Simon Weston gives Downton Abbey advice

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Simon Weston

Simon Weston

Falklands veteran Simon Weston, who was badly burned in 1982, has been giving advice to 'Downton Abbey' cast members about disfigurement.

Falklands veteran Simon Weston has been appointed as an advisor on 'Downton Abbey'.

The 50-year-old former Welsh Guardsman - who suffered severe burns in 1982 - was called upon by producers for the ITV period drama to give actor Trevor White, who will play soldier Patrick Gordon, advice about facial disfigurement.

Simon said: "We got on incredibly well. He wanted to know some things about disfigurement and what it should look like. I told him about different sores and how it can be around the edges of a skin graft.

"There is always scarring that does not heal and to make it authentic I told him he would not be able to shave around it so you end up with little tufts of hair."

Real-life war veterans who have lost limbs during conflicts are set to star in the forthcoming series, which will see the Downton stately home become a shelter for the wounded and sick.

Producer Liz Trubridge told the Daily Star newspaper: "We had incredible extras. Some of the amputees were war veterans or people who had lost limbs in accidents."

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