Siobhan Finneran loves being Downton villain

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 October 2012
Siobhan Finneran

Siobhan Finneran

Siobhan Finneran enjoys playing bitter maid Sarah O'Brien on 'Downton Abbey', but hopes viewers will get to see a softer side to her character in future

Siobhan Finneran loves playing the bad girl on 'Downton Abbey'.

The actress has "great fun" portraying bitter spinster Sarah O'Brien on the ITV1 period drama and has invented a tragic back-story for her alter-ego because she believes she is secretly soft at heart.

Siobhan said: "I actually have great fun being sniffy to everyone! I love O'Brien the most when she's spiteful and has a brilliant put-down. She's a clever lady and a bad enemy to make. Some people think she was just born bad, but I believe that at some point she has had some damage done to her.

"I have invested a back story for her, although whether that matches what [creator] Julian Fellowes had in mind, I'm not sure. The fact she had a nephew and family came as a surprise."

The actress hopes viewers will get to see a different side to Lady Grantham's cunning maid in the future and thinks some romantic interest would provide great comedy.

Siobhan added to The Sun newspaper: "O'Brien with a boyfriend would be stupendous! Who would be brave enough to take her on a date? Kevin Doyle, who plays Joseph Molesley, and I are always speculating what our characters would be like on a date - it would be hilarious."

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