Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery says the costumes smelt as multiple people shared them

Michelle Dockery has confessed that the costumes on the set of Downton Abbey smelt bad because they were worn by multiple people on set.

The actress, 40, who played Lady Mary on the hit show, told Downton Abbey: The Official Podcast how the elaborate outfits were shared meaning they gave off a smell by the end of the day.

The podcast, hosted by Jacqueline Coley and Anita Rani, features exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes access to the cast production teams.

Smelly! Michelle Dockery has confessed that the costumes on the set of Downton Abbey smelt bad because they were worn by multiple people on set

Michelle said: ‘Yes, let’s start with the smell. So some of these stunning original costumes have been worn by several actors.

‘They’re just sort of giving off a little hum, and it is normally by the end of the day of course because you’ve been in them all day.

‘And they just hum, and it’s not your smell, it’s like somebody else’s smell.’

Starring role: The actress, 40, who played Lady Mary on the hit show, told Downton Abbey: The Official Podcast how the elaborate outfits were shared meaning they gave off a smell by the end of the day (pictured in Downton Abbey)

Starring role: The actress, 40, who played Lady Mary on the hit show, told Downton Abbey: The Official Podcast how the elaborate outfits were shared meaning they gave off a smell by the end of the day (pictured in Downton Abbey)

She added that she felt much ‘free-er’ as the series progressed, and corsets were no longer of fashion.

She said: ‘We could actually eat our lunches without being sort of in pain by the afternoon, and being able to eat a full meal as opposed to like being wary of how much we would feel bloated in this corset.’

Meanwhile, Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith), voiced her excitemnet about the change in costumes ahead of the new filming.

She revealed: ‘I think moving through the 20s it gets more exciting because the hemlines come up a bit, some more masculine tailoring’.

Exciting: Downton Abbey: A New Era is the highly anticipated cinematic return of the global period drama phenomenon which follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants

Exciting: Downton Abbey: A New Era is the highly anticipated cinematic return of the global period drama phenomenon which follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants

Michelle and Laura are set to star in April’s upcoming film Downton Abbey: A New Era, alongside series stalwarts Dame Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville.

Downton Abbey: A New Era is the highly anticipated cinematic return of the global period drama phenomenon which follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants.

The film, written by Julian Fellowes, takes the familiar faces to the South of France to uncover the mystery of the Dowager Countess’s newly inherited villa as they try to escape a film crew at Downton.

Co-stars!  Michelle and Laura are set to star in April¿s upcoming film Downton Abbey: A New Era, alongside series stalwarts Dame Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville

Co-stars! Michelle and Laura are set to star in April’s upcoming film Downton Abbey: A New Era, alongside series stalwarts Dame Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville

They will be joined by Dominic West, who also opened up to the podcast about his experiences on the set.

He said: ‘It’s very daunting coming onto a show that’s been going for so long that is such a big phenomenon and such a big success.

‘I’d never been to Highclere (castle) before … you go up the drive and you come over the brow of the hill and there it is.

‘It’s like some Disney castle and you can’t quite believe that it’s real.

‘It’s such an extraordinary outline against, against the horizon and … so that was the first sort of intake of breath.’

On meeting his castmates, he added: ‘I had a whole day or two, even with Maggie Smith. I was sitting next to her at that famous dining table.

‘I’m chatting away to her … she’s the funniest woman alive and also the sort of cattiest.

‘It was funny sitting there talking to her, it was brilliant and … all the casts sat down and you could see they’d been doing this for however long.’

Dominic said that eating scenes in the series were ‘difficult’ to film due to the heat and need to shoot individual characters, but added that he had been ‘like a kid in a candy shop’ throughout the process.

Big fan!  Dominic detailed filming days with 'catty' Dame Maggie, who plays the iconic Violet Crawley, who he described as the 'funniest woman alive'

Big fan! Dominic detailed filming days with ‘catty’ Dame Maggie, who plays the iconic Violet Crawley, who he described as the ‘funniest woman alive’

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