Keeley Hawes discusses Upstairs Downstairs role
Keeley Hawes has discussed her role in the forthcoming BBC revival of period drama Upstairs Downstairs.
Keeley Hawes has discussed her role in the forthcoming BBC revival of period drama Upstairs Downstairs. The Ashes to Ashes actress plays Lady Agnes Holland in the BBC revival of the classic LWT series. The new Upstairs Downstairs is a continuation of the original series – and not a remake as some originally suggested – and is set several years after the conclusion of the original run and see’s Jean Marsh reprise her role of Rose.
“Agnes is a good egg, She’s a politician’s wife so she has to be seen to be fashionable and respectable in the same way that Sam Cam does now. She and her husband are very much in love. When we meet them everything’s good with the world, then Agnes’s mother-in-law Maud appears and that’s the first of many spanners in the works.” – Keeley Hawes speaking to The Daily Telegraph
Starring alongside Keeley Hawes in the new Upstairs Downstairs will be Ed Stoppard as her husband and Dame Eileen Atkins as Maud, her on-screen mother-in-law. The three part new series will launch on BBC One this Christmas. Hawes has also discussed ITV’s recent smash hit drama Downton Abbey and praised the series.
“I’m really thrilled about Downton Abbey. For so long everybody’s been saying, ‘Where’s the quality drama?’ If there’s room for 30 reality shows, surely there’s room for two amazing costume dramas. From the tiny amount of Downton I saw it was gorgeous, but as far as I can make out it has a very different feeling to Upstairs. One is town, one is country, and they’re set in different eras. But hopefully they’re not too different, because it was so brilliant and that’s what people like.” – Keeley Hawes speaking to The Daily Telegraph
You can watch some clips from the revived Upstairs Downstairs, part of the BBC’s Christmas Showreel, by clicking here >>