Jessica Brown

Submitted by on Oct 28, 2015

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I shout at the radio when someone starts talking over the end of a song. Shut up! I don’t want to hear that the DJ has just found a mouldy sandwich in the corner of the studio. Nor do I like it when the magic of something you’re watching is shattered by an advert for Argos.

I trained as a ballet dancer and fell in love with Rudolf Nureyev; I thought him the most beautiful creature. My mum had to break it to me that not only was he gay, but he was dead.

I trained as a ballet dancer till I was 18, so I would really like to get back to it. I’d love it if there was a part that meant I could do both acting and ballet, as they’re both so close to my heart.

I’m starting to shake it off, I am quite self-conscious, and it’s only when I’m playing roles that I can escape that. The older I get, the more people tell me it’s absolutely fine to be the way you are with all your quirks and nuances, and I wish I’d learnt that younger – I would have relaxed a bit more.

I’ve got four piercings in my left, so we’ve dubbed my right one the ‘period drama ear.’ I have to be filmed from that side when I do emotional close-ups in ‘Downton.’

My style icons would be people like Brigitte Bardot and old Hollywood actresses who always look so stunning, cool and chic. I like classic and timeless looks.

On the surface, it’s really easy to dismiss certain characters, but sometimes you find that the most interesting parts are disappointingly shallow. It’s your job as an actress to pull that person apart, and work out why they act the way that they do.

Sometimes when a scene is written or directed to be shouted or played incredibly angrily, I always think it’s way more terrifying when someone is fuming and talks in a very calm way. I always want people to shout at me if they’re angry – it freaks me out that whole thing of, ‘I’m not angry I’m just disappointed.’

The first episodes I actually read for ‘Downton,’ Sybil was really intimidated and hadn’t come into her own. So it’s only in Series Two that she’s become so headstrong. In general, I find it exciting to play strong, female roles because they’re shocking.

We filmed ‘Labyrinth’ in South Africa for two and a half months and it was just the most unbelievable experience. Lots of sword fighting, mud in hair and lots of weeping! It’s very different from ‘Downton’ because I was going to work and having mud put in my hair – it’s the other extreme of the look!

Ever since I was young, I’ve read Austen and the Brontes. My friends laugh, but those books are always so tragic and wonderful – those stories, they’re just incredible.

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