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Nigel Harman Talks About His Villainous Role In Downton Abbey

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10/08/2013 11:13 am
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Nigel Harman Talks About His Villainous Role In Downton Abbey
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Dani Strehle

Content Editor

Downton Abbey fans had a lot to process after the third episode of Season Four this past Sunday. The little sleeper series that took the world by storm departed from the typical class-hierarchy drama and integrated a controversial story-line into the normally straight-laced show. Nigel Harman, who is a new addition to the cast this season, spoke about his role in the combative turn-of-events that took place on Sunday. Warning! Spoilers beyond this point… Harman’s character, Mr. Green (referred to as Mr. Gillingham, staying true to the tradition of calling the help by their master’s name), was responsible for the vicious and ferocious rape of fan-favorite Anna Bates, played by the incredible Joanne Froggat. Harman explained to ITV’s This Morning that, "It was a shocking and bold storyline, and something that when I was sent the script and read it was, like, amazed and excited by it, if that makes sense, because for a show like Downton it really leaped out as a bold and risky idea... and I'd worked with Joanne Froggat and Brendan Coyle before and we had a rehearsal and went for it. And what we wanted to do was to try and not signal about what was to come." He also stated that, "We went for something - as it would be in real life - very shocking. It was exciting to play, especially in the context of Downton... to have a female voice was still a new idea [in that era]." Harman, who comes from the show EastEnders, also confessed that he originally auditioned for the role of his Lord and master, Lord Gillingham. But that part was ultimately given to Tom Cullen. "When I went for my audition it was for Tom Cullen's role as Lord Gillingham and I went in and did my best Lord audition - I even ironed my shirt and I had perfect hair. I charmed the socks off the bosses, or so I thought, and I was thinking, 'That went well'... and my phone went the next day and it was my agent to say, 'They loved you at Downton, but they think you're much more suited to being downstairs', so that's how it came about!" The fourth episode of this enthralling fourth season can be viewed on ITV this Sunday, October 13, at 9 p.m.


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