There’s a scene where they’re all sitting in the servants’ hall talking and he’s quite inspired by the fact she’s gone. I think he does want to see some of the world. But at the same time he might just be all talk. He might never ever have the courage or the guts to actually go and venture into the outside world.”

The explosive storyline of Thomas and his unrequited love for Jimmy is now well behind them – “there’s a good rapport between Thomas and Jimmy now” says Speleers. But in its place comes more unrequited affection, this time from Ivy to Jimmy. At first, Jimmy appears to be interested.

“It starts off as he’s just trying it on, just to put the needle into Alfred, to wind Alfred up as much as possible because that’s what he gets a kick out of. I think his standpoint on Ivy is that she’s a nice girl and everything else but I think it’s all a game for him. Of course, things between them could develop as the series goes on.”

Does that mean that Jimmy is turning in to a bad boy, filling Thomas’s shoes perhaps?

“He’s potentially a bad boy. But he’s not really done anything too naughty as yet. I would love to do that. I don’t think I’m type cast per se but I would revel in being able to cause some trouble. More often than not I’ve played guys in my career who are, for want of a better word, nice.” Speleers sees Jimmy as representative of a whole generation of young men who had been to war, returned and started to see that there might be more to life than service at a large country estate.

“Things were moving forward so quickly at that time that it would be hard for a young man not to take notice of it. Politically and socially and everything else. You would be reading papers and be aware of the fact that,

‘Hang on, there is probably more to life than aspiring to be a valet or a butler. Perhaps there is something else I can do.’”

What about Speleers? Does he fancy his chances as a butler or valet? How’s his real life silver service?

“There’s an air of arrogance in me that would probably say I would fancy my chances but I think I’d get down there and I would bottle it. My first week or two I was carrying a silver tray full of teacups and coffee mugs. The whole thing just went flying in to the air – I didn’t even slip, I don’t even know how I did it – and it shattered into a million pieces so badly they had to stick the next set down to the tray. That’s obviously the key – child proof the set so I can’t do any more damage!”

Watch the trailer here:

Tune in to Downton Abbey on Sunday at 21:00 on BBC Entertainment (120)

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