Shirley Maclaine ‘hated’ her Downton Abbey period costumes

Series 3 newcomer Shirley Maclaine has revealed that she hated wearing the period clothes whilst filming Downton Abbey

The period costumes may be one of our favourite aspects of eyes-glued-to-the-TV hit Downton Abbey, but it seems not all the cast members were such fans.

Oscar-winning American actress and series 3 newcomer Shirley Maclaine has revealed that she ‘hated’ wearing the extravagant 1920s fashion on set whilst filming the upcoming season.

The self-confessed ‘jogging pants and tennis shoes’ kinda gal, who plays Lady Grantham’s mother Martha Levinson in two episodes of the show, did not enjoy the restricting matriarchal clothes, fur coats and OTT accessories, which were all vintage American pieces sourced from an antique costume house in California’s San Fernando Valley.

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She told the Daily Express newspaper: ‘I hated to put that stuff on. I’m not one for wardrobe.’

Fussy clothes aside, the acting legend revealed that she ‘loved’ filming Downton Abbey at Highclere Castle in Hampshire this year for the Emmy-nominated series.

She said: ‘Now that’s a once in a lifetime experience, to shoot in such a hallowed place. I enjoyed very, very much that castle and the grounds and the past and the hauntings and the energy. I’m very much into that stuff.’

Downton Abbey series 3 returns to our TV screens for eight episodes in the autumn, followed by a feature-length Christmas special. We can hardly contain our excitement!

Are you looking forward to Downton Abbey series 3? What do you think the cast will have in store? Let us know in the comments box below…

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