Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Elizabeth McGovern on ‘grungy’ style

Elizabeth McGovern

Downton Abbey star Elizabeth McGovern was relieved to "get rid" of corsets in the latest season.

The 52-year-old actress portrays Cora, Countess of Grantham, in the popular UK TV series. While her upper class character is always well-dressed, Elizabeth admits she doesn't make as much of an effort in real life.

"Right now I'm rehearsing with my band Sadie and the Hotheads, and I don't have time to think about what I'm wearing. I've been in the same old jeans and T-shirt for three weeks," she revealed to British magazine Grazia. "I shouldn't really confess to that, should I?

"I do like to wear designers, but I don't usually make the effort because my life is so grungy."

Elizabeth also spoke about the clothes she wears on Downton Abbey. The period drama is set in England and the cast wear elaborate outfits popular in the early 1900s. While the actress admires the work that goes into each piece, she is happy that her character is now embracing trends from the 1920s.

"I love the costumes on the show. They're more comfortable this series," Elizabeth said. "I was happy to get rid of the corsets."

In a special episode scheduled to air over the Christmas holidays, Cora attends a ball where she presents her niece to the King of England. Elizabeth was particularly enamoured with the gown she wore for these scenes.

"I wore a white feathered dress for the Buckingham Palace scenes," she smiled. "It was lovely."

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