People have preconceptions about women of a certain age.
I get invited to a lot more glamorous parties since Ive been in Downton Abbey, which has made me much more fashion conscious.
I did an O-level in domestic science when I was at school, but on the day of the practical exam, it was a cookery nightmare.
I believe anything can happen.
Coming eyeball to eyeball with a hummingbird on my terrace is as exciting to me as any celebrity Ive met as a result of Downton Abbey.
I always admire people who have passion.
As an actor, you never know where the works going to come, so you have to be flexible about it.
Ive been to the White House and had Hilary Clinton push through the crowd to come and meet me. Chelsea Clinton, too.
Ive not cooked Christmas dinner since 1982.
Im an ambassador for Medical Detection dogs.
I was painfully shy as a child.
I want to have a scene with Maggie Smith.
I think I should be a nightclub singer. I love to sing!
I don't like being shouted at.
The first meal my husband ever made me was a chicken curry. I have never tasted anything so delicious in my life.
I mean, I've done musicals, but it's not my best thing.
I can do basics, but I'm not a proper cook. I can do a roast. I can stick a chicken in the oven with vegetables.
I guess that is my favorite thing - to make people laugh and also to maybe engage them emotionally and touch them somehow in telling the story.
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