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Elizabeth McGovern: I don't jam on Downton set

Elizabeth McGovern tries to keep her guitar playing to a minimum on the set of Downton Abbey, although others like to have a sing-along.

The American actress plays Cora Crawley in the smash hit period drama, well known for its lavish settings and vintage dresses.

Away from her Downton duties Elizabeth is a keen musician, playing with band Sadie and the Hotheads. Sometimes the two career choices overlap, although the 53-year-old tries to keep her music on the down-low when filming.

"I do bring my guitar with me every day, but I try to sort of be quiet about it. Sometimes other people will play my guitar, and we’ll sing and have fun, but I try to keep my concentration on actually making the show," Elizabeth admitted to the American edition of Elle magazine.

"It’s hard work, it’s not like you can sit around doing other stuff a lot of the time. So I usually I just try to get on with the work."

However, Elizabeth did get to show off her skills for the eagerly awaited Christmas at Downton Abbey album that hits shelves next week. The record features 45 Christmas songs with Julian Ovenden and Jim Carter also part of it.

In the past Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary Crawley, has leant her vocal talents to Sadie and the Hotheads tracks.

"Michelle did the harmony on our second album, How Not to Lose Things, so she’s very much a part of that CD. I’d write the songs and she’d supply the harmonies for them. It was a lot of fun, and we used to practice them on set, which I really enjoyed," Elizabeth smiled.

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