Entertainment Weekly report that news of Nicol’s role in Once Upon A Time was broken by cast member Josh Dallas, who plays Prince Charming, on Twitter. The actor tweeted ‘As a Huge #DowntonAbbey Fan I’m very excited @lesley_nicol is coming to #OnceUponATime’.
The fantasy drama’s showrunner Damon Lindelof replied to Dallas’ tweet with ‘It is unfair that England gets to see DOWNTON ABBEY before us’ As yet there are no details on the role which Lesley Nicol will play in Once Upon A Time other than her character will have a “special connection” to Snow White’s family.
Lesley Nicol plays Downton Abbey’s cook Mrs Patmore and is expected to return for the recently commissioned fourth season. Nicol’s other notable roles include appearances in Brookside, Shameless, Marple, Casualty and Heartbeat. The actress also appeared in the BBC‘s adaptations of the Chronicles of Narnia in the late 1980s. Nicol played Mrs. Beaver in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and the Giant Queen in The Silver Chair.