Downton Abbey’s mild-mannered cook finds her voice in the final series – Chris Bennion spoke to Sophie McShera
Sophie McShera is part of the original Downton Abbey cast, having played the part of assistant cook Daisy Mason since series one. Often seen as meek and mild, Daisy is becomingly increasingly politicised and forthright with her opinions.
Before Downton, McShera had her breakthrough role in BBC drama Waterloo Road, as Sixth Form student Ros McCain. She has also starred in the job centre-based sitcom, The Job Lot, and was a central character in the Seance Time episode of the critically-acclaimed Inside No.9.
We spoke to her about Daisy’s new-found confidence and the end of Downton Abbey.
Was it emotional for you, filming your final ever Downton Abbey scenes?
It kind of hit us by surprise. We all thought we were fine, we were doing okay, and then the final shots hit us quite hard. I can’t say what it was (the scene), but it ended up by chance being a lovely scene, and it had loads of people in it. It got six of us wrapped in. It was quite moving doing it, so that was just by chance.
Did you celebrate afterwards?
This is what everyone keeps asking and it’s a bit embarrassing… We just had a cuddle in the carpark (at Ealing Studios). I’ve said this a lot, but Jim (Carter, who plays the butler, Carson) said it was like leaving your handbag at a party, because we’d done all our goodbyes, and then we just saw each other again today. So it’s a bit embarrassing. But we’d just been at work. We don’t really go out after work.
Will there be a proper wrap party?
Yeah, on Saturday, for the whole cast and crew.
Have you had any interesting fan letters at all?
No, we just get lots of nice people writing in. It’s a nice thing when people tell you that it’s made them happy, or something like that.
Can I ask you about filming the outburst at the auction (in the opening episode of series six)?
I’ve not seen it!