Downton Abbey's Edith and Mary can't forgive

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 September 2011
Michelle Dockery

Michelle Dockery

Michelle Dockery says her character Lady Mary Crawley and her sister Lady Edith will ''never forgive each other'' for their behaviour leading to tension in the new series of 'Downton Abbey'

Lady Mary and Lady Edith Crawley will "never forgive each other" for their behaviour in the first series of 'Downton Abbey'.

While there will be a thaw in the relationship between the warring sisters - played by Michelle Dockery and Laura Carmichael - in the second season of the ITV1 period drama, Michelle believes the pair will never fully recover from Edith revealing details of Mary's passionate tryst with a Turkish diplomat or Mary ruining Edith's chances of an engagement.

She said: "The rivalry between Edith and Mary has softened, there's enough there to keep the audience entertained but I think the war has brought on bigger things to worry about. Edith and Mary do look out for each other a little bit more but I don't think they'll ever forgive each other completely for what they did to each other in the first series and to be honest I wouldn't like them to, I think the drama in that relationship is just brilliant, I loved filming those scenes."

However, Mary will grow even closer to her youngest sister Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay) much to the latter's annoyance.

Michelle told BANG Showbiz: "In the second series Mary becomes quite protective of Sybil almost to the point where she's really annoying and that's so true of real life, I'm the youngest sister in my family and I can see the similarities. Julian (Fellowes) writes sisters so well."

'Downton Abbey' returns on September 18 on ITV1.

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